Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update 20 February

Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases
Although the number of cases in Wiltshire is below the national average and rates have fallen again, there's still a long way to go.
The rate of cases per 100k has decreased from 140.8 to 116.2
The sacrifices we're all making are having a very positive impact, but we all need to keep playing our part to stop the spread of the virus, so please remember - stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.

Targeted COVID-19 rapid community testing now underway


Our roll out of the government’s rapid COVID-19 community testing initiative locally to help drive down transmission rates is now underway.
Our programme, in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care, is specifically aimed at asymptomatic people at small businesses who cannot work from home, and private early years settings and childminders. Eligible people will take a Lateral Flow Test.
You can now book a test at our centre at Devizes Leisure Centre with appointments starting from today. Other centres will open in due course in Chippenham, Trowbridge and Salisbury but for the time being you can only book a place at Devizes.
The centre cannot accept people dropping in, and everyone must book an appointment and not have any symptoms of COVID-19.
The self-administered test should take no more than 15 minutes and results should be known within half an hour.
This is not to be confused with surge testing. Surge testing is increased testing (including door-to-door testing) and enhanced contact tracing in specific locations in England and is not currently taking place in Wiltshire.

Free testing continues to be available to everyone in Wiltshire who has COVID-19 symptoms – high temperature, continuous cough or loss of/change in taste or smell. You should go online or call 119 to book a test in that instance.

Those in smaller businesses (employees of 50 or less) who cannot work from home, and private (non-maintained) early years settings have been chosen because they are not currently involved in any other mass-testing scheme.

If you receive a positive Lateral Flow Test result then legally you must self-isolate, and you can claim for a Test and Trace payment if you are eligible.

You can book your place online, where you will also find additional information including some FAQs.

Full details on COVID-19 community testing


Vitamin D supplements

You could be eligible to get free daily vitamin D supplements if you have received a letter saying you’re at high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable) from COVID-19.

The deadline for applying is Sunday 21 February.

During autumn and winter, everyone is advised to take vitamin D to keep their bones and muscles healthy and to support their general health. This is particularly important if you've been indoors over the spring and summer as you may not have been getting enough vitamin D from sunlight.

Full details on vitamin D supplements


May 2021 Elections

On 6 May 2021, all eligible residents in Wiltshire will be invited to vote in a number of elections and referendums.

The Police and Crime Commissioner election, town and parish council elections, Wiltshire Council unitary elections, and nine local neighbourhood planning referendums will all be taking place.

Our top priority is for you to have your say in a safe way.

Given the pandemic, we understand that many of you may not wish to vote in person on election day. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you vote by post, as it is the easiest and most convenient way to vote. If you haven't already done so, you can apply at the Government postal vote page

Find out more on how you can vote


People reminded "safeguarding is everyone's business" as lockdown has an impact on reporting concerns on child abuse


Wiltshire residents are being urged to get in touch if they are worried a child is suffering neglect or abuse, as the usual routes for reporting concerns are limited due to lockdown.

We have received 300 fewer calls to our MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) from people worried about a child, as lockdown measures, schools closures and suspension of clubs and activities mean there are less opportunities for the signs of abuse to be identified and concerns to be shared.

Now, we have joined forces with Wiltshire Police and partners to ask the public to get in touch if they are worried something isn't quite right, in the knowledge that their concerns will be acted on.

Full details on the importance of reporting child abuse


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