Latest weekly COVID-19 figures in Wiltshire (as of 16 November)
The government updates its COVID-19 case rate data daily. You can view this information and check COVID-19 case rates in your local postcode area here: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/
COVID-19 data for Wiltshire schools, hospitals and care homes, is available here: https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavirus
Up-to-date information about the latest number of COVID-related deaths in the Wiltshire Council area can be found here: GOV.UK
COVID-19 update from Director of Public Health, Kate Blackburn
Director of Public Health, Kate Blackburn has given an update on the case rates of COVID-19 in the county and announced the most up-to-date figures for this week.
COVID-19 testing is available seven days a week
COVID-19 testing sites are open seven days a week including weekends.
Current data shows that testing sites are much quieter at weekends than weekdays.
If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms, you must book a test immediately.
Keep playing your part.
Council services update
Many Wiltshire Council services are continuing to run during the current national restrictions (5 November to 2 December).
For more information about council services visit our website
Launch of #WiltshireTogether Champions network
The council is launching the #WiltshireTogether Champions initiative to create a network of people who can get the latest COVID-19 information out across Wiltshire. This network will help the council share accurate and factual guidance and advice, which will help counter misleading and inaccurate information being spread through social media and word of mouth.
The #WiltshireTogether Champions will be able to keep up-to-date with the latest national guidance and receive Wiltshire-specific updates, so that they can keep themselves, their families, friends and communities safe. The messages will be created by the council, ready for champions to simply share in an easy and quick way.
From this week, and for the next two weeks whilst new national restrictions are in place, the council has also redeployed 36 leisure staff as #WiltshireTogether Champions out and about in towns across Wiltshire. These staff will be working with the council’s Community Engagement Managers to engage with town and parish councils, businesses and residents to remind them of the importance of playing their part to help stop the spread of the virus in Wiltshire.
The Champions will probably be in touch if they haven't already so please do say hello and support their work. Many thanks.
Launch of new local COVID-19 contact tracing service
The council has launched its local COVID-19 contact tracing partnership, with the aim of contacting positive cases quickly and slowing the spread of the virus.
The council’s local service will support the NHS Test and Trace service and it will step in should the national team be unable to reach a person in Wiltshire who has tested positive for COVID-19.
If people are contacted by 0300 456 0100 they are urged to pick up as this will be Wiltshire’s contact tracers looking to pass on information and advice as well as establish any close contacts of the positive cases to ensure they too also self-isolate. People are asked to save the phone number in their phone’s contact list so that they know immediately who is trying to reach them. The council’s local tracing team is made up of members of its public health service.
Gemma Brinn of Wiltshire Council's Public Health team has shared some information about the new local COVID-19 Contact Tracing Service which you can watch on Watch on YouTube.
The Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub
Wiltshire Council's dedicated hub continues to be available to support the most vulnerable residents during the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
The hub is available to anyone who is struggling during this difficult time, such as people who are identified as clinically extremely vulnerable or self-isolating and don’t have a support network around them or know where to get help.
or by calling 0300 003 4576.
The hub is open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.
New Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme opens for applications
We’ve launched the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme after receiving over £7 million of Government funding to support local businesses.
This new scheme is aimed at those businesses required to close due to the national restrictions which started on 5 November 2020.
One-off grants will be awarded to eligible businesses to support them during the four-week closure and help them with the ongoing challenges presented by coronavirus. Eligible businesses that have:
•properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under will receive grants of £1,334
•properties with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000 will receive grants of £2,000
•properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over will receive grants of £3,000