As the number of coronavirus cases fall in Ceredigion, people are reminded that it’s still as important as ever to book a COVID-19 test if they have any symptoms.

The only way to get a true picture of the coronavirus situation in our county is to hold the necessary tests. People are reminded that it’s vitally important to book a test if they have any of the following main symptoms: high temperature, new continuous cough, and a loss or change to sense of smell or taste.

People should also be aware of other early symptoms and they should book a test if they have any doubt that they could be infected. These symptoms include a headache, tiredness and general aches and pains which are usually connected with the flu.

You can book a test on the Welsh Government’s website or by calling 119.

The latest coronavirus figures for Ceredigion, which are 34.4 to every 100,000 of the population (as of 01.02.2021), show that it is possible to bring the virus back to a controllable level if we all work together to stay home and keep a social distance at all times. We appreciate the sacrifices everyone has made and thank you for working together to do the right thing in this difficult time.

However, it must be emphasized that we are not out of the woods yet. The coronavirus remains a very dangerous infection in our communities and has shown that it can spread extremely quickly. Therefore, now is not the time for complacency. We must all continue to stay at home, keep a social distance, wash our hands regularly and wear masks in indoor essential public places. Let’s continue to do what we have done so well so far.

Additionally, Ceredigion County Council continues to support and work with Hywel Dda University Health Board to provide COVID-19 vaccines. As of 28 January 2021, 7,459 people in Ceredigion have had their first dose of the vaccine.

These vaccines are an important step forward in our journey to beat the coronavirus. However, we must remember that they do not provide complete protection. Even after receiving the vaccine, remember that you must continue to follow all rules, including staying home and keeping a social distance.

You will be invited to receive your vaccine in turn, and you do not need to book the vaccine yourself. More information about the vaccines can be found on the Public Health Wales website.

Ceredigion and Wales remain on Alert Level 4, and the rules which are in force can be found on the Welsh Government’s website

Information and advice regarding the coronavirus situation in Ceredigion is available on Ceredigion County Council’s website or you can call 01545 570881

Thank you for staying apart to play your part.

Together we can keep Ceredigion safe.