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Supporting You and Your Community Through Covid-19

 

Supporting You and Your Community Through Covid-19

Dear Reader

We recognise that this is a challenging period for us all and even more so for vulnerable people. As Neighbourhood Watch we believe it is very important that we all take care and protect ourselves as a priority and where possible we safely carry on the great work of supporting and staying connected with our communities.

In England, between 5th November – 2nd December, national restrictions mean that:

  • You should only leave home for food, medical reasons, exercise, education, or work
  • You must work from home if you can
  • You should avoid travel unless essential
  • Schools and essential shops will remain open

There are a variety of ways however in which we can support our loved ones and communities through these restrictions.

Keeping your loved ones safe
The most valuable thing we can all do is keep ourselves and our loved safe – physically and emotionally.

Supporting your community
There are a variety of ways in which you can support your community depending on your individual situation. A few ideas are:

The NHS Volunteer Responders programme, set up by NHS England, is here to help people in England to stay safe during coronavirus. NHS Volunteer Responders have now completed more than a million tasks! Following an initial recruitment campaign for new volunteers in 70 local authority areas, they have now opened up recruitment across England. This is in response to the lockdown that began on 5 November and because demand for the volunteers’ support is continuing to rise. It will also help to meet NHS requests for additional direct support during this winter. At the same time, they are encouraging anyone who signed up as an NHS Volunteer Responder in March but had to step down due to other commitments, to re-join the programme and give as much time as they can.

As the programme evolves it will focus on direct support to the NHS with tasks such as the delivery of equipment to monitor vulnerable COVID-19 patients in their homes, and with stewarding people at vaccination clinics. They will also continue to support vulnerable people by delivering food and medication, and through Check In and Chat phone calls. They are not intending to replace any local volunteering activity. They aim to work collaboratively with volunteering leads in local areas.

If you are interested in joining as a volunteer you can attend an online meetings by clicking the link below at the specified time:
Thursday 19th November, 11.30-12.30 Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Thursday 3rd December, 11.30-12.30 Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Thursday 17th December, 11.30-12.30 Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Beware of scams and crimes
Criminals are using the COVID-19 pandemic to scam the public. To help you avoid becoming a victim, we have highlighted on our website the wide variety of COVID-19 scams and crimes which have arisen, key protection advice and guidance on how to report these scams.

Community response stories
For further inspiration on ways in which you can support your community, have a look at our Community Response Stories. If you have a story you would like to share, please submit it using this form.

Domestic abuse survivors
Are you or someone you know is a domestic abuse survivor, the information below may be very useful.

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Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Wash Hands, Cover Face, Make Space

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

For more information click here

We are currently in area risk HIGH

If you need help with food shopping or obtaining medication please let us know email: msavillagehall@outlook.com or call one of the following numbers: Rob Hughes Tel: 01625 827917 Ron Taylor Tel: 01625 585039 or Mick Shaw Tel: 01625 584943

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Guidance on shielding the vulnerable

People with serious underlying health conditions (listed below) which put them at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) are being advised to rigorously follow shielding measures in order to keep themselves safe.

People falling into this extremely vulnerable group include:

  1. Solid organ transplant recipients
  2. People with specific cancers:
    • people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer
    • people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
    • people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
    • people having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
    • people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
  3. People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.
  4. People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell).
  5. People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
  6. Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.
  7.  

The NHS in England is directly contacting people with these conditions to provide further advice.

Shielding measures are:

  1. Strictly avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough.
  2. Do not leave your house.
  3. Do not attend any gatherings. This includes gatherings of friends and families in private spaces for example family homes, weddings and religious services.
  4. Do not go out for shopping, leisure or travel and, when arranging food or medication deliveries, these should be left at the door to minimise contact.
  5. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.

Do use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.

This advice will be in place for at least 12 weeks from the day you receive your letter.

If you live with others in your household

Whilst the rest of your household are not required to adopt these protective shielding measures for themselves, we would expect them to do what they can to support you in shielding and to stringently follow guidance on social distancing.

  1. Minimise as much as possible the time other family members spend in shared spaces and keep shared spaces well ventilated.
  2. Aim to keep 2 metres (3 steps) away from people you live with and encourage them to sleep in a different bed where possible. If you can, you should use a separate bathroom from the rest of the household. Make sure you use separate towels from the other people in your house, both for drying themselves after bathing or showering and for hand-hygiene purposes.
  3. If you do share a toilet and bathroom with others, it is important that they are cleaned after use every time (for example, wiping surfaces you have come into contact with). Another tip is to consider drawing up a rota for bathing, with you using the facilities first.
  4. If you share a kitchen with others, avoid using it while they are present. If you can, you should take your meals back to your room to eat. If you have one, use a dishwasher to clean and dry the family’s used crockery and cutlery. If this is not possible, wash them using your usual washing up liquid and warm water and dry them thoroughly. If you are using your own utensils, remember to use a separate tea towel for drying these.
  5. We understand that it will be difficult for some people to separate themselves from others at home. You should do your very best to follow this guidance and everyone in your household should regularly wash their hands, avoid touching their face, and clean frequently touched surfaces.

If the rest of your household stringently follow advice on social distancing and minimise the risk of spreading the virus within the home by following the advice above, there is no need for them to also shield alongside you.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature above 37.8 °C and/or new and continuous cough), seek clinical advice using the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or call NHS111 if you don’t have internet access. In an emergency, call 999 if you are seriously ill. Do not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital. Do this as soon as you get symptoms.

To help the NHS provide you with the best care if you need to go to hospital as a result of catching coronavirus, we ask that you prepare a single hospital bag. This should include your emergency contact, a list of the medications you take (including dose and frequency), any information on your planned care appointments and things you would need for an overnight stay (snacks, pyjamas, toothbrush, medication etc). If you have an advanced care plan, please include that.

Help with obtaining food or medicines Ask family, friends or neighbours or email: msavillagehall@outlook.com and use online services wherever possible.
Please discuss your daily needs during this period of staying at home with carers, family, friends, neighbours or local community groups to see how they can support you. Please visit gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable from Tuesday 24 March 2020 to register for the support that you need. This includes help with food, shopping deliveries and additional care you might need.

Further information is available on the NHS website

Please see new page on how to shield the most vulnerable from infection

 

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COVID-19 Village News

We now have a Covid-19 web page with information on the virus, steps to take to reduce the chance of infection, what to do if you become infected, current situation in the village and information on how to help the more vulnerable in our village

 

Infection Control

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

How long to stay at home

  • if you have symptoms of coronavirus, you’ll need to stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with someone who has symptoms, you’ll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)

Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.

It is particularly important for people who:

  • are 70 or over
  • have a long-term condition
  • are pregnant
  • have a weakened immune system

Do

wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

always wash your hands when you get home or into work

use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus

only travel on public transport if you need to

work from home, if you can

avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas

avoid events with large groups of people

use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services

Don’t

  • do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

If you’re at high risk

The NHS will contact you from Monday 23 March 2020 if you are at particularly high risk of getting seriously ill with coronavirus. You’ll be given specific advice about what to do.

Do not contact your GP or healthcare team at this stage – wait to be contacted.

Who is at risk?

You may be at a particularly high risk of getting seriously ill with coronavirus if you:

  • have had an organ transplant and are taking immunosuppressant medicine
  • are having chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukaemia
  • have a severe chest condition, such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma
  • have another serious health condition

 

How coronavirus is spread

Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.

Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.

Pregnancy advice

If you’re pregnant and worried about coronavirus, you can get advice about coronavirus and pregnancy from the Royal College of Obstretricians and Gynaecologists.

 

Coronavirus Symptoms

The most common symptoms appear to be Fever (88%), Dry Persistent Cough (68%), Fatigue (38%), Sputum / Phlegm (33%), Shortness of Breath (19%), Sore Throat or Headache (14%)
  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
Advice: Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do. Only call 111 if you can’t get help online. Further information is available on the NHS website  

Help for the vulnerable

Use this page to provide help in a safe way to those more at risk. If you have had the infection and are now fully recovered, you should have some immunity to the virus and may be in the best position to offer help to the most vulnerable. How will this work? Helpers: If you have had COVID-19 infection confirmed and you have recovered fully from the infection, probably around 2 weeks after symptoms started, you will probably be immune from further infection (from what is known of other Coronavirus infections). We need to know who you are and if you would be prepared to help our most vulnerable. Email: msavillagehall@outlook.com High Risk People: Let us know how we can help, be it shopping, transport, company in isolation. We will attempt to match you up with somebody who is not likely to have the virus and who is prepared to help you. Email: msavillagehall@outlook.com For security purposes you must be residing in the village or be well known in the village, to avoid scammers. All services provided are free of charge. If you need help with food shopping or obtaining medication please let us know email: msavillagehall@outlook.com or call one of the following numbers: Rob Hughes Tel: 01625 827917 Ron Taylor Tel: 01625 585039 or Mick Shaw Tel: 01625 584943  

Infection Status in the Village

On this page you will find the latest information about the status of our village. We need you to let us know if you or someone close to you has the infection. Please email: msavillagehall@outlook.com We will maintain your confidentiality and will just publish numbers and approximate location of the disease. Please bear in mind that this will not take into account those who remain apparently asymptomatic.

Total Number of Infected People as of 05/06/20

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Total Number of Fatalities as at 05/06/20

0

Cases in East Cheshire as at 05/06/20

1255

Total Covid-19 related deaths in East Cheshire as at 05/06/20

119

The number of new daily confirmed cases is reducing, probably as a result of the current lockdown. If this trend continues it will be a good sign that the lockdown works in slowing the spread of the virus.

 

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