Cases per 100,000 people for 7 days Elmbridge: 23 cases 

Please keep hands, face, space even after the vaccine.

https://www.elmbridge.gov.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19-updates

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

* Surrey’s data Dashboard is published each Fri – available as a summary or  full version

National Update


Local Elections

 

Elections take place on 6 May. Do not vote in person if you have symptoms of COVID-19: high temperature, a new or continuous cough, or change or loss of taste and smell. If in doubt, have a PCR Test.

You can get an emergency proxy vote at short notice if you need to self-isolate before or even up to 5 pm on election day.

At the polling station: wear a mask, use the hand sanitiser provided on arrival and as you leave, keep your two-meter distance, and take your own pencil. Show your polling card to the polling clerk – you must not pass your card to them. Full guidance is available here

 


National Vaccination Programme

* People who will turn 42 before 1 July 2021 can now have a Covid vaccination – book via NHS website

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

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

 

 


Reducing Health Inequalities

Black donors needed

The increased demand for some rare subtypes more common in people of black heritage means the NHS needs more black people to become blood donors.

Demand for these subtypes is growing as more people have regular transfusions to treat blood disorders such as sickle cell anaemia.

People from all communities can give blood to make sure there’s the right blood available for everyone.

Most people can give blood if they’re fit and healthy – check if you can donate

Give blood – do something amazing!

Giving blood is safe and easy. Extra safety measures in place include:

  • Self-assessment leaflet before you attend to check for coronavirus risk factors
  • Bigger spaces between chairs
  • Extra cleaning
  • Increased hand washing
  • Sanitiser for donors to use
  • Temperature checks before donating

 

With Ramadan continuing until 12/13 May, remember:

* Receiving the vaccine does not break the fast

* Rule of 6 applies to outdoor iftars – you must only gather indoors with your household/ support bubble

To learn more about virtual iftars, visit http://www.ramadantentproject.com/

For the full #SafeRamadan 2021 guidance: https://mcb.org.uk/resources/ramadan/

 


Testing- Every test helps stop the spread

Everyone in England with no symptoms can take a free rapid lateral flow COVID-19 test twice a week. 

People aged 16+ can get a free LFD test at a Surrey community testing site or participating pharmacy.

You can either:

  • Book Online
  • Call 020 8865 1952 (Mon-Fri 08.30, Sat-Sun 09:00-17:00, local charges apply)
  • Collect a test kit for home use

You will receive your result by text or email from NHS Test & Trace, usually within 30 minutes.

Some people may be able to access a test via their place of work or study.

  • Alternatively, order test online from the national programme for home delivery
  • For a guide on how to do a rapid lateral flow test at home, a short video is available
  • Surrey County Council’s website is updated regularly with any changes to test sites or eligibility

What to do if you have a positive LFD result

If the PCR test is negative, you and your household/ support bubble can stop self-isolating

Please check for the latest information on opening hours and eligibility before travelling to a test site – Surrey County Council’s testing website is updated regularly.


Supporting the community

Get Help to Buy Food & Milk (Healthy Start)

Only 50% of eligible people claim their voucher

The payment rate increased on 1 April 2021

If you are pregnant or have children under 4 you may be entitled to free vouchers or monthly payments to spend on:

You may also be entitled to collect vitamins – ask your Health Visitor for more details.

You will receive:

Eligibility depends on what benefits you or your partner are receiving.

Visit the Healthy Start website to find out more and how to apply

Mental Health for all ages 

(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:

For information on child and adolescent mental health and services for parents and professionals Call


Business support

Elmbridge Borough Council has various support for the business community, please click here to find out more.

The Digital High Street Fund – helping independent high street retailers establish or upgrade e-commerce websites; click here to find out more.


Community Support 

The ‘Here to Help’  advice and signposting to support our residents who are financially impacted at this time. Click here for more information.

Community Champions: Find out more about Community Champions. Click here to find out more.

Wellbeing information: is being distributed to residents via social media, the resident’s e-newsletter and our website. Click here to find out more.


Community helpline: 0300 200 1008 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)

SMS: 0786 0053 465 for deaf and hearing-impaired residents only (Monday to Friday 9 am-5 pm)

Please click here for Information for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable.
Tel: 01372 474 900 or email: shield@elmbridge.gov.uk  (Mon-Fri 9am-3pm)

Email news: Read the latest bulletin and sign up to receive regular updates.


 

Sign up to become COVID Champions

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

Surrey COVID community Champions

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