Update from Shropshire Council
On Monday 19 October, Public Health England put Shropshire’s case rate at 90.4 per 100,000. In conduction with this, please see the recent statement below from Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Councils Director of Public Health:
“We are now at a dangerous and critical time in our fight against Covid-19. Infections are rising across the county and we expect to see a further increase in cases over the coming days. Day-by-day, the threat of further restrictions is closer to becoming a reality. Thank you to those who are stepping up to protect their friends, loved ones and the wider community, but we need everyone to do their bit. We all need to Step Up, think of others and play our part to avoid severe restrictions that will have a huge impact on our way of life.”
With this in mind, Using the ‘Swiss cheese’ approach to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 could be the method to take. https://newsroom.shropshire.gov.uk/2020/10/coronavirus-swiss-cheese-approach/
The government has now also introduced a 3 level system of restrictions across England and currently we are in the lowest category with the least restrictions, the point at which we would be considered for moving to the next category is 100 case per 100,000. We don’t automatically move up a level based only on infection rates. Hospitalisations, hospital capacity and the rate of increase in infection are among the factors that determine which category we are in, however it looks possible that we will face more restrictions in the weeks to come. Please see attached some useful posters to explain the different levels. To reiterate, Shropshire is currently in the ‘medium’ risk category, however, the high and very high posters help to illustrate the measures that would need to be adopted if we were to enter those levels locally.
With all of this in mind, we’d like to concentrate on the help that’s available to our community in Shropshire. In preparation for a potentially challenging winter here’s a brief run-down of the information and support that’s currently on offer.
If people are on a low income, they may be entitled to a test and trace support payment of £500 if they:
- Have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace service, either because they’ve tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, and
- Are employed or self-employed, and
- Are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result, and
- Are currently receiving universal credit, working tax credit, income-based employment and support allowance, income-based jobseeker’s allowance, income support, housing benefit and/or pension credit.
Welfare Support and Benefits
Please visit https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/information-for-the-public/your-rights-and-benefits/ for more information about additional financial support. The government have relaxed the rules for some benefits to help with the effect of coronavirus. Shropshire Council is offering residents whose employment or income have been adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, the opportunity to delay payment of council tax for 2 months .If you need to claim universal credit because of coronavirus there is useful information to help you on the Understanding universal credit website.
Additionally, we currently have an emergency assistance fund. Applications are open to anyone who has been financially affected by coronavirus and is finding it hard to meet their essential outgoings as a result. If you, or someone you know, is having difficulty meeting outgoings, or there is risk to your home, call us on 0345 678 9078 or 03456789028.
As the recession deepens, more people are losing their jobs and facing hardship. It is vital that people in Shropshire know where to get help. The Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance has created resources for people and organizations in Shropshire to find advice and support:
- Shropshire Larder(shropshirelarder.org.uk) – is the most comprehensive directory of services for people living in Shropshire on a low budget. It has information on how to access a foodbank or community food project, and how to eat well on a budget. It also covers how to get support with benefits, housing, and debt.
- Please help us make sure this info is reaching everyone who needs it.
With this guidance in place, we are contacting Clinically Extremely Vulnerable residents to ensure they are supported, more options may be introduced as we move into the winter period.
Staying safe in the workplace
Please see the web link below, and the attached poster, for some simple advice and guidance on how to protect from the Coronavirus whilst in the workplace.
Shropshire Council praises voluntary and community sector’s work during pandemic
Councillor Gwilym Butler, cabinet member for communities, place planning and regulatory services, said:
“I would like to take the opportunity to recognise and congratulate the voluntary and community sector, including the collective support from Shropshire VCS Assembly, and town and parish councils, including the work of Shropshire Association of Local Councils, in their response to Covid-19. I recognise how fortunate we are locally with the resilience of many of our communities. The Community and Rural Strategy will be important in working to endorse and enhance that resilience as we move forward.”
Covid-19 Helpline and on-line information
For non-medical support and enquires call direct Covid-19 Helpline 0345 6789028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. On the Shropshire Council website, there is a wide range of information available to help you support people. Find the full range of information here: https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/information-for-the-public/. This includes the three directories on: food provision, community support and community social networks.
Sent on behalf of Shropshire Council/Public Health
We are keen to share with the community updated information regarding local Covid Testing. Shropshire is at critical point in the battle against COVID-19. On Monday 19th October, Public Health England put Shropshire’s case rate at 90.4 per 100,000.
People with symptoms of coronavirus – no matter how mild – should book a Covid-19 test as soon as possible. Testing is available for anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, such as a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss of or change in sense of taste or smell. People who are unsure if their symptoms are Covid-19 can visit https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/ or call 111 where advice will be given.
Testing is available at the following sites:
London Road Car Park, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND
22nd October – 27th October
Beatrice Street, Morrisons Oswestry, SY11 2HT
22nd October – 27th October
London Road Car Park, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND
28th October – 4th November
Highways Depot, Craven Arms, SY7 8NR
28th October – 4th November
How to book a test
To book a test visit: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test If you have other problems using the online service, call 119.
You can also book a test through the NHS COVID – 19 app. For further information please click here.
When to get a test
If you have symptoms, get a test as soon as possible. You need to get the test done within the first five days of showing symptoms.
Book a visit to a test site to have the test today. Or order a home test kit if you can’t get to a test site.
On days one to four of your symptoms, you can get tested at a site or at home.
If you’re ordering a home test kit on day four, do it by 3pm. On day five, you need to go to a test site. It’s too late to order a home test kit.
Stay at home if you have symptoms
You must stay at home (self-isolate) if you have symptoms. Do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
Anyone in your support bubble must also stay at home. A support bubble is where someone who lives alone (or just with their children) can meet people from one other household.
Getting a test is important. If you have symptoms and do not get tested, you will still need to self-isolate for at least 10 days, and your household or bubble for 14 days. Please see https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/
What the test involves
This test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud.
It checks if you have the virus now.
You can do the swab yourself (if you are aged 12 or over) or someone can do it for you.
Parents or guardians have to swab test children aged 11 or under.
Getting a test for someone else
If other people you live with have symptoms, you can order tests for up to three of them.
If you’re applying for a test for someone else, and the person is aged 13 or over, check they’re happy for you to get a test for them.
Getting your test result
While you are waiting for your test results you must self-isolate.
You’ll get a text or email with your result when it’s ready.
If you use the NHS Covid-19 app, you may also get your result in the app.
Most people get their test results the day after taking the test. Some results might take longer, but you should get them in 72 hours.
Information from Shropshire MIND:
We are open Monday to Friday 9 till 5, we will meet people who are in crisis, but with the changes it is majority telephone support. Our number is 01743 368647, the team are great and will assist and support to their best ability.
We have outreach workers who are making calls Monday to Friday to all those that we are aware of, but we can extend that to anyone with needs, ensuring everyone is in contact and we can then follow up with a call. We are looking at food parcels, but the shortage at the moment means that it is on hold for the moment.
We have the Crisis Cafe, it is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 1800hrs till 2200hrs within Shropshire Mind at Abbey Foregate. Normally you just turn up, but now you must call ahead on the phone number above because of the limit on numbers currently under Covid-19.
We run Shropshire Sanctuary every night as follows;
Monday to Thursday 1700hrs till 0900hrs
Friday 1700hrs till 1100hrs
Saturday 1500hrs till 1100hrs
Sunday 1500hrs till 0900hrs.
If you are in crisis or in need of support, you can telephone the Access team on 0300 124 0365, they will refer you in.
It is normally a suicide prevention service with two trained staff on all night, but given the current climate, we have lowered this to those with emotional or mental health needs.
If anyone has needs, or just wants a chat, please give us a call, if we are not the right people, we will find the right people for you.
Our Sanctuary service is commissioned to cover both Telford and Shropshire as is our crisis cafe.
We will take and triage a call from all locations and work with the person to find the best possible outcomes for them
Link to Shropshire Council Information: