Wiltshire Council Covid-19 Update - 25 January

 

Wiltshire COVID-19 Public update - Live!

We will be broadcasting our fourth live public COVID-19 update this week, which will include an NHS update on the local vaccination programme, the latest local information on the council’s response, and answering questions sent in by residents.

The broadcast takes place on Wednesday 27 January at 7pm. The live briefing will be broadcast via Microsoft Teams.

Wiltshire Council Leader, Cllr Philip Whitehead, will once again be joined by Terence Herbert, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Council, and Kate Blackburn, Director of Public Health, to help guide people through the latest information and regulations.

They will also be joined by Andy Brown, the council’s Corporate Director for Resources, who will be providing a financial update following the recent publication of the draft budget proposals for 2021/2022, which outlines how the council will help the county recover from COVID-19.

Gill May, Director of Nursing and Quality for the BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG, will be on hand to provide an update on the local rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

The broadcast will also be an opportunity to hear about the latest rate of COVID-19 cases in Wiltshire, arrangements in place to mitigate the spread of the virus, and the work we're continuing to do to support residents and businesses at this time.

You can submit any questions you have about COVID-19 and the local response in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 5pm today (Monday 25 January).

The briefing will also be recorded and available via our YouTube channel as soon as possible afterwards.

Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update 22 January

 

Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases 

Although the number of cases in Wiltshire is below the national average and rates have fallen slightly, there's still a long way to go.
The rate of cases per 100k has decreased from 364.8 to 356.8.
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.

 


Wiltshire COVID-19 Public update - Live!

We will be broadcasting our fourth live public COVID-19 update next week, which will include an NHS update on the local vaccination programme, the latest local information on the council’s response, and answering questions sent in by our residents.

The broadcast takes place on Wednesday 27 January at 7pm. The live briefing will be broadcast via Microsoft Teams, so please join us online.

Wiltshire Council Leader, Cllr Philip Whitehead, will once again be joined by Terence Herbert, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Council, and Kate Blackburn, Director of Public Health, to help guide people through the latest information and regulations.

You can submit your questions about COVID-19 and the local response in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 5pm on Monday 25 January.

Read more here.

 


Play your part in helping your local NHS

 

The NHS in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire is working with its partners from across the region to support frontline health and care staff in caring for patients, following an incredibly busy and pressurised start to the new year.

A sustained increase in seriously ill coronavirus patients, set against a backdrop of COVID-related staff absences, reduced clinical space due to social distancing regulations and a need to continue providing safe urgent and emergency care, has led to all parts of the health and care system facing significant pressure.

The NHS are appealing for everyone to get behind them and play their part, whether it's being there to take relatives home from hospital in a timely manner, using NHS 111 for non-life-threatening emergencies instead of going straight to hospital, or just following the latest social distancing guidelines.

Read more on how you can play your part


'Jog on' and think carefully about where you exercise


Please think carefully about where you do your daily exercise and 'jog on' if you travel too far or there's too many people.
Residents have raised concerns about large numbers of people at some of Wiltshire's beauty spots and popular areas, and we're encouraging everyone to be sensible when out and about and enjoying daily exercise.

The national lockdown stay at home rules state that you should minimise time spent outside your home, but can leave home to exercise. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

Read more here


Visiting shops and supermarkets


If you need to visit a shop or supermarket to pick up some essential items, please pause and ensure the following: •You're wearing a face covering (unless medically exempt)
•You're 2 metres apart from others
•You're sanitising your hands regularly
#ShopSafe


Every Mind Matters

 

The impact and experience of the COVID-19 outbreak has been different for everyone, as has how we have reacted, but there's no doubt it's been a really difficult time for us all.

Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more.

The NHS has expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Read more on Every Mind Matters

 

Could you help transport people to get their COVID-19 vaccination?



Our friends at Community First are looking for volunteers in the local community to help transport people to get their COVID-19 vaccination.

If you are able to help, please call 01380 722241 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Bus pass time restrictions temporarily lifted in Wiltshire from 1 February

From Monday 1 February start time restrictions on Wiltshire Council bus passes will be temporarily lifted, to give people more opportunities to get to COVID-19 vaccination appointments they may have.

Usually, people can only use their bus passes from 9:30am, but people will be able to use them at any time until schools fully reopen.

Full details on the bus pass time restrictions being temporarily lifted.

 

Salisbury and Bath to play host to large-scale NHS Vaccination Centres


The rollout of the coronavirus vaccine across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire will now benefit from the introduction of two large-scale NHS Vaccination Centres.

Based at Salisbury City Hall and Bath Racecourse, the two venues, which open their doors to patients with pre-arranged appointments from today, will be capable of delivering thousands of life-saving vaccines each week.

All people currently eligible for a coronavirus vaccine, and living within a 45-minute drive of each venue, will be written to in the coming days with details of how to book an appointment.

Full details on the two large scale NHS Vaccine Centres

Volunteer to help at Salisbury District Hospital or City Hall Vaccination Centre

 

Vaccine mythbusting for people with learning disabilities

NHS England has developed a short video for people with learning disabilities and/or autistic people about the COVID-19 vaccination.

It describes what a vaccine is, how they are made, why it's safe to have one and more.

Watch the video now

 

Vaccine information available for older adults

If you're an older adult, or know someone who is, information is available explaining all about COVID-19, the vaccine process, how the vaccine protects us and common side effects.

Read the information here

 

Wiltshire Citizens Advice recent changes to general advice services

With the new national lockdown, the Wiltshire Citizens Advice drop-in services remain closed. However, they are continuing to provide advice services over the phone and by email.

To support this they've recently changed their adviceline service to a freephone number 0800 144 8848. It is now free to call in Wiltshire from mobiles and landlines. They also have more advisers than ever before answering calls.

They have also have a dedicated page on their local website for people to securely email.

 

Cold weather alert 
 

Wiltshire has been issued with a yellow cold weather alert for today (22 January) and tomorrow (23 January) by the Met Office and Public Health England.

This means that snow and ice may cause travel disruption.

What to expect
Probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths, increasing the likelihood of accidents and injuries
Some roads and railways likely to be affected by snowfall, with longer journey times by car as well as bus and train services

 

 

Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update 20 January

 

Please keep playing your part during this national lockdown


We're urging you all to adhere to the latest COVID-19 restrictions and keep playing your part.

Positive COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Wiltshire and we all have a responsibility to keep ourselves and each other safe.

Great Western Hospital in Swindon declared a critical incident on Wednesday (13 January) due to 159 patients needing care for COVID-19.

A huge thank you for playing your part and adhering to the restrictions put in place during this national lockdown, we know it's not easy.

Find out more details on the national restrictions

 

COVID-19 update from Director of Public Health, Kate Blackburn

Director of Public Health for Wiltshire, Kate Blackburn has given an update on the latest situation with COVID-19 in Wiltshire, along with some key information following the release of a new public health study.

 

Watch the video now.

 


Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases

 

Although the number of cases in Wiltshire is still below the national average, rates are continuing to rise rapidly.
The rate of cases per 100k has increased from 246.2 to 362.2.
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.

 


Local test and trace service

 

Our local COVID-19 contact tracing partnership, working alongside the national test and trace service continues.

If the national contact tracers are unable to reach a positive local case they will pass on the relevant details to us and we will use local methods to make contact.

One of our members of staff will send a text message to the positive case first, and then follow this up with phone calls. It is a legal requirement for people to self-isolate when they receive a positive COVID-19 test result.

If you receive a call from 0300 456 0100, please answer it.

More information on local test and trace.

 

Vaccine information available for older adults


If you're an older adult, or know someone who is, information is available explaining all about COVID-19, the vaccine process, how the vaccine protects us and common side effects.

Read the information now

 

New website for vaccination queries



The NHS Clinical Commissioning Group has launched a new website for vaccination queries from the public.

Questions relating to the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine can be answered by visiting https://www.bswccg.nhs.uk/latest-covid-19-updates.

 

Schools and critical workers

Government guidance during the lockdown explains schools are open for vulnerable pupils and, where they are needed, for the children of critical workers.

While schools will do their best to accommodate those who fall into these groups who need to attend, the latest government advice is parents and carers who are critical workers should keep their children at home if they can.

Full guidance for children of critical workers.

 

Ask for Ani

If you are a victim of domestic abuse you can now access support safely and discreetly at pharmacy locations across the UK.

The Ask for ANI scheme allows those at risk or suffering from abuse to discreetly signal that they need help and access support. By asking for ANI, a trained pharmacy worker will offer a private space where they can understand if the victim needs to speak to the police or would like help to access support services such as a national or local domestic abuse helplines.

 More information on 'Ask for ANI'

 

Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update 13 January

 

 

 

Please keep playing your part during the national lockdown
We're urging you all to adhere to the latest COVID-19 restrictions and keep playing your part.

Positive COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Wiltshire and we all have a responsibility to keep ourselves and each other safe.

Find out more details on the national restrictions.

 

Guidance on shielding

If you are clinically vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

The government is advising the clinically extremely vulnerable to begin shielding again, and letters will be sent out by Central Government to individuals with advice on what this means for them.

More guidance on Shielding

 

Wiltshire COVID-19 public update - Live!

If you joined us for the live COVID-19 Public Update on Wednesday evening (6 January), thank you and we hope you found the webinar informative.

If you were unable to make it, you can watch it back in full on our Youtube channel.

The online broadcast featured Wiltshire Council Leader, Cllr Philip Whitehead, Chief Executive, Terence Herbert and Director of Public Health, Kate Blackburn.

They gave an update on the Government’s National lockdown: Stay at Home restrictions announced by the Prime Minister earlier this week, our services and our work to continue to support residents and businesses at this time.

 


Wiltshire libraries will be here to support you during lockdown

 We are pleased to be able to offer an order and collect service, with bookable computers, at a number of libraries across the county.

The exact opening days and times of each library will depend on when the library is next open, which you can find at Library locations and opening times.

Please use your local, nearest library to reduce unnecessary travel. Safety remains the priority at all of the our libraries, and customers will be asked to wear a face covering and use sanitiser before using a computer.

More details on our order and collect service and bookable computers

 


How to wear a face mask to prevent COVID-19

It's vital that in order to help stop the spread of coronavirus, we all wear face masks/coverings, where required to do so.

A face covering should:
•cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably
•fit comfortably but securely against the side of the face
•be secured to the head with ties or ear loops
•be made of a material that you find to be comfortable and breathable, such as cotton
•ideally include at least 2 layers of fabric (the World Health Organization recommends 3, depending on the fabric used)
•unless disposable, it should be able to be washed with other items of laundry according to fabric washing instructions and dried without causing the face covering to be damaged

Full guidance on face coverings.

 

New Year sees arrival of more vaccination sites


This month will see more eligible people across Wiltshire receive the lifesaving coronavirus vaccine as additional community-based vaccination sites begin to open.

More new sites are expected to open their doors to patients from now until Friday 15 January, with some now offering the newly-approved vaccine developed at Oxford University.

Areas of Wiltshire that have seen a coronavirus vaccine site open this week include Trowbridge, Calne, Wilton, Tidworth, and Malmesbury.

More details on the vaccination sites.

 

Vaccination Progress 

The rapid rollout of a vaccine against COVID-19 represents the best and fastest way of life returning to normal.

Vaccines are safe and effective at limiting severe illness. We urge anyone contacted by their GP in regard to getting a vaccination to stick to their appointment. 

 

Mandatory COVID-19 testing introduced to bolster border measures

From next week (Monday 11 January), passengers arriving from all international destinations will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result before departing for England to help protect against new strains of coronavirus circulating internationally.

Inbound passengers arriving by boat, plane or train will have to take a test up to 72 hours before departing the country they are in, to help protect against the new strains of coronavirus such as those seen in Denmark and South Africa.

Full details on the mandatory measures at boarders

 


Wiltshire Council to spend £1.1m on digital devices so struggling families can access remote education

 We are allocating £1.1m of government COVID-19 funding to buy laptops and digital devices for disadvantaged pupils who currently can't join classmates learning from home.

The decision to allocate the funding to buy around 2,500 devices means these children will be able to access their school lessons from home rather than have to attend school to do so.

Currently pupils who do not have a laptop can attend school alongside children of key workers and vulnerable students. The new approach will help manage school spaces and continue to help prevent transmission.

More details here

Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub still providing support to those who need it and now available on Saturdays too

With national lockdown measures now in place, our Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub is still available to anyone who is struggling during this difficult time - and will now be available on Saturdays.

The hub can help and provide support to those who perhaps don't have a network around them, and also signpost them to where additional help is available in their local area. Hundreds of community groups, run by volunteers, are still set up across the county, providing invaluable assistance to those who need it.

Anyone can access the hub, particularly people who are self-isolating, people who do not have others to support them, and have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable and are shielding.

Read information here.

 

Beware of COVID cons



Local partners working together to provide support during the pandemic, are warning residents and businesses not to fall victim to any COVID-19-related scams.

Organisations across Wiltshire and Swindon are asking you to be extra vigilant as criminals look to take advantage at a time when many people are vulnerable.

In recent weeks a number of attempted scams have emerged across the country, including: •people receiving text messages informing they are ‘eligible’ to apply for a vaccine and then asking them to provide bank details
•people receiving text messages that claim to be from the HMRC inviting them to claim for a ‘grant’
•scammers looking to take advantage of businesses applying for business grants
You are urged not to provide your bank details in response to any email, phone call or text from anyone claiming to be part of the NHS vaccine programme. Bank details, passwords and pin numbers will never be requested as the COVID-19 vaccine is free and this should be an automatic red flag.

Any suspected fraud should be reported to Action Fraud. More details can be found online.

 

'An Hour to Skill'

The Department for Education are launching a new campaign for The Skills Toolkit called ‘An Hour to Skill’.

The campaign aims to inspire the nation to spend one hour a week learning online with The Skills Toolkit by highlighting the ease and benefits of accessing free, high-quality online courses.

By setting aside one hour a week for online learning, you can learn skills that employers are looking for, boost your job prospects and keep your mind active.​​​​​​

 

Sign up for Wiltshire Local Plan review online events

Join our Local Plan engagement sessions and have your say on where future developments such as housing, infrastructure and land for employment, should be built, and how we look to tackle climate change through planning.

The online engagement sessions are being held instead of face-to-face meetings because of COVID restrictions.

Each event relates to a particular settlement, and there are also two events for rural areas, which include all other Wiltshire villages and settlements that are not covered in the other 15 events. The online events will be held from 7pm-8pm.

Sign up for an event and find out more.

 

 

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Latest News from Wiltshire Council 

Minor Injury Units in Chippenham and Trowbridge to temporarily close as part of COVID-19 response 

The Minor Injury Units (MIUs) at Chippenham Community Hospital and Trowbridge Community Hospital will close temporarily from 5pm on Wednesday 8 April 2020 so that staff can be redeployed across the local health and care system to provide vital additional capacity.

Both MIUs have seen a significant drop in patient numbers since the start of the COVID-19 crisis as local people increasingly follow self-care advice and seek help from the online 111 service.  The closures of these MIUs have been put in place as a temporary measure and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis with a view to reopening the units as soon as it is feasible and sustainable to do so.

The NHS and its partners across BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire continue to work together to ensure the services provided have the resources and resilience they need to deal with the problems posed by COVID-19.

Patients with minor injuries should visit the NHS 111 online service. This will provide advice on where to go for the best care for their symptoms. People should only phone 111 if they cannot access the 111 online service.

Those patients who feel that they need a GP appointment should call their local GP practice and are likely to be offered a phone or video consultation in the first instance, unless a face-to-face appointment is absolutely necessary.  As per NHS guidance no-one with COVID-19 symptoms should attend any medical setting unless explicitly directed to do by the NHS 111 service or a 999 call operator.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) appeal

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is vital to help protect our frontline workers, allowing them to continue delivering critical services in the community, whilst also limiting the spread of COVID-19.

With high demand for PPE across the nation, Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Police have launched a joint appeal for support from local PPE suppliers or any businesses that have stock which could be used.

We are asking local businesses for any support that they might be able to kindly provide with supplies of PPE as a short-term measure whilst national supply chains work hard to catch up with demand. This will help allow our staff and our colleagues in Wiltshire Police to continue to support our most vulnerable residents and ensure we can deliver critical services across the county at this challenging time.

The key items required are water repellent disposable surgical face masks, non-latex gloves, disposable plastic aprons and hand sanitizer (minimum 60% alcohol content).

If you know of any local businesses that can help with the supply of PPE please ask them to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line PPE support.

Wiltshire wellbeing hub

Our Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub, which is available via email and phone, has been working hard to provide support for our county’s most vulnerable residents. Our teams continue to make daily calls to people identified by central government to see if these individuals require support and we have also received 781 calls to our designated hotline from other members of the community requiring assistance.

This virtual hub can be contacted by email; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling our designated hotline, 0300 003 4576.  It’s available from 8am-8pm Monday-Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.

Hundreds of food parcels are being delivered across Wiltshire to help older people and families who need additional help at this time.

We’re asking Wiltshire children to make them additionally special by creating a lovely rainbow picture, with a personal message if they wish, which can be attached to the outside of the parcel as they are sent out.

Please encourage children to send pictures to: Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre, Hulse Road, Salisbury SP1 3NR.

Business Support

We are administering the £10,000 grant for businesses in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) or rural rates relief. We are also administering the £10,000 grant for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a rateable value of under £15,000 and for those businesses with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000 a grant of £25,000.

Over 4,400 applications have now been received and are currently being assessed. Of these applications, 50% contain all the necessary information for the grant to be processed fairly quickly. The remainder require further assessment or due diligence resulting in a delay in processing the claim. Further messaging will be issued through the communications channels to remind businesses to provide all the information in order that they receive this vital funding as soon as possible.

So far we have transferred £5m to local businesses with further grants being issued today.

Our Public Protection team have received 59 complaints from members of the public, mainly about social distancing measures in place in those businesses that remain open with a few relating to businesses operating when it’s perceived they should be closed.

The team have also received 23 enquiries from businesses direct seeking further advice.

Interactive map to help you find local COVID-19 support

The Council has created an online interactive map that allows people to see what COVID-19 community support is available in their neighbourhood and throughout the county.

The map, which will be regularly updated, can be found at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavirus and people simply have to type in their town/village/city name or a postcode in a search box and the system will automatically take them to that location and highlight the support available in that area, which will be marked by red stars. Clicking on the red stars will bring up information about the groups, including their contact details and a summary of the type of support and services they are providing.

The information on the mapping system can also be found in the Council’s regularly updated Community Groups Directory.

This system complements our Community Groups Directory and allows people to find out about the local support available with just a few clicks.

Government WhatsApp service

The government has launched a GOV.UK Coronavirus Information service on WhatsApp. The new, free to use, service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), and will further reduce the burden on NHS services.

This will help combat the spread of coronavirus misinformation in the UK, as well as helping ensure people stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.

The GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service is an automated ‘chatbot’ service which will allow members of the public to get answers to the most common questions about coronavirus direct from government. The service will provide information on topics such as coronavirus prevention and symptoms, the latest number of cases in the UK, advice on staying at home, travel advice and myth busting.

The service will also allow the government to send messages to all opted-in users if required.

To use the free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.  Please share this information with your communities.

Regards

 

Cllr Philip Whitehead

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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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