Talk Community - Covid19 Update 7th May 2021
Please find below our latest update
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 5th May as a pdf for sharing).
Herefordshire Council coronavirus information section is updated daily and National guidance is available on the Government website
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 Council is working with Public Health England (PHE) Midlands to support S and A Produce at their site in Marden, Hereford, following an outbreak of COVID-19 among their workforce.
Dr Rebecca Howell Jones the Acting Director of Public Health is reassuring people that we are continuously working together with businesses in Herefordshire to prevent outbreaks and limit transmission when positive COVID-19 cases are identified.
We are continuing to work closely with S&A Produce, whose prompt and thorough testing and introduction of enhanced measures is helping to limit transmission in their workforce and the wider community.
Across Herefordshire there is very good engagement from a range of workplace settings to contain and manage outbreaks, including participation in repeat asymptomatic testing and active case finding. There are specific measures in place for seasonal workers, including testing and isolation on arrival as well as living and working in small ‘work bubble’ groups.
When outbreaks are identified, we work closely with organisations to ensure they have appropriate measures in place, such as social distancing, cleaning, work practices and ventilation. We monitor these measures to ensure they continue to be followed to manage and greatly reduce the risk of transmission.
Inevitably when the community case rate is low, this will produce a local spike in confirmed cases as has been seen in the past, and test, trace and isolate measures remain core to good outbreak management.
Free rapid flow tests
It is known that about 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still infect others. Therefore, getting tested regularly is the only way to know if anyone has the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.
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. Rapid lateral flow testing for people without symptoms and is now available to everyone free of charge, with people encouraged to take regular tests to help prevent outbreaks. We will keep you updated once we have agreed dates and times so you can pick up a rapid flow test locally.
In the meantime you can collect a free home test from a variety of locations like a test centre or pharmacy, alternatively you can order one online. Please refer to the Herefordshire Council’s website for details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Mental Health Awareness Week
10 - 16 May 2021
Next week, as part of the Mental Health Foundation’s Mental Health Awareness Week, everyone is invited to #ConnectWithNature. Evidence shows that nature is good for our mental health and connecting with nature can help prevent mental health issues. The benefits of nature have never been more evident than during the pandemic, when 45% of us reported that being in green space has been vital for our mental health.
For anyone looking to get more active and explore across Herefordshire, the Talk Community Directory has some great information and signposting to local support organisations and different countywide walking routes. To find out more, take a look at www.talkcommunitydirectory.org/walks.
If you need any additional support for your mental health and wellbeing or would like to try the five winning ways to wellbeing, which are 1) take notice, 2) connect, 3) be active, 4) give and 5) keep learning, visit www.talkcommunitydirectory.org/mentalhealth.
If you know anyone who is struggling with mental health problems, whether for the first time or they’ve experienced a sudden deterioration of an existing problem, and they need urgent assistance, they can contact the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Mental Health 24 Hour Helpline. The service is available for all ages, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by calling 0808 196 9127.
Funding and project news
Up to date information on all funding opportunities is listed in the Herefordshire Council funding update.
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
If you know any 'outstanding group of volunteers whose level of initiative and impact are truly exceptional, then you can nominate them for a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the equivalent an MBE for volunteer groups.
Nominations opened a couple of weeks ago and remain open until September. Nominate here.