The government has added Hertsmere as an ‘area of concern’ to a list of areas with higher than average coronavirus cases.
In the past few weeks, Hertsmere has seen a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and from today (Monday, September 11) has been added to the government’s watch list, alongside a number of areas across the UK.
The government data, released today, now shows that the infection rate in Hertsmere is 63.34 per 100,000 population over the last seven days, one of the highest in the country.
From August 24, there have been a total of 94 cases in Hertsmere, with 39 of those affected aged under 20.
Cllr Morris Bright MBE, Leader of Hertsmere Borough Council said: “This is a worrying time but over recent days we’ve been doing a lot of proactive work following up contact tracing, visiting business premises to remind them of the need to follow the rules and engaging with local community leaders. This will continue, with increased spot checks and enforcement activity where needed.
“Please let’s all work together to keep Hertsmere as safe as we can during these difficult times.”
Cllr Tim Hutchings, executive member for public health in Hertfordshire said: “We welcome this latest attention and endorsement of the robust warnings that we have been making within the local community, and the need to adhere to the rules. These include the enhanced rules announced yesterday for gatherings, social distancing and the need to self-isolate.
“We hope this move will bring additional government support, including additional testing for keyworkers in this area, faster access to data, enhanced resources for contact tracing and improved co-ordination with London.”
For local advice and guidance on COVID-19, visit Hertfordshire County Council’s website at hertfordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.