Coronavirus still a Danger
16 February 2021
Powys residents are being warned that COVID-19 remains a constant threat despite success in rolling out the vaccine programme in the county.
The warning comes after the county passed the tragic total of more than 200 COVID related deaths during the pandemic with 20 deaths being registered in the week up to February 6 - the second highest weekly totally during the outbreak.
Powys County Council Leader, Councillor Rosemarie Harris said "The tragic milestone is a reminder that this dreadful virus is still a danger to everyone, and we must maintain our vigilance and follow national restrictions. We must not forget that every case is a tragedy for a Powys household and must do all that we can to stop the spread to this terrible virus.
"The successful roll-out of the vaccine programme is good news for everyone but it cannot solve the problem alone, it is essential that residents follow national restrictions, we cannot risk another deadly wave of the virus."
Her comments were echoed by the county's Director of Public Health Stuart Bourne.
"Even if you've had your COVID-19 vaccine, it's important that you continue to follow national guidelines. You could potentially still carry and transmit the virus to other vulnerable people, even if you are protected," he said.
"The infection rate continues to remain high in Powys and across Wales, so it is more vital than ever that if you are feeling unwell, are showing any signs or symptoms of coronavirus, you must first self-isolate immediately, and book a test as soon as possible. Social distancing and personal hygiene are still the most effective way to avoid catching the virus.
"People should be reassured if they receive their vaccination, but like all vaccines, whether it be flu or other viruses, they offer a high level of protection, but will not be 100% effective for everyone. People could potentially still catch coronavirus without showing any clear signs and symptoms, then pass it onto somebody who could potentially become very ill."
Please remember, all of Wales is in lockdown (alert level 4) where people must follow national guidelines and:
- stay at home
- meet only the people you live with
- work from home if you can
- wear a face covering where required
- wash your hands regularly
- stay 2 metres from anyone you do not live with
Everyone should follow this guidance whether or not they have received COVID-19 vaccination.
More information about what we will all need to do at Alert Level 4 is available from the Welsh Government Website at What you need to do at alert level 4