Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update 25th September

 

 

NHS COVID-19 app launches today ( 25th September)

The NHS COVID-19 app is part of a large scale coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and contact tracing programme called the NHS Test and Trace service.

The app will be used, alongside traditional contact tracing, to notify users if they come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus.

It will help the NHS understand where and how quickly the virus is spreading, so it can respond quickly and effectively. The app helps the NHS track the virus, not individuals.

The app uses a customer's smartphone’s existing -“Exposure Logging” feature to work out if they have spent time near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

So what do people need to do?


We're encouraging people to download the NHS COVID-19 App from Thursday 24 September.

It can be download via the App Store or Google Play.

Once downloaded, people will be able to check-in when visiting venues such as restaurants, pubs, museums or places of worship, by scanning the QR code on a poster that will be visible at the entrance of the place you're visiting.

We will also have the posters at all relevant Wiltshire Council buildings including our hubs in Chippenham, Salisbury and Trowbridge, libraries and leisure centres.

Watch a short video on how the process works.

 

 


Why should people download the app?

Every person who downloads the app will be helping in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19).

The app will help the NHS understand where and how quickly the virus is spreading, so it can respond quickly and effectively. The app helps the NHS track the virus.

If people download the app, are they being tracked?

The app will not track anyone or their location. Instead, a person’s postcode district helps the app work out where the virus is spreading. The postcode district is the first part of the postcode, which is common to about 8,000 other households. When the app is first download, people will be asked for your postcode district.


What happens if someone has a positive test result?

If someone tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), the app will tell that person to self-isolate. If they are under 18, they are advised to show the alert to a trusted adult. It is really important that people stay at home during this time. The app will help them keep track of their isolation period with a countdown timer showing how much longer they need to keep self-isolating. The app will also provide links to advice from the NHS on coronavirus and on what to do if feeling unwell.


Will the app work if a phone is locked?

The app will work while the phone is locked, as long as the phone is switched on and Bluetooth is enabled. An exception to this is if you someone has just restarted their phone, they must first unlock the phone to trigger the app to start working. This is only required on restart and they don’t need to open the app.


What does this mean for businesses?

Businesses need to check if they are required to create and display a QR code poster from 24 September.

This is a legal requirement so check online to see if your business should display a poster.

NHS QR code posters are a quick, simple and secure way for visitors to anonymously register that they've been to a particular venue. This allows customers or visitors to receive important public health messages if needed.

By supporting the official NHS QR code poster system, businesses will be protecting visitors and their business. They will help to slow the spread of the virus, reduce the impact of any second wave, and help normal life to resume more quickly.

What can you do?

•Spread the word about the app among your community, networks and contacts – including the business community
•Endorse the app on your social media platforms and encourage people to download it
•Mention the app at meetings you’re involved with


More information

FAQs for businesses

Detailed overview of the scheme

Further assets to support the scheme

Download and print this guide

Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update 11th September

 

 

 

 

More Wiltshire libraries to open, providing an order and collect service

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

From 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.

Click here for more information

Watch a short video to see how the order and collect service works

 

School admissions window now open for primary and secondary school places

You can now apply for primary and secondary school places for September 2021 entry, for children starting school for the first time or for children who are moving from a primary to secondary school or from an infant to junior school.

Applications can be submitted online at www.wiltshire.gov.uk until the national deadline dates of 31 October 2020 for secondary schools and 15 January 2020 for primary schools and infant to junior transfer.

The National Offer Day for school places from applications received before the published deadlines are 1 March 2021 for secondary and 16 April 2021 for primary and junior places. You will be able to log back into the online system on the National Offer Day to view the outcome of your application.

More on this here

 

 

Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update 5th August

 

COVID-19

Visit our website for the latest information about our services and COVID-19 support. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

 

 

Maintaining social distancing 

Do you have difficulties maintaining social distancing, or know someone that does?

The government have designed badges that can be used to signal to others around you that they need to pay extra attention and give you more space.

Download the badge here.

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting your recovery after COVID-19


If you're recovering from COVID-19, you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind.

These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others, but there are things you can do to help.

Your COVID Recovery helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery.

For full details of the help available click here.

 

 

 

 

Wiltshire Council COVID -19 Update - 15 July

COVID-19
Visit our website for the latest information about our services and COVID-19 support. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

You can also visit:
Central government COVID-19 updates
NHS updates

Face masks and coverings to be compulsory in England's shops
Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England will become mandatory from 24 July.

Shops and supermarkets will be expected to encourage compliance with the law and can refuse entry. Those who fail to comply with the new rules could face a fine of up to £100.
The move will bring England into line with Scotland and other major European nations like Spain, Italy and Germany.Since mid-May, the public have been advised to wear coverings in enclosed public spaces, where they may encounter people they would not usually meet.It has also been compulsory on public transport in England since 15 June.

Children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt.

To find out how to make your own face covering click here.

Find full guidance on when to wear a face covering here.

 

Disposing of face coverings and PPE 

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs recently published guidance for the public and businesses on how to dispose of personal or business waste, including face coverings and PPE, during the coronavirus pandemic.
If you need to throw away used face coverings or PPE, such as gloves you should:

dispose of them in the ‘black bag’ waste bin at home or at work, or a litter bin if outside
not put them in a recycling bin as they cannot be recycled through conventional recycling facilities
take them home if there is no litter bin – do not drop them as litter
You do not need to:put them in an extra bag
store them for a time before throwing them away
If you're running a business or organisation you should:provide extra bins for staff and customers to throw away their face coverings and PPE, and any other additional waste, such as takeaway packaging and disposable tableware
make sure that staff and customers do not put face coverings and PPE in a recycling bin as they cannot be recycled through conventional recycling facilities
make sure bins are emptied often so they do not overflow and create litter.

More information here.

 

Got symptoms? Get tested!

Residents in Wiltshire and Swindon are being urged to get tested for coronavirus as soon as they experience symptoms.

The two Directors of Public Health within the county are increasingly concerned that people are adopting a ‘wait and see' approach if they feel unwell, perhaps not realising that testing facilities are available locally.

Regional testing sites, which are open seven days a week, are based at Wroughton park & ride in Swindon and Beehive park & ride in Salisbury. In addition, a mobile testing unit will be at County Hall's Mortimer Street car park in Trowbridge several days a week as of 13 July initially it will be available from 13-16 July, then for six days from 19 July.

Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, and/or a loss of or change in their normal sense of smell or taste, can book a test online.

 More on the testing sites here .

 

Young people encouraged to use Early Mental Health and Counselling Support Service

Young people in Wiltshire are being reminded support is out there if they are struggling with emotional wellbeing during COVID-19.

We worked with CCG and commissioned charity Barnardo's earlier this year to provide advice for 5-18-year-olds who may be experiencing:

Low mood
Panic, stress, worry and low level anxiety
Problems sleeping
Anger difficulties
Low self-esteem
Relationship difficulties with family or friends
Relationship problems at school or in the community (including bullying)
Feeling overwhelmed by pressure; for example in relation to school work

For more information on this service click here.

   

Update on carbon reduction progress

 
At today's Cabinet meeting (Tuesday 14 July), we provided an update on the progress we've made since November 2019 in response to the climate emergency.

In February 2019, we resolved to seek to make Wiltshire carbon neutral by 2030, and in November 2019, it agreed to amend our business plan 2017-2027 to give prominence on the climate emergency in the plan.

Since then, we have appointed a Head of Carbon Reduction and made significant changes across a range of services in the authority to help tackle climate change.

Commenting on the progress made in the past six months, Cllr Richard Clewer, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, said: "I'm delighted that we've made such good progress across the council to contribute towards our resolution to become carbon neutral by 2030.

"We recognise that there is much to do to meet this target, but we have made promising strides forward and there is much more to come...Climate change affects every service we provide, so by taking a council-wide approach we can make a significant number of changes across all services to help us reach our target."

 More on the progress made here.

 

 

 

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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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