Talk Community Covid update 21 May 2021

May 19 Intelligence Summary 

Data and guidance

The latest data slides can found on the Understanding Herefordshire COVID-19 weekly summary page which are now produced every fortnight (attached is summary dated 19th May as a pdf for sharing). Slides are now produced on a fortnightly basis with the next set available after 4th June.

Herefordshire Council coronavirus information section is updated daily and National guidance is available on the Government website

Further easing of restrictions from 17 May

On 10 May, the Prime Minister confirmed that the government’s four tests for easing COVID-19 restrictions have been met and planned easements can go ahead from today (17 May).

This includes the reopening of indoor hospitality and indoor and outdoor entertainment, including cinemas, museums, children’s play areas and outdoor performances.

All guidance below is updated to reflect changes in taking step 3 of the roadmap:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

Restrictions on businesses and venues in England

Page summary details the steps to reopen certain businesses and venues in England.

Making a support bubble with another household

Page summary How you can safely expand the group of people you have close contact with during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Making a childcare bubble with another household

Page summary: How you can get informal childcare for anyone under 14 from friends and family you do not live with.

COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

Information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

Guidance for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities on safely re-opening multi-purpose buildings.

Guidance on working safely during coronavirus

Working safely guidance for close contact, construction and other outdoor work, factories, plants and warehouse, labs and research facilities, offices and contact centres, grassroot sports, performing arts, hospitality and retail. The updates include additional information for different sectors on how coronavirus restrictions will be eased.

Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

Updated guidance for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities on safely re-opening to reflect the further easing of national restrictions which came into effect 17th May.

Public reminded to let in fresh air when meeting others indoors to reduce the spread of COVID-19

Government launches new campaign backed by medical experts, scientists and businesses urging the public to open windows when meeting friends and family indoors.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice on accessing green spaces safely

Advice on using green spaces and protecting yourself and others from coronavirus.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for people in England with animals

Advice for pet owners and livestock keepers on looking after the welfare of animals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This advice applies to England only.

COVID-19: Guidance for managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms

Guidance for owners and operators of playgrounds and outdoor gyms to enable their use while minimising the transmission risk of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Updated to reflect new guidance on meeting friends and family.

Vaccinations

Coronavirus immunisations continue in Herefordshire, targeting the priority groups determined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group have regular updates on the local roll-out of vaccines on their webpage.

Herefordshire Testing

Changes to COVID-testing centres

A more permanent testing site is constructed for the drive-through COVID-testing centre at Merton Meadow (Hereford).

Due to very low attendance figures, the Leominster testing centre for people with COVID-19 symptoms in Broad St car park will be replaced with a mobile testing unit that will be rotated between this location and Ross-on-Wye Wilton Road car park.

Contained outbreak of COVID-19 ‘Indian variant’ confirmed

Seven cases of variant identified but contained within small work bubble. Herefordshire Council is working with Public Health England (PHE) Midlands to support a farm in the county following an outbreak of COVID-19 among a small number of their seasonal workforce.

Talk Community Helpline

The Talk Community Covid-19 helpline continues to operate for those who are unable to source support from family, friends or their local community with food supplies, medication delivery or befriending, including those that need to self-isolate. Please contact us or forward our contact details onto those requiring support to 01432 260027 or email talkcommunityhelpline@herefordshire.gov.uk or go to Coronavirus - Talk Community support for more information and to complete an online support form. Contact NHS 111 for any urgent medication supplies.

Talk Community Hubs update

The Life and Soul Kitchen (LSK) has become the latest to join the growing network of Talk Community Hubs across the County.

They are situated between a primary and secondary school in Hereford. Part of their offer is to provide those with financial hardships the opportunity to engage in family activities that they might not normally be able to participate in, for example cooking sessions, storytelling, craft, play, singing and drama sessions. More information is available on the Talk Community Directory

Herefordshire Council are working with the Talk Community Hubs to identify new ways for people to access testing, since not everyone is able to visit a test site/centre. This week there were testing pop ups at the Golden Valley Hub - CARE Herefordshire and the Hub Peterchurch. Both hubs now hold a stock of kits that people can drop in and collect.

In conjunction with Public Health and Ross Community Development Trust, a regular slot for testing has been arranged for the Thursday and Saturday markets in Ross-on-Wye.

Latest Talk Community Directory news

Don’t forget to keep up to date with all the latest news, from across the county, on the Talk Community Directory newsroom.

Last week, there was an article promoting ways to give your mental health and wellbeing a boost, as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. This week, find out how you can make a difference for Dementia Action Week and the activities taking place as part of the CLOVER project launch in Herefordshire.

If you’ve got a story you’d like to feature, get in touch with the Talk Community Directory Team at info@talkcommunitydirectory.org.

Funding

Discretionary Restart Grant to support businesses

Businesses across Herefordshire that have been impacted by this year’s national Covid-19 lockdown restrictions could benefit from a new discretionary grant support

Up to date information on all funding opportunities is listed in the Herefordshire Council funding update.

Economic summary published on the Understanding Herefordshire website

The latest (May 2021) edition of the Economic Impacts of COVID-19 summary has just been published on the Understanding Herefordshire website.

The summary contains the latest economic insights for Herefordshire, including the out-of-work claimant count, job postings and furlough data, plus a roundup of national intelligence and data covering a wide range of economic topics. You can subscribe to news alerts on the website to receive an email when updates are published.

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