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.
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.
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.
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.
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.