Guidance is being issued by the government on a daily basis in relation to coronavirus - known as COVID-19.
The Prime Minister addressed the public on Sunday 10 May 2020. A guidance document was published on 11 May 2020 to support this. You can view this document on the gov.uk website by clicking here.
Please also see here for what you can and can't do during thw Coronavirus outbreak.
PLEASE NOTE: The new guidance sets out the principles you should follow to ensure that time spent with others outside your homes is as safe as possible (unless you are clinically vulnerable or extremely vulnerable in which case you should click here to visit the gov.uk website).
The following points are expanded upon within Annex A of the Government's Recovery Strategy.
You can apply for a test if you are:
You need to get the test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms. It’s best to apply for the test in the first 3 days as it may take 1 or 2 days to arrange.
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new coronavirus. Public Health England (PHE) have a comprehensive guide on what COVID-19 is and this is available, together with their associated professional advice.
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses which cause a range of diseases. COVID-19 is the name given to the disease caused by a new coronavirus which had not previously been identified.
Click here to access the range of information sources on COVID-19 provided by Public Health England and the government.
Please click here for all the latest information and frequently asked questions regarding schools and COVID-19.
Click here for Safeguarding Adults information & advice regarding coronavrius (COVID-19).
Click here for Safeguarding Children information & advice regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).
We have made contact with key groups to ensure that support is provided in a co-ordinated way, and that the vulnerability of our communities is protected wherever possible. We are aware that some individuals may not have good natured intentions and if we become aware of these we will notify the police accordingly.
We recommend that you seek general advice online from NHS.uk and NHS 111 online.
A robust plan is in place to ensure that those residents that need support receive it. We have already met with care providers to help them think about their Business Continuity Plans, identify those people who they are working with that are not known to our service, and to provide advice and support.
We are working with partner agencies to ensure that we minimise visits to each individual (i.e. 1 visit instead of 3 separate agencies) and that we source information and collate resources, to ensure that those residents we do not know about yet become known to us and we can facilitate the relevant support.
Each of these situations is likely to be reviewed on a case by case basis and dependent upon the circumstances of the individuals. We will do everything we can to ensure that our residents are well supported within the community that they live.
Senior managers are currently reviewing whether each of our programmes is deemed to be a critical service, and whether the services can be temporarily suspended or delivered differently within communities. Critical services will be maintained at all times, although these may need to be delivered differently.
The council's public Facebook and Twitter pages will provide comprehensive updates as they are known. The staff Facebook page will also have useful information.
There currently no plans to give tenants a rent and council tax holiday, but this will be reviewed in line with any national guidance recieved, and the council will carefully consider how they communicate with residents over any outstanding rent/council tax at this time.
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