Cases per 100,000 people for 7 days: Epsom and Ewell 

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

https://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/council/coronavirus-covid-19-information

* 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 Data on testing, cases, vaccine, deaths is updated daily, now also available in an easy-read version.

* In the UK, 4,409,631 people have tested positive, with 127,451 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.

* 33,843,580 1st vaccine doses, 13,201,811 2nd vaccine doses.

* R 0.8-1.0, daily infection growth rate range of -5% to -1% (23 April, for England only).


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-metre 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.


Help Keep Your Community Safe

Keep 3 steps away (2m) from people you don’t live with

Wear a mask – if it is made of cloth, wash it regularly

Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds

If indoors keep a window open whenever possible

Check-in at venues with the NHS COVID-19 app


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

Govt report on reducing COVID-19 health inequalities

* Check Before You Share Toolkit for tackling social media disinformation – Department of Culture Media & Sport resources featuring BAME health workers and faith groups

* Public Health England video in British Sign Language on vaccination for older adults

* BBC videos in South Asian languages on lockdown mental health and debunking vaccine conspiracy theories(Punjabi, Bengali/ Sylheti, Urdu, Gujarati, Tamil)

* TV legend and former president of Surrey County Cricket Club, Trevor McDonald, visited Woking to film a video promoting vaccine uptake in BAME communities together with Good Morning Britain’s Adil Ray.

Give blood – do something amazing!

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

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. 

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/

 

 


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


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.

You will receive your result by text/ 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, you can order test online from the national programme to be posted to your home.

 

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

Mental Health

Just talking can help… The pandemic is affecting us all. If you are struggling to cope with anxiety and depression, NHS talking therapies can help. They’re effective and confidential. Your GP can refer you or you can refer yourself online visit: http://nhs.uk/talk

Free Mental Health Resources. Checking in on your family, friends and colleagues has never been more important. For helpful tips and to read personal stories, please visit https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/coronavirus

Time To Talk Day – Thursday 4 February. This event is all about speaking openly on mental health, busting myths and bringing down barriers. The motto is “The Power of Small”. Sign up now to get the conversation started and receive free postcards and posters
https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/time-talk-day

Locked down doesn’t mean locked out. During the lockdown, there is widely available help and support available for residents in Surrey. Whether you’re shielding and cannot always rely on family and friends, suffering from mental health or stress, or feeling frightened in your home…For help, visit https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/surrey-matters/community/national-lockdown-stay-at-home 


Domestic abuse?

Ask for ANI. Home is not always a safe place. A new scheme provides a simple and discreet way for people experiencing domestic abuse to signal that they need immediate help, using a code word in their local pharmacy. Read this document for information or find out more on UK/domestic-abuse


Advice for people with Pets. If you’re self-isolating you should make alternative arrangements to take care of your animal’s welfare. You should ask for support from others who are not self-isolating or use professional services. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-people-with-animals


Families

Health, Wellbeing and Emotional Wellbeing Support for Children in Surrey- Guide for Parents and Carers

This brief guide highlights 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 read the guide.


Useful information


 

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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