Lincolnshire health bosses ‘preparing for potential third wave’ of Covid-19

Health officials say they are preparing for a “potential third wave” of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lincolnshire health bosses say they are preparing for a third wave to hit the county but that it won’t be on the same scale as previous waves due to improved testing, vaccinations and immunity.

They also say they don’t see much of an impact on the county’s coronavirus scores as restrictions were further eased on April 12 when unnecessary retail stores, hairdressers, salons and gyms were allowed to reopen, and outdoor pubs and restaurants were allowed to operate .

Clair Raybould, Director of Operations at the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in Lincolnshire, said at the board meeting on Wednesday, “We must continue to maintain strong control over infection prevention as individuals but also across all of our services […] and we were also asked to plan a possible third wave.

“While this is not on the scale of previous waves, it is still part of our planning and also stands alongside our recovery plans.”

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Professor Derek Ward, Director of Public Health for Lincolnshire County Council, said, “We are not seeing any significant impact on relaxation and reintroduction of the rule of six outdoors at this point, which is positive.”

He added, “I have no question that we are seeing real pressure on transmission because we are with our vaccination numbers.”

“Testing in the county is also high: 111,000 samples were taken in the seven days ending April 25.

“This includes rapid lateral flow and PCR tests, which can be ordered online and collected from most pharmacies and other locations in Lincolnshire.

“Lots of testing, relatively low numbers right now, and no major outbreaks of concern, so generally very positive news.”

The meeting also confirmed that there were two COVID patients in hospital beds across Lincolnshire as of last night.

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