Huyton residents have been warned to take care after the town reported a small spike in coronavirus cases.
The L36 area has seen 13 new cases of Covid-19 in the past week – almost all of the 14 new cases reported in the borough in the last seven days.
No local lockdown procedures are being proposed at this stage, but Knowsley Council’s public health department is now working to determine any links between the cases and ensure people with symptoms continue to self-isolate. Businesses are also being reminded to remain vigilant in enforcing social distancing, handwashing and mask-wearing.
Sarah McNulty, Knowsley’s director of public health, said: “We are constantly monitoring the data and local intelligence to identify and respond to any potential issues or clusters of cases as quickly as possible.
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“It is important to remember in this instance that we are still only dealing with a relatively small number of cases in total and we have already identified some links between households and cases within the group of people who have tested positive.
“However, given our ongoing vigilance we are following up on these new cases as a priority and reminding everyone in the area to remain cautious and follow the guidance.
“We are already taking steps to find out as much as possible about the cases, the potential contacts and to ensure social distancing and face covering rules are being observed in local settings like shops.
“At present, given the information we know at this point we are not implementing any local restrictions but we are working closely with Public Health England to monitor the situation in the coming days.”
Mobile testing units have been deployed to the Knowsley Culture and Leisure Park in Huyton, and anyone with symptoms is encouraged to book a test online or by calling 119.
The mobile testing stations will be open between 11am and 4pm between Saturday and Tuesday, and postal tests can be ordered for people unable to attend.