Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update 26 February

 

Targeted COVID-19 rapid community testing continues – you can now book appointments at Devizes, Salisbury and Chippenham



Our roll out of the government’s rapid COVID-19 community testing initiative locally to help drive down transmission rates continues, with bookings now being taken for the Chippenham centre.

The 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 book a test at our centres at Devizes Leisure Centre, Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre in Salisbury and now Monkton Park in Chippenham. Another centre will open in due course in Trowbridge but for the time being you can only book a place at Devizes, Salisbury and Chippenham.

The centres 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.

Anyone who receives a positive Lateral Flow Test result automatically activates legal obligations to self-isolate, and may also claim for a Test and Trace payment if they are eligible.

You can book your place on our website, where you will also find additional information, including FAQs.

 

Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update 24 February

COVID-19 Roadmap


Following the announcement from central government yesterday (Monday 22 February), the COVID-19 Roadmap has been released.
 
The roadmap explains how we plan to come out of this lockdown cautiously and safely.

It's broken down into four key steps:

Step 1 between 8 March and 29 March
Step 2, no earlier than 12 April
Step 3, no earlier than 17 May
Step 4, no earlier than 21 June
 
All the dates in the roadmap are indicative and subject to change. Only when the government is sure that it is safe to move from one step to the next will the final decision be made. 

The COVID-19 Roadmap gives us all a clear pathway out of this lockdown. However, we must not become complacent.

All of the sacrifices you have made during this time have resulted in case numbers dropping in Wiltshire, so a massive thank you for your efforts. We must all continue to play our part to stop the spread of coronavirus, as this is vital in making the transition out of this lockdown as smooth as possible.

So please continue to:

Wash your hands regularly
Wear a face covering where required to do so
Stay 2m apart from other people (outside of your household) 


 

 View the full COVID - 19 Roadmap guidance

 

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 116.8 to 101.2
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.

 

Wiltshire COVID-19 Public update - Live!

We will be hosting another COVID-19 public update webinar from 5.30pm on Tuesday 2 March, to provide the latest update on COVID-19 in Wiltshire and to answer your questions.

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

The broadcast will be an opportunity to hear about the latest rates of COVID-19 cases in Wiltshire, the arrangements in place to mitigate the spread of the virus and how the council is continuing to support residents and businesses at this time.

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 12 noon on Monday 1 March.

The live briefing will be broadcast via Microsoft Teams on Tuesday 2 March.


 

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

 

Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update 12 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 182.4 to 140.8.
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.

 

Families urged to keep following the rules and stay safe this half term

We are urging parents, children and young people to continue to follow social distancing guidance during the half term holidays.

During half term, parents can form a childcare bubble for a child under 14, with one other household, ideally who live locally. The childcare bubble is for childcare only and should not be used to mix with another household for social reasons.

A childcare bubble is different to a support bubble which is a support network linking two households. You can only form a support bubble if you meet one of the following criteria:
•You live by yourself
•You have a child under one
•You're a single adult living with one or more children under 18
•You're the only adult in your household not in need of continuous care
•You have a child under 5 with a disability who requires continuous care
•You're aged 16 or 17 living with others of the same age and without any adults

Full guidance for half term

 

Eligible unpaid carers in Wiltshire can now apply for PPE, following government announcement

Wiltshire’s eligible unpaid carers will be able to receive PPE following updated government guidance published last week.

We are working closely with charity Carer Support Wiltshire to ensure unpaid carers receive the PPE they need to keep those they care for, and themselves safe.

Carers can request PPE if they care for or go into the home of someone they don’t live with to provide care or support.

Full details on PPE available for unpaid carers

 

Mental health forum members have produced a guide to local support services

People with lived experience of mental ill health have produced their own comprehensive guide to mental health and wellbeing services on offer in Wiltshire.

Members of the Wiltshire Mental Health Open Forum worked together to compile the Wiltshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Support Services list, which details where adults, children and young people can get support, counselling, and advice on topics such as addiction, bereavement and homelessness.

Set up in July 2020, the forum is a joint collaboration between Healthwatch Wiltshire and mental health service provider Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP), and is supported by a range of organisations including Wiltshire Council, Richmond Fellowship, Carer Support Wiltshire and Citizens Advice.

Download the Wiltshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Support Services List

 

More than 1,300 people attended our Local Plan review engagement sessions, and the consultation continues

The last of our online engagement sessions to explain more about the ongoing Local Plan review consultation has ended, with 1,321 people joining the events.
The sessions were an opportunity for people to find out more about the proposals in their local area, and to ask questions about the plans and the consultation. In total, the council held 17 events, 15 related to towns and a city in the county, and two on plans for rural areas.

Although the online engagement events have now finished, you can still view the presentations from the events, view all the consultation documents, and have your say on the consultation, which ends on 9 March. All the information, including how to submit comments, is available on our website.

Full details on the Local Plan review engagement sessions

 

 

 

We have received a Green Homes Grant to progress our Housing Energy Efficiency Programme

We have been successful in our bid for a Green Homes Grant of £546,500, which will target work to be carried out to improve 100 of our least energy efficient homes as part of our Housing Energy Efficiency programme.

We received the funding through the Government's Local Authority Delivery (LAD) scheme and it will be used to help deliver the Housing Energy Efficiency programme, which aims to bring all council houses in Wiltshire up to an EPC B energy rating over the next 10 years.

Full details on our successful bid for a Green Homes Grant

 

 

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