Birmingham is currently on the Watch List for Covid-19, meaning that there is currently a spike in cases of people with Covid-19. If this number continues to increase, lockdown measures will be brought in.
If you’re contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service, you will not be asked to provide any passwords, bank account details or pin numbers. Find out more about how NHS test and trace works. You must self-isolate for 10 days if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and receive a positive test result. People in your household should continue to self-isolate for 14 days. It’s so important to do this to keep others safe.
For members of the community whose first language isn’t English, the council’s website has translated audio and written information on Coronavirus Test and Trace.
You can lower the risks of Covid transmission at work by reducing the number of people you regularly encounter. Your employer can help by: changing shift patterns/ rotas to match you with the same team each time, and splitting people into smaller, contained teams.
Washing your hands more often remains vitally important to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you have been outside, please wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before touching your face or any surfaces. Follow NHS advice. No matter how mild your symptoms may be, if you experience any loss/change in sense of smell, loss/change in sense of taste, high temperature, or have a new, continuous cough, you MUST book a test.
Face coverings are now compulsory in many indoor spaces like libraries and public reading rooms. Unless you have a legitimate reason not to, you must wear a face covering to protect others from the spread of infection.
Birmingham City Council has decided to temporarily stop all non-essential visits to care homes within the city.