July 2022

July 2022 Public Health Haringey update

 

NEW: Covid cases increasing in the borough

 

  • Covid-19 cases in Haringey are continuing to rise, particularly in the working age and older age groups. This is in line with the increases across London and England.
  • We are also seeing higher numbers of Covid cases being reported to us by schools.
  • As mentioned in last week’s update, this increase is being driven by two new subvariants, BA.5 and BA.4, which are now the dominant variants. Both variants, particularly BA.5, are more transmissible than the original Omicron strain. The BA.5 variant is likely to become the dominant variant over the coming weeks.
  • So far, there is no evidence that Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 cause more severe illness than previous variants and in line with the Governments “Living with COVID” strategy, this will be treated as any other infection.

 

REMINDER: Infection control recommendations

We continue to ensure basic infection control recommendations, which will help to minimise Covid-19 transmission in our school:

  • Advise children or young people with a positive COVID-19 test result stay at home for 3 days after the day they have taken their test.
  • Any staff who have a positive COVID-19 test result should stay at home for 5 days after the day they took the test.
  • Advise all staff and students to follow the ‘Living safely with COVID-19’ and other respiratory infections guidance.
  • See the governments schools infection control guidance here.

 

What we can do to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections and protectthose at highest risk.

 

  1. If you have any symptoms of a respiratory infection, and a high temperature or feel unwell, try to stay at home or away from others – especially those who are elderly or vulnerable
  2. Ensure that any children and young people who have a high temperature and are unwell do not attend the education or childcare setting until they no longer have a high temperature and are well enough to attend.
  3. Let fresh air into classrooms, staff rooms and common rooms. Continue to use CO2 monitors and take action above 800ppm (as per Briefing 22, 26th May 2022).
  4. Maximise outdoor time where possible, while ensuring students are protected from the sun and kept hydrated.
  5. Practise good hygiene: Encourage all children with respiratory symptoms to cover their mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when coughing and sneezing and to wash their hands after using or disposing of tissues.
  6. Ensure your Covid-19 vaccinations are up-to-date. Vaccinations continue to be an important tool to protect against severe Covid-19, and are helping to keep Covid ICU admissions and death at low levels.