Community (COVID) Champions updates

Please keep hands, face, space even after the vaccine

More information in your borough:

Mole Valley

Epsom and Ewell

Elmbridge

Surrey County Council COVID updates and resources including translations into different languages

Surrey’s data Dashboard is published each Friday

National updates

National data on testing, cases, vaccine, deaths is updated daily, now also available in easy-read version

In the UK, up to 7th June, 35,796 people tested positive in the last 7 days, an increase of 52.9%, with 59 deaths within 28 days of a positive test between 1st and 7th June, an increase of 1 (1.7%) from previous 7 days

1st vaccine doses – 40,460,576 (76.8% of population)

2nd vaccine doses – 27,921,294 (53.05% of population)

R number 0-1.2, daily infection growth rate range of

0% to +3% (4 June, for England only)


This Week’s Key Message

There has recently been a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in ages 10 to 19 years, within the Reigate and Banstead and Epsom and Ewell boroughs. Many of these cases are COVID-19 Variants of Concern: Delta and Gamma (previously known as the variants originating from India and Brazil respectively).

The Director of Public Health advises with effect from Monday 7 June 2021, the temporary re-introduction of face coverings in communal areas for all secondary-age and college students and in classrooms for all staff and secondary-age and college students in the following areas:

All adults and secondary and college-age students are encouraged to take a symptom-free LFD test twice a week. You will not need to isolate while waiting for the results of the symptom-free LFD test. Adults can collect a home testing kit from a designated site or order online. Find out more about symptom-free testing here.

Please remember if your child or a household member develops COVID-19 symptoms, do not use symptom-free LFD testing. Instead, book a PCR test or call 119.

The best thing everyone can do to avoid catching or spreading all VOCs is get tested, get vaccinated (especially parents/carers of 10-19-year-olds) and remember Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air, especially if socialising indoors.


People who will turn 25 before 1 July 2021 can now have a COVID-19 vaccination – book via the NHS

Surrey Heartlands CCG FAQs, updates + vaccination helpline (not booking service):

0300 561 2500 9am-4pm, Mon-Fri / syheartlandsccg.vaccination@nhs.net

Frimley ICS FAQs, updates and social media at:

Twitter: @FrimleyHC  or Facebook: @FrimleyHealthandCare

 


Travel

* With the bank holiday on 31 May, remember COVID-19 restrictions still apply – here are the rules including for travel

* Travel within England is allowed – the Rule of 6 (two households) applies to private cars; do follow safe travel advice

* No restrictions on travel between England, Scotland and Wales

* In Northern Ireland it is against the law to leave home without a reasonable excuse – people arriving must self-isolate for 10 days

* There are no restrictions on leaving England for international travel, however, you should not travel to countries or territories on the red or amber lists unless essential – holidays in Spain are not essential!

If you travel abroad, check your destination’s rules and the FCDO travel advice

Sign up for an email alert to know when the countries list change

To enter or return to England if you have been in a country on the:

You cannot currently enter the UK if you’ve been in or through a red list country unless you’re British, Irish or have a legal right to live in the UK – you must follow the rules even if you have been vaccinated

Day 2/ 8 COVID-19 tests vary in cost from £69-390 per person – checklist for providers before booking

Quarantine hotels cost £1,750 per adult, £650 for children aged 12+ and £325 for children aged 5-12 years. Children 0-5 years stay free. This includes the cost of transport and testing

To get your vaccination status for travel abroad, download the NHS App (not the COVID-19 App)


 

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Testing

If you don’t have symptoms order a lateral flow test online or use NHS postcode checker to find a nearby pharmacy where you can get one

You may also be able to get a test via work or study – watch this short video on how to do a rapid lateral flow test at home

If you do have symptoms, get a free PCR test – book online or call 119

Surrey County Council’s website is updated regularly with any changes to test sites and eligibility.

Find out where to get rapid flow tests here 


Carers Week 7-13 June

Make Caring Visible and Valued.

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

There are an estimated 115,000 people who live and care in Surrey. For more information on where to get help and support see the Surrey County Council website

ACTION FOR CARERS is a registered charity that supports carers across Surrey, offering information, support and advice. They have many activities planned for June. Click on the link to see what is happening near you.

If you are a carer and have any concerns, questions or worries, please get in touch. Call us on 0303 040 1234, email CarerSupport@actionforcarers.org.uk or text on 07714 075993. We’re still here to support you, including our wide range of support groups.

Carers Week Resources

Fighting misinformation – Check before you share! 

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is leading a campaign to help tackle the spread of false information about the COVID-19 vaccine.

DCMS has developed a toolkit of content you can share on social media to tackle false information spread through private channels. This follows concerns from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) of low vaccine uptake in some communities.

The materials have been updated to include videos on Ramadan and address people’s concerns about fertility.

 


 

Child Safety Week is run by Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented.

Child Safety Week sees the launch of a brand-new social media campaign.
Engaging, interactive and highly illustrated, the posts and animations will help empower parents to make sense of safety and keep children safe from serious harm.


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

For families with children aged 0-19

Call the Surrey wide advice line on 01883 340922 available 8 am-5 pm, Mon-Fri (excl. bank holidays) and provides support on all aspects of child health, development and parenting.

* Free online guides are also available to help you understand your child

 

 


Sign up to become Surrey Community (COVID) Champions

CSVA is looking for residents and organisations to join a growing network of Surrey Community (COVID) Champions to help spread clear and consistent messages relating to Covid-19 and providing us with the essential feedback and insight we need to make these messages clearer to all our communities. If you are interested in being a part of the network, please email samantha.aungthin@csva.co.uk, indicating in which areas (Elmbridge, Epsom & Ewell or Mole Valley) you would like to be Surrey Community (COVID) Champion and how you can help CSVA distribute the message to the communities.

 

Sign up to become COVID Champions

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

Surrey COVID community Champions