LATEST ADVICE FROM CORNWALL COUNCIL:
The latest statistics and information about Coronavirus in Cornwall are available on the councilís website at https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/information-about-coronavirus/
For more information on the rules and guidance visit www.gov.uk or www.cornwall.gov.uk or to view Local Covid-19 data in Cornwall please follow this link: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/information-about-coronavirus/local-covid-19-data/
Information about Coronavirus
The Governments current guidance is:
- Get vaccinated and get your booster dose
- Consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed places
- Wash your hands regularly and cover coughs and sneezes
- Let fresh air in if you meet indoors, or meet outside
For more information from the Government about how we will live with Cobid-19 please follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-sets-out-next-steps-for-living-with-covid
Vaccinations and Testing:
Vaccinations are the best way to protect yourself and others from Covid-19.
The NHS is coordinating the Covid-19 vaccinations. To book an appointment please use the NHS online booking service or call 119. You can book a vaccination by following this link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
Can I still get a test for COVID-19?
PCR testing sites in Cornwall have now closed as part of the Government's plan to live with COVID-19.
From Friday 1 April, most people will need to purchase COVID-19 tests from pharmacies.
The Government has announced that some of our residents will still be able to access free symptomatic (PCR) tests:
- Patients in hospital, where a PCR test is required for their care and to provide access to treatments and to support ongoing clinical surveillance for new variants;
- People who are eligible for community COVID-19 treatments because they are at higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19. People in this group will be contacted directly and sent lateral flow tests to keep at home for use if they have symptoms as well as being told how to reorder tests; and
- People living or working in some high-risk settings. For example, staff in adult social care services such as homecare organisations and care homes, and residents in care homes and extra care and supported living services, NHS workers and those working and living in hospices, and prisons and places of detention (including immigration removal centres),
- People will also be tested before being discharged from hospital into care homes, hospice.
Can I get a free LFD test?
Rapid lateral flow device (LFD) testing for people without symptoms of COVID-19 will continue after Friday 1 April in some high-risk settings where infection can spread rapidly while prevalence is high. This includes:
- Patient-facing staff in the NHS and NHS-commissioned Independent Healthcare Providers
- Staff in hospices and adult social care services, such as domiciliary care home care organisations, care homes and a small number of care home visitors who provide personal care
- Staff in some prisons and places of detention (including immigration removal centres) and in high risk domestic abuse refuges and homelessness settings
- Residential Special Educational Needs and Disabilities facilities, care home staff and residents during an outbreak and for care home residents upon admission.
What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?
From 24th February, you will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19.
However, it is strongly advised that you stay at home and avoid contact with others for at least 5 days from when your symptoms started your positive test if you did not have symptoms.
This will reduce the risk that you will pass the virus on to other people.
After 5 days, you may choose to take a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) followed by another the next day. If both these tests are negative, and you do not have a temperature, you can return to your normal routine.
If you leave your home before 10 full days after testing positive, you risk passing COVID-19 to other people. Itís important that you take steps to reduce the chance of passing COVID-19 to others. This means you should:
- work from home if you can
- limit contact with people, particularly those at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19
- wear a face covering in shops, on public transport and when itís hard to stay away from other people. (particularly indoors, in crowded places or where there is not much fresh air)
- wash your hands regularly and cover coughs and sneezes.
- let fresh air in if you meet indoors. The more fresh air you let into your home and other enclosed spaces, the less likely a person is to inhale infectious particles
- Your close contacts will no longer be required to self-isolate or advised to take daily tests. However, it is strongly recommended that you continue to inform your close contacts that you have tested positive. This is so that they can take extra care in following COVID-safe behaviours.
If you think you have symptoms but can't get a test
If you experience the symptoms below, but cannot access a test, it is recommended that you stay at home and self isolate for five days or until you no longer have a temperature. You should avoid contact with people
Most people with the virus have at least one of these symptoms:
- A fever
- A new, continuous cough
- A loss of sense of taste or smell
Other variant symptoms can include:
- Blocked/runny nose
- Sore throat
- Hay Fever like symptoms
Your mental health matters
It is normal to feel anxious or worried about changes in your life and with many of us having to become used to living life a bit differently due to the pandemic and the changes that occur regularly it is important to take care of yourself and your mental health.
Cornwall Council has lots of wellbeing information and support services on how to keep yourself mentally healthy during these challenging times. Follow this link for more information: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/mental-health/coronavirus-and-mental-wellbeing/mental-wellbeing-guidance/
Saltash Town Council regularly review their Building and Property Risk Assessments to ensure staff and users safety at all times. Please click on the links below to view and download the risk assessments for the Town Council's buildings or properties:
You can keep up to date with current information as and when it is released by following social media channels and checking relevant websites:
For national information go to the government website:
ACAS - Coronavirus Advice for Employers and Employees
If you require business support you can find useful information and guidance from your local Citizen Advice Bureau. Click here to be redirected to Saltash Citizen Advice Bureau's website
Or click on the following link to Visit Growth Hub or call 01209 708660 during office hours.
Other useful Information:
Please continue to protect yourself and others.