Note from Sara
I want to thank everyone in Hyndburn & Haslingden for coming together. We have had an amazing response with volunteers coming forward as we work with Hyndburn Council to support the elderly and vulnerable in our community. We've showed that this virus will not steal our spirit and collective resolve. I want to say a huge thank you, to all key workers that have selflessly continued to work throughout lockdown. Putting themselves in harms way to protect us and allow our nation to carry on running.
This is an unprecedented time for our country in the midst of Covid-19 outbreak and I'd ask that everyone follow government's advice.
Thank you again for all your support and for keeping Hyndburn & Haslingden safe.
For the latest medical advice, visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
To book your COVID-19 vaccination, please follow this link to the NHS website-https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
Alternatively, find your nearest walk-in coronavirus vaccination site here- https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site/
Getting tested and self-isolate
If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test, even if your symptoms are mild. You should self-isolate at home while you book the test and wait for the results. You must self-isolate if you test positive. Your isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you do not have symptoms), and the next 10 full days. This is the law.
You must also self-isolate if you are told to do so by NHS Test and Trace, for example if you have come into contact with someone who has tested positive. This remains the law, regardless of your vaccination status.
From 16 August, if you have been fully vaccinated you will be exempt from the requirement to self-isolate if you are a contact of a positive case. You will instead be advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible.
You will also be exempt from self-isolation from 16 August if you are under 18 and a contact of a positive case. As with adults, you will be advised whether a PCR test needs to be taken. If you are 18 years old you will be treated in the same way as under 18 year olds until 4 months after your 18th birthday, to allow you the opportunity to get fully vaccinated.
If you test positive you will still need to self-isolate regardless of your vaccination status or age. When self-isolating, follow the stay-at-home guidance. This will help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to other members of your household and community. You must stay at home at all times and not have contact with other people. There are only very limited circumstances when you do not have to do this, such as seeking medical assistance. If you do leave your home during your period of self-isolation for a permitted reason, you should maintain social distancing and keep 2 metres apart from other people.
You may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment scheme if you are required to stay at home and self-isolate, or you are the parent or guardian of a child who has been told to self-isolate. You should visit your local authority website for details on Test & Trace Support Payments and practical support offered in your area.
You could be fined if you do not self-isolate following notification by NHS Test & Trace.
Step 4 of the Roadmap
From the 19th of July 2021 England will move into Step 4 of the Roadmap. This means the majority of Covid restrictions have now ended, replaced with guidance emphasising personal judgement and responsibility.
The Prime Minister has set out a five point plan for living with Covid, as the restrictions are eased:
- Reinforce vaccine defences by reducing the dosing interval from 12 to 8 weeks for all adults.
- The majority of legal restrictions have been lifted and replaced with guidance to enable people to make their own informed decisions to manage the virus, emphasising caution and personal responsibility as cases continue to rise.
- The test, trace and isolate system will remain, with all positive cases legally required to self-isolate. Contacts of positive cases are required to self-isolate until the 16 August, after which adults who have received two vaccine doses and all under 18s will be exempt.
- Border controls will be maintained, including quarantine for all those travelling from a red list country, and for amber list countries unless double vaccinated.
- Data will be continually assessed and contingency measures retained if needed during higher risk periods, but restrictions will be avoided if possible.
For more details on step 4, click this link- https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do
COVID-19 spreads through the air by droplets and aerosols that are exhaled from the nose and mouth of an infected person. The Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
Countries from travel corridors exemption list
People returning to the UK from selected countries will need to self-isolate on their return to the UK. The travel guidance follows the confirmed cases and needs to be followed closely.
If you are currently in these countries, you should follow the local rules and return home as normal. For Coronavirus Travel Advice please follow this link- https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england
Protecting those who are clinically vulnerable
Shielding advice was paused on 1 April 2021. If you require additional care and support to help you stay safe and well, there is further advice below.
As restrictions have been eased following the move to Step 4 of the roadmap, we are advising clinically extremely vulnerable people, as a minimum, to follow the same guidance as everyone else. It is important that everyone adheres to this guidance.
However, as someone who is at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if you were to catch COVID-19, you may wish to think particularly carefully about additional precautions you might wish to continue to take. Individuals may choose to limit the close contact they have with those they do not usually meet with in order to reduce the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19, particularly if they are clinically extremely vulnerable and if COVID-19 disease levels in the general community are high. It is important to respect and be considerate of those who may wish to take a more cautious approach as restrictions are lifted.
For more guidance on protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19, please follow this link- https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19
Stay safe from Coronavirus scams
There have been concerning reports of NHS contact tracing scams by those trying to take advantage of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Contract tracers will NEVER:
❌ ask you to make payment.
❌ ask any details about your bank account.
❌ ask you for any passwords or PINs.
❌ ask you to download anything.
For the latest advice on Coronavirus please click this link- https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus