Mole Valley COVID19 Updates

Case rate per 100,000 people for 7 days to Feb: Mole Valley 112.3 (last week: 107.7)

 

Through cases are falling, hospital beds are still under pressure. Please keep HAND, FACE, SPACE…. It can take weeks to build immunity after the vaccine.

Click here to download the Surrey COVID Cases Dashboard is updated daily

Coronavirus update pages:

Mole Valley Borough Council

Surrey County Council

National Updates 


Roadmap out of lockdown

The government has announced a 4-step plan to end the lockdown in England

From 8 March

* Pupils can return to face-to-face education as schools and colleges reopen

* Childcare and the after-school club can reopen to enable parents to work or attend education or medical care

* Indoor visits to care homes are allowed for one visitor

* Outdoor recreation is allowed on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble

 

From 12 April

Any further eases to the lockdown will depend on data, not dates – but this is the earliest date non-essential shops and services might open.

 


Equal Access to Vaccinations

Some helpful resources on engaging with South Asian people on COVID-19 are available via the South Asian Health Foundation

Information about COVID-19 Vaccine scams in South Asian languages

There is plenty of discussion about tackling health inequalities being made worse by the pandemic – see here for blog on vaccine uptake in Black communities

Surrey is working on several initiatives to reduce health inequalities relating to the pandemic and we will update you again in detail in a future briefing

 


Local Vaccine Information

 

Frimley 

Has met the national mid-Feb deadline of offering vaccination to people most at risk (Cohorts 1-4) with over 126,000 doses administered to date 

* People aged 65-69 (Cohort 5) will begin to receive invitations from the National Booking Service for large vaccination sites, such as Epsom Racecourse or can wait to be contacted by a GP for a more local site 

* Local GP surgeries have been visiting housebound patients and those in care homes for vaccinations 

* Regular vaccination updates on web and Twitter: @FrimleyHC  or Facebook: @FrimleyHealthandCare 

and helpful FAQs online  

 Surrey Heartlands 

* People aged 65-69 (Cohort 5) will begin to receive invitations from the National Booking Service for large vaccination sites, such as Epsom Racecourse or can wait to be contacted by a GP for an appointment at a more local site 

* Surrey Heartlands vaccination helpline for the public: 0300 561 2500 (9 am-4 pm, Mon-Fri) or syheartlandsccg.vaccination@nhs.net Check FAQs first. NOT a vaccine booking service 

 National 

* You can book a vaccine online or by calling 119 if you are: 

Aged 65+ 

Extremely clinically vulnerable (shielding) 

– A frontline health or care worker 

* Care homes that have not received vaccines can email: covidvaccineasc@dhsc.gov.uk 

Book a COVID vaccine online or call 119 if you are any of the following: aged 65 or over, extremely clinically vulnerable, a frontline health or care worker. 


Surge Testing

Egham & Thorpe completed last week with 95% of tests returned – thanks to volunteers, residents and staff 

* New surge testing will take place in a different part of Woking (Maybury and surrounding areas) from  

Thur 18 Feb – postcode checker and information here  

* The aim is still to understand any community spread of the South African variant (VOC-202012/02)  

 

Symptom-free Testing  

Online booking for rapid tests is now available for people who don’t have symptoms in Woking, Epsom and Ewell, and Spelthorne and participating pharmacies across Surrey. 

This targeted local community testing is for people who don’t have symptoms, live or work in Surrey, can’t work from home and haven’t already been offered a test through work.  

Businesses with 50+ employees who cannot work from home can order free rapid tests.  

Symptomatic Testing and Self-isolation 

People with symptoms should call 119 or book a PCR test via the national programme. 

If you get a positive COVID-19 PCR test result, you should not test again within 90 days unless you develop any new symptoms. If you test sooner, you may get another positive result and need to self-isolate again, even without symptoms. See the updated guidance.  

If you have a positive rapid (lateral flow/ antigen) test within 90 days of a positive PCR test result, for example through work, you will also need to self-isolate again. 

If you are directed to self-isolate and can’t work from home, you may qualify for support payment. Other help is also available for those asked to self-isolate or shield, e.g. shopping. 

Live or work in Surrey and cannot work from home? If you have had no COVID-19 symptoms and cannot get a test through work, book a rapid test online in Woking, Spelthorne or Epsom & Ewell, or participating pharmacies across Surrey. Please visit COVID Testing for more information and how to book.  


Supporting the Community

Mental Health

(24 hours a day, 7 days a week) or text 07717 989 024, people with hearing impairments can dial 18001 0800 915 4644 from their textphone or smartphone app. Website:

Families

As we adjust to the latest national COVID-19 lockdown, it is important that you know how to access the right advice, guidance and support for your family. Surrey County Council and NHS have published a brief guide highlighting a range of resources to help maintain your child’s wellbeing and to address any emotional needs, as well as guidance to help you spot early signs.

Click here to download a copy of  Health, Wellbeing and Emotional Wellbeing Support for Children in Surrey Guide for Parents and Carers, January 2021


 

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Community COVID Champions are playing integral part in the fight against misinformation. Join our growing network in Elmbridge, Epsom & Ewell and Mole Valley.

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