You may be aware that COVID-19 numbers, while much improved, still remain a concern in our Council area, the most recent COVID-19 data suggests that Ards and North Down continues to be an area of concern.
COVID-19 Stopping the Spread
The PHA message to stay at home remains in place as we are still in lockdown, it is really important that we all stay local, do not travel around the country, and don’t mix households.
Stop the spread
After a very tough winter we are all looking forward to nicer weather and brighter days, but it’s essential that we don’t become complacent. The PHA message the rule to stay at home remains in place as we are still in lockdown, it is really important that we all stay local, do not travel around the country, and don’t mix households.
The sacrifices we have all made during this lockdown are making a difference, and infection rates are dropping – that combined with the roll out of the vaccination programme provides many reasons to be hopeful as we approach spring, but it remains as important as ever to continue following the rules if we are to have better times ahead.
Everyone must continue to help stop coronavirus spreading;
- We can still take exercise locally, so to keep active you could think about working out a different walking route around your area for each day of the week to provide physical activity for the family with a bit of variety.
- If you go out and about somewhere and see it’s busy with a lot of people, just go somewhere else that isn’t as busy and don’t put yourself at risk of mixing in large crowds.
- Wear a face covering where needed. Remember, you can spread the virus even if you don't have symptoms.
- Avoid touching your face.
- If you go outside stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people.
- Wash hands with soap and water regularly and use sanitiser outside your home when hand washing isn’t possible.
- If you sneeze or cough, ‘catch it, bin it, kill it.’
- If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 – immediately self-isolate and seek testing.
- Download and activate the StopCOVID NI app from Apple or Google Play to your smartphone.
- If you are identified as a close contact you should self-isolate for 10 days, even if you have received a negative test result, because it can take up to 10 days for the symptoms of infection to develop.
For further information see www.pha.site/coronavirus
A mobile testing centre is now located at Bangor Aurora Leisure Centre. Click here to book a test
Further information on and useful links and videos to view on
- Amy's COVID-19 incubation video: https://vimeo.com/488071904
- Dave's symptoms, testing and tracing video: https://vimeo.com/469707818
- Close contact definition: https://vimeo.com/500380372
- Digital self-trace - how does it work: https://vimeo.com/484096114
- Car sharing advice - https://vimeo.com/manage/488920758/general translations also available at https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/publications/advice-car-sharing-english-and-translations
- Safer shopping during COVID-19 video, poster and translations https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/publications/safer-shopping-during-covid-19-poster-and-translations
COVID-19 - how to reduce the spread within your home graphics and animation https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/publications/covid-19-how-reduce-spread-within-your-home