As lockdown eases, there are more opportunities for everyone to get out and see each other again. This also increases the chance of transmitting the virus and therefore having to self-isolate.
It is so important that you self-isolate when required, to protect those around you.
We understand there may be a lot of stresses that come with self-isolation like finances, accessing medicine and food or walking your dog (just to name a few). Please don’t let this put you off, support is available.
Have fun in the sun and stay safe by the sea this summer
If you’re heading to the coast over the summer months, please take care and respect the water.
Coastal areas provide a great opportunity to enjoy fresh air and open space but they can be an unpredictable and dangerous environment, particularly during early summer when air temperatures start warming up but water temperatures remain dangerously cold, increasing the risk of cold water shock.
Please remember these top safety tips from Claire Hughes, director of HM Coastguard and Gareth Morrison, the RNLI’s head of water safety:
Before setting out, take a minute to check the weather, tides and winds to help avoid getting caught out.
Leave inflatables at home as they are designed for the pool, not open water, where the wind and current can very quickly take you out to sea and into danger.
If you’re taking part in popular water sports like paddle boarding, take a mobile phone in a waterproof pouch so you can call for help if needed. If you or someone else is in trouble, always call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
If you find yourself in trouble in cold water, your natural reaction can be to panic and thrash around, which increases the chances of breathing in water and drowning. The best thing to do is to float on your back and wait for the effects of cold water shock to pass until you can control your breathing. You can then plan your next move to reach safety.
The COVID-19 statistics for the Isle of Wight, published by Public Health England on 7 June 2021 at 4pm including data up to 6 June 2021.
The vaccination statistics for the Isle of Wight, published by NHS England on 3 June 2021 including data up to 30 May 2021.
The graphic shows:
97,710 – The number of island residents who have received their first dose of the vaccine.
77,057 – The number of island residents who have received their second dose of the vaccine.
6,869 – The number of confirmed cases to date of Island residents who have received a positive COVID-19 test result since March 2020. This is based on the residential address of the person tested rather than where they are registered with a GP.
21 – The number of positive cases in the seven-day period.
14.8 – Weekly cases per 100,000. This is the number of Island residents who have received a positive COVID-19 test result in the seven-day period, divided by the total population of the Island.