Sixty-five new coronavirus cases have been confirmed across the Hywel Dda Health Board by Public Health Wales today, Thursday, November 19.
Once again Carmarthenshire had the highest number of new daily cases in the board area, with 42, with seven in Ceredigion and 16 in Pembrokeshire.
To date the three counties have had 3,937 cases – 760 in Pembrokeshire, 420 in Ceredigion and 2,757 in Carmarthenshire.
PHW recorded 1,048 new cases across Wales today, from 11,809 tests.
Across Wales, 69,497 cases have been confirmed to date.
Twenty-three deaths were reported to PHW, bringing the total number of Coronavirus related deaths to 2,307.
Hywel-Dda has had 98 coronavirus deaths to date.
Dr Robin Howe, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Today is International Men’s Day, which highlights positive role models and raises awareness of men’s well-being. This year the theme is “better health for men and boys” and it encourages men to talk about things that are bothering them to normalise discussions about emotions. This is especially important at the moment with the toll that the pandemic is taking on our mental health and wellbeing.
“Public Health Wales strongly advises the public to take personal responsibility for their actions and to ensure that we are all doing as much as possible to limit the transmission of Coronavirus.
“We would remind everyone that Coronavirus is still active in our communities, and therefore this does not mean a return to normality.
“We ask the public to observe the new regulations and to limit their contact with other people as much as possible so that we all work together to bring the numbers of positive cases down.
“This means staying out of other people’s homes, limiting the times and the numbers of people that you meet, maintaining social distancing and hand hygiene, working from home if you can, and self-isolating if you show symptoms of coronavirus or are asked to do so by contact tracers.
“All of these actions will help to break the chains of transmission, reduce the spread of the virus, and keep people safe.
“We understand that people will want to carry on with their Christmas shopping now the fire-break has ended. We would suggest to try to visit shops during off-peak times, to always maintain social distancing and to wear a face covering if you can. Options such as ‘click and collect’ or online purchasing may also be something to consider.
“Action has been taken following reports from health authorities in Denmark that widespread outbreaks of Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) has been found in mink farms, with subsequent spread of a mink-variant virus to the local community.
“As a precautionary measure, Denmark was removed from the UK Coronavirus travel corridor list on Friday 6 November. Any travellers returning to the UK will now be required to self-isolate for 14 days according to the national guidance and legislation gov.uk/uk-border-control/self-isolating-when-you-arrive.
“We would also advise all members of the public with pet mink or ferrets to avoid contact with them while symptomatic with any Covid symptoms.
“We recognise that many people may be finding life more challenging, resulting in difficulties with mental health. There are many agencies which provide help and support, including the C.A.L.L. helpline on 0800 132 737, which will refer callers to the most appropriate organisation according to their needs.
“If you are in severe mental distress or are having suicidal thoughts, please contact Samaritans Cymru free on 116 123. You can also find sources of advice and guidance on our website if you need some help or are worried about a loved one.
“NHS Wales is still here to help you if you need care, and it’s important you continue to attend appointments and seek help for urgent medical issues. You should phone beforehand and follow any guidance your local surgery, dentist, optometrist or health service has put in place to protect you and staff, including the need to keep 2m away from other patients.
“If you or a member of your household develop symptoms of the Coronavirus, such as a cough, fever or change in sense of taste or smell, you must self-isolate immediately and book a free Coronavirus test at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
“Helpful advice and support is available via the NHS Covid-19 app. As well as providing alerts if you have been in contact with someone with Coronavirus, the app will also tell you the current risk level in your area.
“Information about the symptoms of Coronavirus is available on the Public Health Wales website, or via the NHS 111 Wales symptom checker.