Wiltshire Council News and COVID-19 Update 15 September

Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases

The number of cases in Wiltshire has decreased in recent days but continue to be high.

The rate of cases per 100,000 has gone from 331.9 to 323.4.

Please keep washing your hands regularly or sanitising them, and consider meeting others outside or open doors and windows when indoors with others. Also, please get your first and second dose of the vaccine when offered, wear face coverings on public transport, and if you have COVID symptoms, please book a test and self-isolate immediately

Thanks as always for your support.

 

Government has published its COVID-19 Autumn and Winter Plan

What are the aims of the plan?


The Government has published its autumn and winter COVID-19 response plan and we are asking you to continue to do what you can to protect one another and local health services at this challenging time.

Within the plan, the Government states that the country is learning to live with COVID-19, and the main line of defence is now vaccination rather than lockdown.

The Government’s plan is to prepare the country for future challenges, while ensuring the NHS does not come under unsustainable pressure.

It wants to achieve this by:

  • Building defences through pharmaceutical interventions: vaccines, antivirals and disease modifying therapeutics
  • Identifying and isolating positive cases to limit transmission: Test, Trace and Isolate.
  • Supporting the NHS and social care: managing pressures and recovering services.
  • Advising people on how to protect themselves and others: clear guidance and communications.
  • Pursuing an international approach: helping to vaccinate the world and managing risks at the border.  

Booster vaccines and vaccines for 12-15 year olds

Booster vaccines will be offered to those who received a vaccination in phase 1 of the programme. 12-15 year olds will be offered a first dose and the NHS will work with school immunisation teams to implement this.

 

PCR tests

The Test, Trace, and Isolate system remains critical to the Government’s plan. Everyone with COVID-19 symptoms should continue to self‑isolate and take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. The legal requirement to self-isolate for 10 days if an individual tests positive for COVID-19 will remain in place in order to prevent those who are infected from mixing in the community and passing on the virus. Over autumn and winter PCR testing for those with COVID-19 symptoms will continue to be available free of charge. PCR tests can be booked online.

 

Asymptomatic testing

Regular asymptomatic testing using lateral flow tests will continue to help find cases and break the chains of transmission. It will be particularly focused on those who are not fully vaccinated, those in education, and those in higher-risk settings such as the NHS, social care, and prisons. You can find out more about asymptomatic testing on our website.

 

Flu vaccination

To help support health services, at an already busy time, a free flu vaccination will be available for more people than normal. It will be available to the previously eligible groups, which includes primary school children, 65 year olds and over, vulnerable groups, and pregnant women. Eligibility for a free flu vaccination this year will also be extended to include secondary school children and 50-64 year olds.

 

International travel

The Government will shortly set out a revised framework for international travel, in advance of the next formal checkpoint review, with a deadline of 1 October.

 

Vaccine certificates

Mandatory vaccine‑only certification (or ‘COVID passports’ as they’ve been called) will not be implemented from the end of September where large crowds gather, but this does remain a contingency option.

 

What can you do to keep yourselves and others safe?

Wear a mask in enclosed indoor spaces
Wash or sanitise hands regularly
Isolate and book a PCR test if you have any COVID-19 symptoms
Get the vaccine when offered to you
Take regular lateral flow tests to help break transmission
Try to stay at home if you’re feeling unwell
Let fresh air in if you meet people indoors
Download the NHS COVID-19 app

 

Full plan

We have just provided a brief summary, and we encourage you to take a look at the full plan that can be found online.

Our reaction to today’s plan can be found on our website.

Wiltshire Council News and COVID-19 Update 27 August

Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases

The number of cases in Wiltshire has increased again in recent days and we are now above the national average in England.

The rate of cases per 100,000 has gone from 282.7 to 366.2.

Please keep washing your hands regularly or sanitising them, get your first and second dose of the vaccine when offered, and if you have COVID symptoms, please book a test and self-isolate immediately.

Thanks as always for your support.

 

Changes to self-isolation requirements

The law on self-isolation in England has now changed.
Close contacts of positive Covid-19 cases no longer need to self-isolate if you are either:
Double jabbed
Under 18
Instead you should take a free PCR test. Book a test here

 

Vaccinations are now available for 16 and 17 year olds

Find the nearest walk-in clinic on the Grab a Jab website.

Bookings are not required, just turn up and receive a 1st dose of vaccine.

There are specific vaccinations clinics listed for this cohort throughout Wiltshire.

 

Consider your healthcare options

People living in and visiting Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire are being urged to use the NHS appropriately this bank holiday weekend, so that those who need urgent treatment can get it when they need it.

Please try and use the right health and care service for your needs, which may be to self-care or to visit a pharmacy. The ambulance service is for people with genuine life-threatening emergencies when 999 should be called immediately.

More information on healthcare options

 

Philip Wilkinson elected as Police & Crime Commissioner for Wilts & Swindon

Following an election held on 19 August, Philip Wilkinson (Conservative) has been elected as the Police & Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire & Swindon.

Thanks to everyone who voted, and also to the members of staff and public who involved in running a smooth election!

View the full results

 

Back to school tips

The summer holidays are almost over and it's back to school and college next week for lots of families. We've pulled together some helpful tips around staying safe for the new school term.

Read the tips

Read the latest government guidance

 


Engagement on our Climate Strategy begins next week – don’t miss your chance to have your say



We’re giving you the opportunity to have your say on our Climate Strategy, which will help to shape the next five years of our fight against climate change.

From Wednesday 1 September to 11.59pm on Sunday 17 October, you can comment on the draft strategy, which covers seven delivery themes: transport; built environment; waste; green economy; energy generation, storage and distribution; natural environment, food and farming; and carbon neutral council.

At the same time, we will also be consulting on Our Natural Environment Plan, a Green and Blue Infrastructure (GBI) Strategy. This looks at the future for Wiltshire’s natural environmental assets, and how the council, through partnership working, can help protect and enhance these for the benefit of people and biodiversity.

We’re holding a series of engagement events that you can attend to find out more.

More information on the Climate Strategy and upcoming events

More information on the GBI Strategy

 

 

We would like to say thank you to the many people in Wiltshire who have contacted us with offers of support in response to the crisis in Afghanistan.

We're making plans to help more Afghan refugees once more details are known about the government scheme.

Read our full thank you message to residents

 

Keep up-to-date with improvement works

Contractors working on our behalf are carrying out road resurfacing and associated works in a number of towns across Wiltshire.

You can also see the full list of all roadworks taking place in the county by visiting the One Network map and typing 'Wiltshire' into the search box.

 

Wiltshire Council News and COVID-19 Update 20 August

Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases

The number of cases in Wiltshire continues to be below the national average but has increased again in recent days.

The rate of cases per 100,000 has gone from 254.3 to 282.5.

Please keep washing your hands regularly or sanitising them, get your first and second dose of the vaccine when offered, and if you have COVID symptoms, please book a test  immediately and self-isolate.

Thanks as always for your support.

Find a walk-in coronavirus vaccination site


If you're aged 18 or over, you can get a vaccine from a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site without an appointment.

A small number of walk-in vaccination sites are also now available for people aged 16 and 17. More sites should become available over time. View a guide and more information on COVID-19 vaccination for eligible children and young people.

Find a COVID-19 walk in vaccination site

All care home workers to be vaccinated

Anyone entering a care home for work or volunteering will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by 11 November 2021.

This will help to protect those most at risk from the virus.

Full details on the changes for care home workers.

 

Our statement in response to the situation in Afghanistan


Cllr Richard Clewer, Leader of Wiltshire Council and Cabinet Member for Military Civilian Integration, said: "We are monitoring the difficult and distressing situation in Afghanistan and are awaiting government guidance as the situation unfolds. Here in Wiltshire we have always been ready to help those who need a safe place to stay and we will respond as necessary when guidance is published. This includes offering support to interpreters and those trying to reach a safe haven. We are already looking to provide homes for at least two families and there may be more in due course.

"Wiltshire has a strong military presence and we recognise the extraordinary efforts of our service personnel who have served in Afghanistan as part of the UK efforts to bring peace to the region. We know the latest news may be difficult for our local military communities and we are here ready to support them at this time."

 

Do you have a 16-year-old?

HMRC are urging parents to confirm whether their child is staying in full-time education or training beyond 16, in order to continue receiving Child Benefit payments.

If your child is staying in education beyond 16, you need to update HMRC by Tuesday 31 August, or your Child Benefit will be stopped.

Update your child benefit records now.

Online content created by our libraries during the pandemic reaches 200,000 views!

In the first lockdown, our libraries moved many of their activities online, and this popular content on the library Facebook pages and the Wiltshire Libraries YouTube channel has now received over 200,000 views.

Since libraries reopened, staff have been continuing to provide online rhyme times, story times, tea and chat sessions, book reviews, author talks and ‘how to’ guides, which can be found at: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure-active-communities.

Library teams are also delivering the Summer Reading Challenge in libraries until Saturday 4 September. Children aged 4 to 11-years-old can sign up to the challenge to read six or more books during the holidays and receive rewards along the way. There is limited availability so families are urged to join up while stocks last.

More information on our online library content

 

The Fulltone Music Festival is coming to Devizes

The Fulltone Orchestra, created and lead by Musical Director Anthony Brown, is a 65 strong orchestra of some of the top musicians in the South West.

There's lots of top live music planned on The Green in Devizes, so if live music is your thing, be sure to check out the Fulltone Music Festival taking place on 28 August and 29 August.

More information here

 

Keep up-to-date with improvement works

Contractors working on our behalf are carrying out road resurfacing and associated works in a number of towns across Wiltshire.

You can also see the full list of all roadworks taking place in the county by visiting the One Network map and typing 'Wiltshire' into the search box.

 

Wiltshire Council News & COVID-19 Update 13 August

 

Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases

The number of cases in Wiltshire continues to be below the national average but has increased again in recent days.

The rate of cases per 100,000 has gone from 256.9 to 263.3.

Please keep washing your hands regularly or sanitising them, get your first and second dose of the vaccine when offered, and if you have COVID symptoms, please book a test and self-isolate immediately.

Thanks as always for your support.

 

 Self-isolation changes from Monday 16 August


From Monday (16 August), if you're double jabbed or aged under 18, you will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.

If you test positive following a PCR test you will still be legally required to self-isolate, irrespective of your vaccination status or age in order to break onwards chains of transmission.

More information on the changes here

 

Latest travel advice

If you have been in or through a red list country within the previous 10 days you must quarantine in a quarantine hotel for the first 10 days after you arrive.

If you have been in or through an amber list country within the previous 10 days and you are not fully vaccinated, you must quarantine at home for the first 10 days following your return.

If you have been fully vaccinated in the UK, Europe or the US (restrictions apply) at least 14 days prior to arriving in England, you will no longer need to quarantine or take a day 8 PCR test when returning to England from an amber list country. Pre departure testing and day two testing measures remain.

The latest travel rules

 

Are you nearly 18?

If you’re aged 17 and are turning 18 within the next three months, you can now book your COVID-19 vaccine online, without needing to go via your GP.

Book your COVID -19 vaccination now.

 

Congratulations to all Wiltshire students who have received exam results this week



Congratulations to all Wiltshire students who have received A-Level and GCSE results this week, you have all worked so hard to overcome the unprecedented challenges of the last two years and your success is well deserved.

This year students have received teacher-assessed grades and we would like to thank all our dedicated teachers and school staff who have worked so hard to carry out these assessments as fairly and consistently as possible.

If your results were not as hoped or you're unsure about what to do next, there are lots of options available to you and a great deal of information and support available.

You should initially speak to your school or college who can offer help and advice about options available to you and the appeals process.

Alternatively, you can contact Young Work Wiltshire who offer advice in planning the next steps in education, training or apprenticeships.

 

Keep up-to-date with improvement works

Contractors working on our behalf are carrying out road resurfacing and associated works in a number of towns across Wiltshire.

You can also see the full list of all roadworks taking place in the county by visiting the One Network map and typing 'Wiltshire' into the search box.

 

LOCAL NEWS.

Local stories in and around the Malmesbury area to keep you up-to-date.

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A wonderful place to visit with a wealth of attractions right on the doorstep.

MALMESBURY

Malmesbury is a beautiful town to visit in its own right and attractions include the jewel in our crown being Malmesbury Abbey, the fabulous Abbey House Gardens, and Malmesbury’s 15th century Market Cross.

For more than two and a half millennia successive generations have populated this hilltop, which forms the centre of the community we now call Malmesbury.
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