Given the significant acceleration in COVID-19 infections in recent days and the ever evolving understanding of the disease and potential control/suppresion measures, I thought it would be helpful to circulate the Government's latest guidance together with details of the various voluntary schemes which have been set up locally to provide help and support to those who are self-isolating.
Public Health England - Latest COVID-19 Guidance
As at 16 March 2020, Public Health England have issued the following updated advice which will reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the tranmission of COVID-19:
1. Anyone with any symptoms (a high temperature which means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back or a new and continuous cough) should self-isolate. If you live alone, this should be for 7 days from when your symptoms started. If you live with others, all members of the household should self-isolate for 14 days, starting from when the first household member started displaying symptoms. Any household member who subsequently develops symptoms should self-isolate for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, ignoring any period they have already been in self-isolation.
2. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, do not go to a GP, pharmacy or hospital. There is also no need to inform NHS 111 that you are self-isolating. If you feel unable to cope with your symptoms, your condition worsens or your symptoms have not improved after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you are unable to access the internet, please call NHS 111 instead.
3. Those over 70, pregnant women or those with underlying health conditions should take particular care to limit social contact.
4. Everyone should avoid non-essential contact. Avoid pubs, clubs and other social venues.
5. Home working is recommended, where possible.
6. Non-essential travel should cease.
7. Avoid all gatherings whether small or large. Limit all social contact.
8. If you have self-isolated and need food, you need to arrange for food to be delivered to your home by friends and family or though a booked delivery. Food should be left outside and those delivering should not come within 6 feet.
The most important thing that we can all do to protect ourselves remains washing hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water or, if this is not available, with hand sanitiser gel.
For the most up-to-date Public Health England/Government guidance, please see here.
For more detailed information on social distancing, the Government's latest guidance can be accessed here.
SW Cheshire "Good Neighbours" Volunteers
If you are in south-west Cheshire and are either self-isolating or would like to help those that are, please visit the SW Cheshire "Good Neighbours" Volunteers Facebook page.
The aim is to help local volunteers connect with those who are co-ordinating support at a parish level in local communities. To help Parish Councils see how they can support the rural vicar network/local surgeries/pharmacies to support those who are self isolating and may be vulnerable and unable to leave the house.
They are also looking for volunteers who are willing to help delivering food, offer phone calls for company, volunteer for pet care or walking, collect prescriptions, doing library runs, telephone technical support, etc.
If you need to contact the group, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and contact details in the e-mail and any special skills if you are volunteering. If you need help please put NEED HELP in the subject line of the e-mail.
Winsford "Good Neighbours" Volunteers
If you are in Winsford and are either self-isolating or would like to help those that are, please visit the Winsford "Good Neighbours" Volunteers Facebook page.
The aim is to help local volunteers connect with those who are co-ordinating support in local communities, to help those who are self isolating and may be vulnerable and unable to leave the house.
If you run a community group, church group, etc that has elderly or vulnerable members then please message the group via the Facebook page so that they can work together to identify people who are likely to be in the most need. Likewise if any residents have neighbours they’re concerned about then please message with the details via the Facebook page.
They are also looking for volunteers, especially those with valid DBS certificates, who are willing to help deliver essentials, offer phone calls for company, volunteer for pet care or walking, etc.
Tarporley Parish Council are providing a co-ordination service to connect people who need help with volunteers offering help. For further details, please see here.
To register as a volunteer or as someone needing help, please visit https://www.tarporley.org.uk/coronavirus/
Bunbury Community - COVID-19 Support
Bunbury Parish Council and St Boniface Church have, with the support of local residents and groups, set up the Bunbury Community scheme, which is due to go live on Monday, 23 March 2020.
The scheme will support Bunbury residents self-isolating during the Covid-19 epidemic who need help with deliveries of food, goods and medications or require support due to being alone and out of contact with family and friends.
For further details of how the scheme will operate or to register as a volunteer or as someone needing help, please visit https://bunburyvillage.info/bunbury-community/
If you are aware of any other community/volunteer groups which have or are being set up in Eddisbury, please do not hestiate to send me the details by e-mail so that I can ensure that they are publicised.