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Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update 16th September

Covid-19 cases in Wiltshire 

A number of cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Wiltshire over the past 7 days.

We would like to reassure people living and working in Wiltshire that while we do expect to see more cases in the weeks and months ahead, we have robust mechanisms in place to contain the infection and protect the health of the local community.

Our priority is to safeguard local communities which sometimes involves taking preventative measures to help reduce the risk of further cases.

 

For more information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19)

1.     PHE www.gov.uk/coronavirus

2.     NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

3.     ‘Hands. Face. Space’ public information campaign - Click here

 

COVID-19 testing in Wiltshire
 


Following national media reports that some people across the country are struggling to get test appointments near their homes, our advice remains that we encourage people to try and get a test as soon as possible if they are experiencing any sort of COVID-19 symptoms and they should isolate themselves for 10 days. Those living in the same households should self-isolate for 14 days if they or any members of the household receive a positive test. 
 
We’d encourage people to regularly check the online portal to not miss out on the opportunity of getting a test as close to their home as possible. Booking slots are made available the evening before for morning appointments, and on the morning for afternoon appointments. We are in regular contact with the Department for Health and Social Care and it is aware of the need for people to get quick and easy access to testing should they require it.

The Department for Health and Social Care say there is a high demand for tests and to stop the spread of the virus they are targeting testing capacity at the areas that need it most, including those where there is an outbreak, as well as prioritising at-risk groups.

Those who are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms – a high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss or change to sense of smell or test, should visit the NHS website or call 119 to book an appointment or order a home test kit.

The best way to prevent the spread of the virus is to regularly wash hands, maintain social distancing and to continue to stay at home as much as possible.

 

 Precautionary COVID-19 measures taken at St Augustine’s Catholic College, Trowbridge

 

St Augustine’s Catholic College in Trowbridge has taken precautionary measures after one of the pupils at the school tested positive for COVID-19.

The pupil is in Year 9, and while all precautionary and proper bubble measures have been followed, the school agreed to take additional precautions with advice from public health professionals and asked all Year 9 groups, a total of 160 pupils, to self-isolate for 14 days. This isolation took effect from Saturday 5 September.

 The pupil is one of five positive cases associated with the school. The other four are a mixture of non-teaching and teaching staff who had limited contact with students and teachers and are currently self-isolating. As one of the five cases is a Year 9 student, as a precaution the decision was made to isolate the whole year.

 The school has been working closely with PHE and Wiltshire Council to ensure high standards of hygiene and social distancing are maintained and ensuring all the necessary measures are in place.

 Those who are being asked to self-isolate will continue to carry out home learning so they can continue their studies.The Department for Education has produced information here for parents of children returning to school for the start of the autumn term which includes advice following a case of Covid-19 in their school.

 

Precautionary COVID-19 measures taken at Trinity CE Primary Academy, Devizes

Trinity CE Primary Academy in Devizes has taken precautionary measures after a Year 4 pupil at the school tested positive for COVID-19.
While all precautionary and proper bubble measures have been followed, the school has asked all Year 4 pupils, a total of 28 pupils, to self-isolate for 14 days until 23 September. The Year 4 self-isolation is very precautionary to minimise any risk to others. As an additional precautionary measure, two staff members have also been asked to self-isolate.

 The school has been working closely with PHE and Wiltshire Council to ensure this is managed appropriately and the rest of the school can continue as before. Close contacts identified are now self-isolating for 14 days in line with Government guidance. Those who are being asked to self-isolate will continue to carry out home learning so they can continue their studies.

 

Small number of positive COVID-19 cases in Devizes

Wiltshire Council and Public Health England are working together to manage a small number of positive COVID-19 cases associated with some players at Devizes Football Club and The Cavalier pub in the town.

Three of the positive cases are players of Devizes Football Club, who recently returned from abroad, and two further cases have also been identified, all of whom recently attended The Cavalier pub.

Anyone identified as a close contact of a positive case will be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service. Contacts of a confirmed case should get tested if they go on to develop symptoms. Even if people test negative, they must still self-isolate for 14 days. 

The pub has a number of COVID-19 safety measures in place and has chosen to close to carry out a deep clean. Devizes Football Club won’t play in any fixtures until after 15 September.

 

 New Government 'Rule of 6' law for social gatherings

 The Government has announced new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down.

From today, Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than six. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including private homes.

This change will simplify and clarify the rules on social gatherings, so they are easier to understand and easier for the police to enforce. There will be a limited number of exemptions. Education and work settings are unaffected, and organised team sports will still be able to proceed, as will weddings and funerals up to 30.

The rule will also not apply to individual households or support bubbles of more than 6 who will still be able to gather together.

Full details can be found here.

 

Libraries update

 A further eight libraries will soon be opening in Wiltshire, providing a new order and collect service to local residents.

From today, Monday 14 September, libraries in Amesbury, Bradford on Avon, Calne and Marlborough will open, followed on 21 September by Royal Wootton Bassett, Westbury and Melksham. On 28 September Malmesbury will open.

People won’t be able to drop-in and browse at these libraries, but an order and collect service has been set-up providing access to books. People can also book to use the computers for up to 45 minutes. It is hoped that people will be able to browse at these libraries in due course.

Further information about the libraries click and collect scheme can be found here

  

Business update

Venues legally required to record contact details from next week

From Friday 18 September 2020, premises and venues will be legally required to record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff to help tackle the spread of coronavirus.

Businesses and other public places where people meet socially including hospitality, close contact, tourism and leisure venues such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, hairdressers and cinemas must collect details from every customer and visitor to their premises.

All details must be securely stored for 21 days and shared with NHS Test and Trace, if requested.

Businesses could face fines if they fail to collect contact information, take bookings for more than six people or ensure their premises remain COVID-secure.

 To find out more click here.

 

New recovery grants available from Monday

From today, Monday 14 September 2020, small and medium sized businesses can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The grant can be used to pay for:

specialist professional advice such as human resources, accountants, legal, financial, IT and digital etc
purchase of minor equipment to adapt or adopt new technology so they can continue to deliver their business activity or diversify


As well as completing an online application form, three quotations for the required products/services and evidence of business registration and trading since March 2019 will need to be submitted. Businesses will be encouraged to source products/services from within Wiltshire to support the ongoing recovery of local businesses. Further eligibility guidance will be available on Monday 14 September.

Applications can be submitted to the Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub until 5 October 2020. The grants are fully funded by the Government and there is no obligation for businesses to contribute financially.

 For more information: https://growthhub.swlep.co.uk/

 

 New grants for businesses affected by local lockdowns

 Businesses required to close due to local lockdowns or targeted restrictions will be able to receive grants worth up to £1,500 every three weeks.

 Those businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or above will receive £1,500 and those with a rateable value less than £51,000 will receive £1,000. Local authorities will also receive an additional 5% top up amount of business support funding to help other businesses affected by closures which may not have business rates.

 Local authorities will be responsible for distributing the grants and determining further eligibility criteria. The council is reviewing the guidance from Government and aims to have the scheme set up in advance of any potential local lockdown in Wiltshire.

 To find out more: Click here

 

Kickstart Scheme now open for applications


The Government £2 billion Kickstart Scheme is now open to any employer who is looking to create high quality, 6-month work placements for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit.
 
The Government will fully fund each ‘Kickstart’ job, paying 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week plus employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. In addition, the government will pay £1,500 per job placement to cover setup costs, support and training.

For more information visit https://jobhelp.campaign.gov.uk/kickstart/.

  

 

Regards,

 

 

Cllr Philip Whitehead

Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update 16th September

Covid-19 cases in Wiltshire 

A number of cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Wiltshire over the past 7 days.

We would like to reassure people living and working in Wiltshire that while we do expect to see more cases in the weeks and months ahead, we have robust mechanisms in place to contain the infection and protect the health of the local community.

Our priority is to safeguard local communities which sometimes involves taking preventative measures to help reduce the risk of further cases.

 

For more information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19)

1.     PHE www.gov.uk/coronavirus

2.     NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

3.     ‘Hands. Face. Space’ public information campaign - Click here

 

COVID-19 testing in Wiltshire
 


Following national media reports that some people across the country are struggling to get test appointments near their homes, our advice remains that we encourage people to try and get a test as soon as possible if they are experiencing any sort of COVID-19 symptoms and they should isolate themselves for 10 days. Those living in the same households should self-isolate for 14 days if they or any members of the household receive a positive test. 
 
We’d encourage people to regularly check the online portal to not miss out on the opportunity of getting a test as close to their home as possible. Booking slots are made available the evening before for morning appointments, and on the morning for afternoon appointments. We are in regular contact with the Department for Health and Social Care and it is aware of the need for people to get quick and easy access to testing should they require it.

The Department for Health and Social Care say there is a high demand for tests and to stop the spread of the virus they are targeting testing capacity at the areas that need it most, including those where there is an outbreak, as well as prioritising at-risk groups.

Those who are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms – a high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss or change to sense of smell or test, should visit the NHS website or call 119 to book an appointment or order a home test kit.

The best way to prevent the spread of the virus is to regularly wash hands, maintain social distancing and to continue to stay at home as much as possible.

 

 Precautionary COVID-19 measures taken at St Augustine’s Catholic College, Trowbridge

 

St Augustine’s Catholic College in Trowbridge has taken precautionary measures after one of the pupils at the school tested positive for COVID-19.

The pupil is in Year 9, and while all precautionary and proper bubble measures have been followed, the school agreed to take additional precautions with advice from public health professionals and asked all Year 9 groups, a total of 160 pupils, to self-isolate for 14 days. This isolation took effect from Saturday 5 September.

 The pupil is one of five positive cases associated with the school. The other four are a mixture of non-teaching and teaching staff who had limited contact with students and teachers and are currently self-isolating. As one of the five cases is a Year 9 student, as a precaution the decision was made to isolate the whole year.

 The school has been working closely with PHE and Wiltshire Council to ensure high standards of hygiene and social distancing are maintained and ensuring all the necessary measures are in place.

 Those who are being asked to self-isolate will continue to carry out home learning so they can continue their studies.The Department for Education has produced information here for parents of children returning to school for the start of the autumn term which includes advice following a case of Covid-19 in their school.

 

Precautionary COVID-19 measures taken at Trinity CE Primary Academy, Devizes

Trinity CE Primary Academy in Devizes has taken precautionary measures after a Year 4 pupil at the school tested positive for COVID-19.
While all precautionary and proper bubble measures have been followed, the school has asked all Year 4 pupils, a total of 28 pupils, to self-isolate for 14 days until 23 September. The Year 4 self-isolation is very precautionary to minimise any risk to others. As an additional precautionary measure, two staff members have also been asked to self-isolate.

 The school has been working closely with PHE and Wiltshire Council to ensure this is managed appropriately and the rest of the school can continue as before. Close contacts identified are now self-isolating for 14 days in line with Government guidance. Those who are being asked to self-isolate will continue to carry out home learning so they can continue their studies.

 

Small number of positive COVID-19 cases in Devizes

Wiltshire Council and Public Health England are working together to manage a small number of positive COVID-19 cases associated with some players at Devizes Football Club and The Cavalier pub in the town.

Three of the positive cases are players of Devizes Football Club, who recently returned from abroad, and two further cases have also been identified, all of whom recently attended The Cavalier pub.

Anyone identified as a close contact of a positive case will be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service. Contacts of a confirmed case should get tested if they go on to develop symptoms. Even if people test negative, they must still self-isolate for 14 days. 

The pub has a number of COVID-19 safety measures in place and has chosen to close to carry out a deep clean. Devizes Football Club won’t play in any fixtures until after 15 September.

 

 New Government 'Rule of 6' law for social gatherings

 The Government has announced new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down.

From today, Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than six. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including private homes.

This change will simplify and clarify the rules on social gatherings, so they are easier to understand and easier for the police to enforce. There will be a limited number of exemptions. Education and work settings are unaffected, and organised team sports will still be able to proceed, as will weddings and funerals up to 30.

The rule will also not apply to individual households or support bubbles of more than 6 who will still be able to gather together.

Full details can be found here.

 

Libraries update

 A further eight libraries will soon be opening in Wiltshire, providing a new order and collect service to local residents.

From today, Monday 14 September, libraries in Amesbury, Bradford on Avon, Calne and Marlborough will open, followed on 21 September by Royal Wootton Bassett, Westbury and Melksham. On 28 September Malmesbury will open.

People won’t be able to drop-in and browse at these libraries, but an order and collect service has been set-up providing access to books. People can also book to use the computers for up to 45 minutes. It is hoped that people will be able to browse at these libraries in due course.

Further information about the libraries click and collect scheme can be found here

  

Business update

Venues legally required to record contact details from next week

From Friday 18 September 2020, premises and venues will be legally required to record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff to help tackle the spread of coronavirus.

Businesses and other public places where people meet socially including hospitality, close contact, tourism and leisure venues such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, hairdressers and cinemas must collect details from every customer and visitor to their premises.

All details must be securely stored for 21 days and shared with NHS Test and Trace, if requested.

Businesses could face fines if they fail to collect contact information, take bookings for more than six people or ensure their premises remain COVID-secure.

 To find out more click here.

 

New recovery grants available from Monday

From today, Monday 14 September 2020, small and medium sized businesses can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The grant can be used to pay for:

specialist professional advice such as human resources, accountants, legal, financial, IT and digital etc
purchase of minor equipment to adapt or adopt new technology so they can continue to deliver their business activity or diversify


As well as completing an online application form, three quotations for the required products/services and evidence of business registration and trading since March 2019 will need to be submitted. Businesses will be encouraged to source products/services from within Wiltshire to support the ongoing recovery of local businesses. Further eligibility guidance will be available on Monday 14 September.

Applications can be submitted to the Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub until 5 October 2020. The grants are fully funded by the Government and there is no obligation for businesses to contribute financially.

 For more information: https://growthhub.swlep.co.uk/

 

 New grants for businesses affected by local lockdowns

 Businesses required to close due to local lockdowns or targeted restrictions will be able to receive grants worth up to £1,500 every three weeks.

 Those businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or above will receive £1,500 and those with a rateable value less than £51,000 will receive £1,000. Local authorities will also receive an additional 5% top up amount of business support funding to help other businesses affected by closures which may not have business rates.

 Local authorities will be responsible for distributing the grants and determining further eligibility criteria. The council is reviewing the guidance from Government and aims to have the scheme set up in advance of any potential local lockdown in Wiltshire.

 To find out more: Click here

 

Kickstart Scheme now open for applications


The Government £2 billion Kickstart Scheme is now open to any employer who is looking to create high quality, 6-month work placements for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit.
 
The Government will fully fund each ‘Kickstart’ job, paying 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week plus employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. In addition, the government will pay £1,500 per job placement to cover setup costs, support and training.

For more information visit https://jobhelp.campaign.gov.uk/kickstart/.

  

 

Regards,

 

 

Cllr Philip Whitehead

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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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