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Successful Weekend of Contact Tracing

Jun 15, 2021

The COVID Safe team are thanking businesses and the public for achieving an increase in contact tracing details being recorded last weekend.

The sources of all current COVID-19 cases have been successfully traced so far, reiterating the importance of giving accurate contact tracing details at venues, and using the Covid Alert app to keep the Island safe this summer.

Strategic Lead of COVID Safe, Caroline Maffia said: “We continue to pursue all links to cases to understand how and where the transmission of COVID-19 has occurred. Thanks to good contact tracing measures; the honesty, accuracy and speed of information from individuals that have tested positive for Covid-19, we have been able to link new cases back to an original source, which for the time being, means all cases remain linked to the border.

“Providing accurate contact tracing details when visiting hospitality venues is critically important to our COVID Safe team, who work tirelessly to trace cases and direct contacts. This practice will remain in place for the foreseeable future and should be respected by venue visitors.

“We are grateful to businesses who are complying with the legal contact tracing requirements. This continues to help us find and test people most at risk and subsequently slow onwards transmission in the Island.”

Today, Jersey has moved into an interim stage of the Reconnection Roadmap, meaning the legal requirement of masks is no longer required aside from when using public transport, although masks continue to be recommended where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Deputy Medical Officer of Health, Dr Ivan Muscat said: “Although we continue to relax measures, it is important the public remain mindful of the remaining responsibilities they have to keep everyone safe.

“The presence of the Delta variant as the dominant strain has been anticipated throughout relaxation measures and support of existing requirements. We can expect the majority of cases on Island to be the Delta variant, as this is now known to make up 96% of the sequenced cases being found in the UK. I encourage those eligible who are over 18, to book for their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible as this offers significant protection against this strain.

“Finding common routes of transmission whether that be social gatherings or venue attendance, helps us to understand the risks presented by the current number of cases. At this time, we remain confident that the cases on Island continue to be supressed thanks to the testing and tracing measures.”

Various COVID-19 testing opportunities within workplaces remain available and businesses are being encouraged to register for the appropriate programme.

Director of Testing and Tracing, Rachel Williams said: “Regular testing will help keep businesses running and customers confident that they are as safe as possible. Over the summer, we encourage public facing businesses to utilise the weekly, lateral flow testing programme which has been designed to be quick and easy for staff.

“Islanders are strongly encouraged to call the helpline to request a test, if they notice the onset of even one of the eight main COVID symptoms - fever, cough, loss of smell, headache, sore throat, diarrhoea, fatigue or muscle aches. We also ask that if you suspect you might be a direct contact, to please wait for a text message or phone call from the COVID Safe team.”

Connect Me Services are still available for those identified as direct contacts and needing to go into isolation. Help and support with practical needs when isolating such as food deliveries and sickness pay can be accessed by calling the helpline on 0800 735 5566.

Government of Jersey News Release.

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