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Coronavirus (COVID‑19)

 

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National lockdown: stay at home

Coronavirus (COVID‑19) is spreading fast.

Do not leave your home unless necessary.

1 in 3 people who have the virus have no symptoms, so you could be spreading it without knowing it.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home 

Easy Sussex County Council Update 

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WDC Hub Update 08/02/21

We continue to receive customers calling in relation to the Community Hub which has recently reduced after an initial increase. The majority of enquiries to the hub continue to be about assisting customers to access priority food delivery slots.  This week we have also delivered food boxes to a few very appreciative residents.

 

Please visit our website for much more information about the support and guidance we can provide https://www.wealden.gov.uk/press-and-media/coronavirus-covid-19-latest/community-support/ Town and Parish Councils remain a key part of the infrastructure in ensuring we can respond to demand from some of the most vulnerable members of society.  More information about current infection rates can be found here https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/

 

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Programme – mass vaccination centres have now opened in Eastbourne and the Brighton Centre in addition to the local GP-led vaccination services that now cover all patients in Sussex, and select pharmacy-led services that are also available through the national booking system.

Residents who are eligible for a vaccination, and who live within a 60-mile radius of one of the vaccination centres, are being written to directly by the NHS and invited to book an appointment.

While GPs invite their patients to get vaccinated at their local vaccination service, appointments at the vaccination centres are made through the national booking service. The national booking service writes to eligible people living within 60 miles of a vaccination centre, inviting them to book an appointment at the centre online or over the phone.

Anyone receiving a letter from the national booking service can choose whether to book an appointment at the vaccination centre, or wait until they are contacted by their GP for an appointment at their local vaccination service if they prefer. There is also now a roving service where the vaccine is being taken into care homes and into people’s own homes if they cannot attend a vaccination site. This is being stepped up over the coming weeks as more supplies of the vaccines become available.

  • Ethnic minority communities -  Please find attached the latest briefing on the Covid vaccine, specifically appealing to ethnic minority communities. The three messages you can support us in promoting are:

1.           The NHS will contact you when it’s your turn. Services are very busy providing care and rolling out the vaccine, so please wait to be contacted.

2.           Please act on your invite when it comes.

3.           The vaccine is one of our best defences against COVID-19 but for now it is still essential that we do all we can to stop the spread of the virus. Adhering to the current restrictions and remembering hands, face and space will save lives and help the NHS.

 

I hope this information is of assistance and please note that these emails are an interpretation of government guidelines which can be accessed via https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

Urgent: new Covid restrictions announced for East Sussex

Urgent: new Covid restrictions announced for East Sussex (govdelivery.com)

#KeepingChristmasKind partner pack

 

With uncertainty about family gatherings at Christmas after the current lockdown ends we could see a huge last minute shopping spree and tensions spilling over on the high street. There is a concern that retail workers could bear the brunt of shoppers’ frustrations.

#KeepingChristmasKind - full film - YouTube (outlook.com)

Covid Winter Grant Scheme offers help to vulnerable families

 

More information about the scheme can be found on the coronavirus community support pages on the council’s website at  https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/community/emergencyplanningandcommunitysafety/coronavirus/coronavirus-community-support/

For more information on Free School Meals and how to apply, please visit https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/educationandlearning/schools/school-life/meals/free/

What might new Covid rules mean for you? Parts of East Sussex move to highest alert:

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I'm worried - and you should be too.East Sussex County Council

"I'm worried - and you should be too." (govdelivery.com)

New Covid rules and what they'll mean for us in East Sussex

New Covid rules and what they'll mean for us in East Sussex (govdelivery.com)

How to fight loneliness during COVID-19

How to fight loneliness during COVID-19 (govdelivery.com)

WDC Community Hub update - 21/12/20

 

More information about current infection rates can be found here https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/

 

The NHS will let residents know when it’s their turn to have the vaccine. People should not contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.

  • Advice from Public Health in East Sussex on Christmas Bubbles – The rules on Christmas bubbles and advice for residents on how to take extra care if they do decide to form a Christmas bubble is available on the Your East Sussex website here; https://your.eastsussex.gov.uk/2020/12/04/vip-access-only-for-your-christmas-bubble/
  • WDC Hub support over Christmas - Our hub will close at 4.30pm on Wednesday 23rd December and reopen at 8.30am on Monday 4th January.  Our website has lots of information to help and there will be out of hours emergency cover in place so residents can still get in contact using the usual contact details if necessary.
  • Supermarket deliveries and priority slots - Demand for food deliveries in the run up to Christmas may make it harder for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) people and other vulnerable people to continue to access delivery slots in the same way. The seven supermarkets taking part in the priority scheme have already warned that there are very limited slots available before and during the Christmas week.

The advice for CEV people in tier 2 areas is to reduce the number of shopping trips they make and to consider going at quieter times of the day. If people are struggling to access delivery slots, they could try to book a click and collect service that could be picked up for them or ask family, friends or volunteers to go shopping on their behalf. If people don’t have anyone who can help there is support available to access food from the community hub.

 

 

Please do continue to spread awareness that the Wealden Community Hub is able to obtain priority delivery slots and give advice on access to food if residents are struggling. I hope this information is of assistance and please note that these emails are an interpretation of government guidelines which can be accessed via https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

WDC Community hub update 20/11/20

 More information about current infection rates can be found here  https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/

 

 Mobile testing units are to return to Uckfield Railway station car park on the 28th, 29th and 30th November. Booking is advised through the national testing portal https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

The NHS Volunteer Responders scheme remains open to registration for volunteers. Further details can be found here; https://nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk/i-want-to-volunteer

 

Please do continue to spread awareness that the Wealden Community Hub is able to obtain priority delivery slots and give advice on access to food if residents are struggling. I hope this information is of assistance and please note that these emails are an interpretation of government guidelines which can be accessed via https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 
 

WDC Community Hub Update 

  • New national restrictions - The new national Covid restrictions started on 5th November and run until 2 December. At that point, the Government will look to return to a regional approach. In this period, people must:

1)    Stay at home, except for specific purposes.

2)    Avoid meeting people they do not live with, except for specific purposes.

3)    Close certain businesses and venues.

An issues and guidance document has been updated to reflect the changes, so please do have a read through of that too when you have time 

Read the guidance on GOV.UK

 

CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION UPDATE

Covid-19 for health information and advice please visit the following links:

  

https://www.nhs.uk

 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

 

For the latest government advice on Covid 19 www.gov.uk/coronavirus

A new Covid moment: what's changing in East Sussex

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Safe in East Sussex Autumn Newsletter 2020

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Let's not get complacent about Covid in East Sussex

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKESCC/bulletins/2a5efec

 

Help prevent the spread of Covid ? plus more news -

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKESCC/bulletins/29bbd0f

 

Keeping safe from coronavirus – a job for East Sussex together

By Darrell Gale, Director of Public Health for East Sussex

It’s my job to try and ensure as few of us as possible in East Sussex get infected with Covid-19 – but I need your help.

The good news is that, at the moment, East Sussex has low rates of the virus compared to some other parts of England.

But of course the virus is still there in our communities.

If there were a local outbreak, I or other public health leaders might ask you to avoid certain places or even to stay at home, as the situation is controlled.

We'd let you know about this very swiftly, for example on local television, radio and online. You can also sign up now for email updates which we’d send if anything new happens. (You’ll find a link on the homepage of the East Sussex County Council website).

Of course, I hope this will never be necessary and we can all work together to avoid outbreaks.

Above all, please:

  • Keep 2 metres apart from other people wherever you can
     
  • regularly wash your hands
     
  • wear a facemask in shops and other enclosed public places
     
  • if you feel at all unwell (a new persistent cough, a change in smell or taste, or a raised temperature) immediately book a test and stay at home for at least 10 days. Book a test online at nhs.uk or call 119 if you have trouble using the internet.
     
  • If you are asked to self-isolate by the NHS test and trace team, please do.

On the county council website you’ll also find latest details about the number of cases where you live, our plan for how we’d handle any outbreak in the county and lots of practical help and support.

Our communities have already done amazing work to support each other through these tough times. We can keep the virus at bay in East Sussex if we continue working together.

 

Community Hub Update 

We continue to receive customers calling in relation to the Community Hub but numbers remain low. Town and Parish Councils remain a key part of the infrastructure in ensuring we can respond to demand from some of the most vulnerable members of society and to a second spike in cases should it come.  More information about current infection rates can be found here  https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/

 

  • From Monday 14th September there are new government rules on social gatherings in England, with gatherings of more than 6 people banned.  For full details of the guidance, please visit  https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus .  This will likely have an impact on our communities, and may be difficult for larger families after a particularly difficult six months.  Please do continue to direct residents to the Hub where they require support, and have no family and friends that can provide this. 

 

  • The new legal requirement for recording test and trace customers and visitors applies to a very wide range of businesses and premises and takes effect from 18th September. As well as all in hospitality it applies to hairdressers, barbers, museums, libraries, civic buildings, town halls etc. Names and contact details must be obtained, recorded and kept for 21 days.

 

  • ESCC have provided an Unemployment update as follows;  There are now 20,000 unemployed claimants of Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) and Universal Credit (UC) (searching for work) in July 2020 in East Sussex.  There have been an additional 820 claimants in the past month (although 680 fewer than the peak in May 2020). Since March 2020, the number of JSA/UC claimants has risen by 10,865 with the claimant rate rising from 2.9% to 6.3% (England 6.5% July 2020).

 

  • We are maintaining our relationships with our partners, to enable us to step up, as required, depending on any consequence of the rise in cases.  Please be assured that we are all still working together despite the very low contact at present into the Hub.  Discussions are still on-going with Partners as to what the Hubs will look like going forward, but at this present time, we are very much focussed on any necessary preparations, in case this is a difficult winter.

 

  • Surrey and Sussex Associations of Local Councils are carrying out a survey of local Town and Parish Councils on the future of the Hubs.  Please do respond, as your views are an important piece of the picture.

 

 

Please do continue to spread awareness that the Community Hub are able to obtain priority delivery slots and give advice on access to food if residents are struggling. I hope this information is of assistance and please note that these emails are an interpretation of government guidelines which can be accessed via https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Healthwatch East Sussex Annual Event:

On Thursday 22nd October 2020, we will be holding our first virtual annual event and everybody is invited to join us.

What you told us - the impact of coronavirus in East Sussex

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ESCC - Please tell us how you're coping with coronavirus
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Help and support with coronavirus

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For all help and support on managing through coronavirus visit our dedicated webpages.

They include details of community hubs for people unable to cope through illness or isolation, advice for businesses who need support, and information on how to get help if you're at risk of abuse. 

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Takeaways in Wealden are expected to be very busy this bank holiday weekend. For your safety please pre-order your food, pay on line or tap, collect your food at your allotted time, and keep your distance!

 

Enjoy your food at home. These actions will keep you and others safe. Follow these guides to help your takeaway meet demand.

 

Details of businesses offering takeaway and deliveries of food are available at

https://www.rother.gov.uk/environmental-health/food-hygiene/food-hygiene-for-residents/food-businesses-operating-during-coronavirus-restrictions/

See our interactive map at https://www.wealden.gov.uk/news-and-events/coronavirus-covid-19-latest/food-businesses-providing-delivery-and-collection/

If you have any concerns about social distancing in businesses email foodhs@rother.gov.uk

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Waste sites will re-open from 18 May

Household waste and recycling information

Household waste and recycling sites (tips) in East Sussex will begin to re-open to the public from 10am on Monday 18 May.

We expect the sites to be extremely busy and we ask that you only come to them if you have waste that it's absolutely essential to dispose of at this time. If you're able to compost waste, or safely store it at home for the time being, please do. 

We are following new Government guidance on how to keep the public and staff safe at waste sites, including keeping people two metres apart.This means:

  • A limited number of unloading bays will be in use
  • Only one person at a time will be allowed to use the access ramps
  • Staff will not be able to help you unload
  • Trailers and over-sized vehicles will not be allowed on site to avoid lengthy visits
  • Chargeable waste - plasterboard, asbestos, tyres, hardcore and soil - will not be accepted
  • The re-use shops will remain closed  

We believe these arrangements are the best way to re-open sites safely for you. We recognise they are likely to mean longer waiting times and we thank you in advance for your patience if it's essential for you to visit a site once they re-open on 18 May.

We will constantly monitor how the sites are working and keep you updated on any changes, including through our website. 

Latest information on rubbish and recycling

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Community hubs – help and direction for residents

 

Urgent health problems and clinical advice about coronavirus

If you need medical help for any reason, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the 111 coronavirus service.

If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:

  • for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
  • for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you're unable to get help online. NHS 111 British Sign Language (BSL) Service is also available - click here for more information.
  • for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance

 

Alzheimer’s Society support line
If you or anyone you know needs advice or support, please call The Alzheimer’s Society on 0333 150 3456. More information, advice and resources on supporting people living with dementia are on their dedicated web page.

Mental health support

 

Find mental health support in East Sussex through the online Mental Health Directory of Community Support. Visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/socialcare/healthadvice/mental-health/directory/services/

 

News from East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

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GRANT FUNDING  

Please visit the Wealden District Council website for local businesses and an online application form for Grant Funding. For further information on funding, as well as other local issues, you can contact the Council on 01323 443322.

Supporting Wealden Communities

 

Please find attached information about some of the activities Wealden has been involved in this week during the Covid-19 pandemic.

It can be seen here:

https://www.wealden.gov.uk/news/supporting-the-communities-in-wealden/

SUPPORT FOR VULNERABLE PEOPLE

Wealden District Council has set up a Covid-19 Community Hub for vulnerable people who need support to allow them to stay at home. If you are, or know someone who needs food, medical supplies or other support please register using our online form or call 01323 443322 and we will put you in contact with groups in the community and voluntary sector who can help.

Wealden District Council Update

Wealden District Council will continue to deliver essential waste collection services to our customers. In order to maintain these essential services, we have temporarily suspended taking new bookings for bulky waste collections.

Please help by avoiding unnecessary waste until, the bulky waste collection service is available again, or when the Household Waste Recycling Sites can reopen. Don't be tempted to fly tip. Fly tipping is an offence and offenders will be prosecuted.

Wealden Citizens Advice helpline

Please use 0300 330 9022

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