CWaC COVID-19 Update Bulletin – 07/10/20

Key messages to share with communities

Two new COVID-19 local testing sites will open in west Cheshire this week, allowing residents with COVID-19 symptoms to book a test. The sites in Winsford and Northwich will be open from 8am to 8pm, seven-days-a-week. They are walk-through sites and no parking is available at either location. The Winsford site, Queensway Testing Centre, is located on Queensway and has begun offering tests. It can only be accessed by the pathway that leads to the rear of Wyvern House. The Northwich site, The Old Depot Testing Centre, opens on 10 October and is located on Leicester Street on an area of unused land that was a former Cheshire County Council depot. Book a test.

From Monday 28 September, people are required to self-isolate by law if they test positive for COVID-19 or are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service. The Government has introduced a support scheme for people in work on low incomes to help them self-isolate, which will be available until 31 January 2021. Residents may be able to claim a £500 lump sum payment if they can’t work from home and are required to self-isolate. This payment aims to help make up for any lost income people may face due to having to stay at home. Full details about eligibility for this scheme.

Wash hands as often as you can, cover your face when out and about, and keep two metres away from others.

Protect yourself by putting the NHS COVID-19 app on your phone.

Tested positive? Stay home for a fortnight.

Avoid unnecessary travel to other areas that have lockdown restrictions.

CWaC COVID-19 Update Bulletin – 05/10/20

Key messages

Here are some key messages from CWaC.  

In the seven days up to 26 September, there were 214 confirmed COVID-19 cases in west Cheshire. This compares to 136 cases in the previous week from 13 to 19 September. Positive COVID-19 cases increased rapidly in September and continue to rise weekly, leading to Cheshire West and Chester being added to the Government’s watchlist as an area of concern.

Cheshire West and Chester Council has proposed additional restrictions on household mixing to tackle an increase in COVID-19 infections and protect public health. Full details about the proposal.

From Monday 28 September, people are required to self-isolate by law if they test positive for COVID-19 or are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service. The Government has introduced a support scheme for people in work on low incomes to help them to self-isolate, which will be available until 31 January 2021. Residents may be able to claim a £500 lump sum payment if they can’t work from home and are required to self-isolate. This payment aims to help make up for any lost income people may face due to having to stay at home. Full details about eligibility for this scheme.

Wash hands as often as you can, cover your face when out and about, and keep two metres away from others.

Protect yourself by putting the NHS COVID-19 app on your phone.

Got symptoms? Get a COVID-19 test by calling: 119 or visiting: nhs.uk/coronavirus.

Tested positive? Stay home for a fortnight.

Avoid unnecessary travel to other areas that have lockdown restrictions.

CWaC COVID-19 Update Bulletin – 24/09/20

Key messages

Download the COVID-19 app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. By downloading the app, you can play your part to support family and friends and halt the virus. Find out more information about the app.

From Thursday 24 September, the Government has made it a legal requirement for venues used by the public to put up the official COVID-19 QR poster on their premises. Play your part by displaying the COVID-19 QR poster at your venue to help make check-in quick and simple for your customers and visitors, staff and you. Access a guide to COVID-19 QR posters.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms of a high fever, new and continuous cough or loss in or change of taste or smell, get tested by calling 119 or visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus.

It’s important we all keep to the rule of six, wash our hands regularly, wear a face covering in places where social distancing may be difficult, and social distance by two metres in public.

Joint Message from CWaC and Cheshire East Councils

The leaders of Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cheshire East Council are sending a joint message to everyone across the county: if we act now, we have time to avoid a new peak in infections and a local lockdown.

In the seven days up to Saturday 12 September, there were 106 confirmed COVID-19 cases in west Cheshire and 100 confirmed cases in east Cheshire, a four-fold increase on recent case numbers.

With the number of infections even higher in Merseyside, Warrington and Halton and these areas facing the prospect of greater lockdown restrictions from Tuesday 22 September, the council leaders feel the next seven days offer a crucial opportunity to curb the number of infections.

The councils are also putting enhanced prevention measures in place and will act through local powers if necessary to protect the public.

All residents are asked to:

keep to the rule of six

wash hands regularly

wear a face covering in places where social distancing may be difficult

social distance by two metres in public.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms of a high fever, new and continuous cough or a change in or loss of taste or smell, get tested by calling: 119 or visiting: nhs.uk/coronavirus.

There is the following advice for workplaces.

All staff providing table service in hospitality venues are advised to wear face coverings.

All hospitality venues should take customer contact details and refuse to serve customers who fail to give details.

All venues must enforce strict social distancing, including queues outside premises and drinkers/smokers outside premises.

All venues must strictly enforce the rule of six.

All retail staff should wear a face covering unless they are always behind a screen.

Retail outlets are advised to report generally poor customer compliance with face coverings to Cheshire Police or the local authority.

Retail outlets are advised to enforce strict social distancing.

Latest advice about schools for parents and pupils

With schools reopening, there will be some anxieties and concerns among parents and other people looking after young children. It’s important everyone follows the latest guidance, including only getting a test if you have one of the three symptoms of COVID-19.

We’ve put together a video with Dr Chris Ritchieson, Medical Director at the Cheshire West Integrated Care Partnership, providing clear guidance for pupils and parents.

Watch the video with Dr Chris Ritchieson

Message from Janet Handley (OPAL Services) – Volunteers Required!

Hi, I am the Volunteer Coordinator for OPAL and with lockdown easing we are now looking for a range of volunteers to support our services.

We support older people and their carers across rural west Cheshire and currently have over 200 volunteers helping us, recently winning the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

For more information about what we do please see our website: https://www.opalservices.org.uk/

We are looking for a range of people, including those working from home with particular interest in fundraising or publicity as well as drivers, carer support and general volunteers.

Realistically if people want to volunteer I’m sure we can find a role to suit them!

Let me know if you require any further information, equally if you are aware of anyone within your community who would benefit from our fabulous service called GoOnline (which supports over 60s in using the internet) let me know too.

We are able to offer this service remotely at the moment which has been extremely popular during lockdown.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Janet Handley

Volunteer Coordinator

07592 464856

My normal working days are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday