Coronavirus Issues and Updates

Two schools in Pinvin announce extended half term closure due to positive Covid-19 cases

Pinvin C of E First School and St Nicholas C of E Middle School also in Pinvin closed on Monday and will not re-open again until after the half term.

The number of 'burst bubbles' across Worcestershire’s schools has risen to 58. The County Council has now recommended that all parents and carers wear masks when on school property.

Bredon Hill Academy reports single positive Covid-19 case

The Bredon Hill Academy website reports that a single positive case of Covid-19 has been confirmed by Public Health England. A Year Bubble and a bus group have been closed. All parents and carers have been informed.

New Coronavirus Rules Come into Force on Wednesday 14th October

Wychavon has been designated as an area of "Medium" risk. As such, the following rules will apply from Wednesday 14th October 2020 (Information provided by BBC News website):

You can find full details of HM Government's advice on Coronavirus at:

 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/full-list-of-local-covid-alert-levels-by-area

Significant Increases in Covid-19 Cases Recorded Across Worcestershire

The Evesham Journal reports today (6th October 2020) that there have been significant rises in the weekly rate of COVID-19 across Worcestershire, with Worcester's rate almost doubling in a week.

 

The latest Public Health England (PHE) figures show Worcester had, during the week up to October 2, an infection rate of 66.2 cases per 100,000 people, up from 34.6 the week before.

 

It should be noted in the past areas have seen local restrictions when cases were around 70 and higher, with some reaching that level being placed on the government's watchlist. 

 

Bromsgrove has seen the biggest jump up to 84.1 from 37.

 

That led Worcestershire County Council to put out a statement on Monday afternoon, with the Director for Public Health in Worcestershire, Dr Kathryn Cobain, appealing for Bromsgrove residents to follow social distancing rules to help reduce the rapidly rising infection rate.

 

In the statement Dr Cobain said: "I am extremely concerned to see the infection rate taking off as it has in Bromsgrove. This is the clearest indication yet, that some people are not following the rules. The rate is significantly high enough, to potentially see the district added to the Government’s watch list which could result in further measures being introduced. We don’t want to see that happen."

 

The PHE figures are based on tests that have been carried out both in laboratories and in the wider community, and provide the data for each local authority area.

 

Elsewhere Wychavon's rate doubled and is now at 61, from 29.4 the week before and Malvern Hills has reached 50.8, up from 26.7.

 

Redditch saw no change staying at 44.6, while Wyre Forest saw a drop to 45.4 from 55.3.

 

Latest Priority Shopping Arrangements for Key Workers and Elderly and Vulnerable Shoppers

Latest arrangements as of 21st September 2020 from major supermarket chains courtesy of Which? magazine:

 

Aldi: NHS and emergency workers get priority in queues and also 30 minutes’ early access before tills open on Sundays. Elderly and vulnerable shoppers get priority access 30 minutes before store opens Monday – Saturday.

 

Asda: NHS workers get priority queuing on Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 8:00am – 9:00am and priority entry for browsing from 9:00am – 10:00am on Sundays. No information on arrangements for Elderly and vulnerable shoppers.

 

Co-op: NHS workers ‘Prioritised’ Monday - Saturday 8:00am – 9:00am; Sundays 10:00am – 11:00am. Elderly and vulnerable shoppers ‘Prioritised’ Monday - Saturday 8:00am – 9:00am; Sundays 10:00am – 11:00am.

 

Iceland: No longer offering priority hours.

 

Lidl: No priority hours.

 

Marks and Spencer: Key workers and elderly and vulnerable shoppers get priority during first hour of trading on Tuesdays and Fridays – but only if there’s a queue.

 

Morrisons: Key workers get priority Monday - Saturday 6:00am – 7:00am; Sundays 9:00am – 9:30am.

 

Sainsburys: Key workers get priority entry Monday - Saturday 7:30am – 8:am. Elderly and vulnerable shoppers get priority entry Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 8:00am – 9:00am.

 

Tesco: NHS and emergency services staff allowed to go to front of queue at all times. Elderly and vulnerable shoppers get priority on Wednesdays and Sundays (browsing only) 9:00am – 10:00am.

 

Waitrose: NHS and social care workers have priority access at all times other than the first hour of opening on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays (as this is reserved for elderly and vulnerable shoppers).

You can read more at: https://www.which.co.uk/news/2020/09/supermarkets-coronavirus-latest/ - Which?

New Coronavirus Testing Centres to open across Worcestershire

Worcestershire County Council has advised that four new Covid-19 test centres will be opened in the county to relieve pressure on the Worcester site and give more people a testing option closer to where they live. These will be sited at the University of Worcester, in Bromsgrove, in Kidderminster in Redditch. The aim is to provide easier access for community members who may not drive, or need more local access for example. Residents must book a test online or by calling 119, in order to use these new sites once they are up and running.

 

They are not drop-in centres. The test centres will take three to four weeks to set up. Testing is available to people who have a symptom of Covid-19 or have officially been told to get a test. If you do not have a symptom, please do not take a test from someone who needs it.

 

A Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) spokesman has also advised that there are three mobile testing units already operating in the Worcester area on a daily basis.

 

Meanwhile, the test centre in the car park at Sixways Stadium in Worcester, which had become the hub for testing county residents during the pandemic, closed on Tuesday night, with the new regional testing centre starting operations at County Hall on Wednesday.

 

According to a spokesman for Worcester Warriors, the Sixways site is being de-contaminated and returned to its previous use as the main car park for forthcoming events.

Latest Updates and Advice from Wychavon District Council

Cases of Coronavirus are rising across Wychavon, as well as other parts of Worcestershire.

Although we are still some way off the point where full local lockdown restrictions are needed, Worcestershire Public Health is monitoring the situation. An outbreak control plan is in place and action will be taken, if necessary, to protect residents.

It is really important we all keep playing our part to protect ourselves and each other.

Please make sure you are following social distancing guidelines at all times and remember:

Hands - wash them regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser

Face - wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet

Space - Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)

If you have symptoms you should self-isolate immediately and book a free test online or call 119.

You should also self-isolate if you are asked to do so by NHS Test and Trace.

Read the guidance on how to self-isolate with a possible coronavirus infection

Read the Coronavirus FAQs to find out what you currently can and cannot do

Care homes across Wychavon closed to visitors 

Care homes across Wychavon have been closed to all but essential visitors. 

This is a precaution to protect vulnerable residents following a rise in Covid-19 cases across Wychavon.

Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director for Public Health for Worcestershire said: "The decision to stop care home visits is not one we have taken lightly. I appreciate this will cause upset and frustration for some of our residents and I recognise this is very difficult for families.

"Looking at the rising numbers of cases in the district, we are concerned about the welfare of our most vulnerable and the wider community. I need to protect those at risk and prevent the further spread of Covid-19.

"We will review this on a daily basis and will lift these restrictions when we see numbers falling again. This is a sensible precautionary measure, it is better to act now than later."

Read the full announcement on the closure of care homes to visitors

Latest data for numbers of cases and deaths in our region

The number of confirmed cases in our region continues to rise more slowly than other parts of England. As of 15th October, the infection rate across the county was 96.7 cases per 100,000 people. In Wychavon this figure is lower at 81.9 per 100,000, but this is up from 59.5 a week earlier. The highest infection rates in the county are in Bromsgrove where the figure is 157.2 per 100,000 people.

 

As of October 20th, a total of 4,755 confirmed cases have been recorded in Worcestershire according to Public Health England figures. Of those cases, 774 have been recorded in Worcester, 479 in Malvern Hills, 858 in Wychavon, 1104 in Bromsgrove, 804 in Wyre Forest and 736 in Redditch.

 

The Evesham Journal has today, 21st October 2020, published updated information regarding deaths from Covid-19 in Worcestershire. The data shows a total of 542 deaths from Coronavirus across all settings. Within this total, 113 were Wychavon residents; 52 in hospital, 49 in a care home, five at home, four in a communal establishment, two in a hospice and one elsewhere.

Latest Scam Warnings

There have been cases reported recently of people receiving telephone calls, allegedly from Council employees advising that they are due a refund on their Council tax, and asking for personal information including bank account details to enable payment. This is another SCAM!! Please be on your guard and don't be taken in by these criminals.

 

People are being warned to be wary of scammers pretending to be from the NHS as coronavirus contact tracing launches in the UK.  It’s feared fraudsters will pretend to be from NHS contact tracing services to con people into handing over personal details. Contact tracing works by asking people who have tested positive for the virus to share the details of others who they have been in contact with who could have caught it from them. This is exactly the kind of information fraudsters want and need in order to trick people out of their money, making the service an ideal target. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said the public has sent it 600,000 scam emails since the start of the pandemic, all trying to use confusion and worry around the outbreak to their advantage.

 

The following file, courtesy of Which? Magazine, contains useful information explaining how the NHS Track and Trace works and gives advice on how to spot a scam call:

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Wychavon e-News Bulletins

The latest Wychavon e-News bulletins, available to download from the dedicated page in the "News" section of the website, contain advice for businesses suffering during the Coronavirus crisis

Update from Sport England re: Support for Sports Clubs

Sport England have issued a bulletin detailing a £195M support package to help sports clubs across the country through the Coronavirus crisis. You can download the bulletin here:

 

https://i.sportengland.org/linkapp/cmaview.aspx?LinkID=pageid100801798zz9~9fqjfrh~nqz9h~zntxh9~z~x~f~f~n

Message from Liz Eyre with advice on topping up pre-payment meters during self-isolation

County Councillor Liz Eyre has issued a notice advising customers with pre-payment meters what action to take in the event that they are unable to top up due to self-isolating. It also contains important information regarding customers with credit meters. You can download it here:

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Further Updates from County Councillor Liz Eyre

You can download County Councillor Liz Eyre's updates here:

24th July 2020 - Information on Library Opening

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18th July 2020 - Thinking about people struggling as a result of Covid-19 and what help is available

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4th May 2020 - Update on funding, services etc.

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21st April 2020 - Update on support for businesses and also community groups and charities

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9th April 2020 - Advice to keep children safe online

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8th April 2020 - Here 2 Help volunteers now exceed 1000 people in the County:

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8th April 2020 - Further support for business and the self employed:

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4th April 2020 - Job opportunities: 

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29th March 2020 - Worcestershire County Council, Here 2 Help:

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25th March 2020 - Advice for residents during the Coronavirus emergency:

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Important Information from Pershore Medical Practice

Pershore Medical Practice has published important information regarding the ordering and delivery of prescriptions. You can download the notice in full here:

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Currently Abbey Medical Practice in Evesham is processing prescriptions as usual, but asking for 72 hours notice of your needs. Once processed, prescription medication can be collected from the dispensary as normal.

 

Merstow Green Medical Practice are now offering home delivery to vulnerable patients for repeat prescriptions ordered 72 hours in advance of requirements. Prescriptions can also be collected from the surgery between 8:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Friday.

 

Riverside Surgery are asking for 5 clear working days to process new prescriptions, and offer a home delivery service. You will need to complete and return the "Delivery Consent" form if you want to take advantage of this service.

 

Following advice from the General Medical Council (GMC), the British Medical Association (BMA) and local pharmacists a maximum of 28 days supply of drugs will be prescribed at any one time.

Advice from Worcestershire County Council and Wychavon District Council on Coping During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Worcestershire County Council and Wychavon District Council have produced a leaflet which includes advice on a variety of issues including help for vulnerable people during these difficult times, plus also some suggestions as to how to stay sane during the extended lockdown period including a list of useful websites. You can download the complete document here:

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There is also a guide to working from home during the lockdown period which you can also download:

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Coronavirus Scams Alert

We are very fortunate in Charlton by having a genuine support group helping elderly and vulnerable people during these very taxing times. Details of how to contact the Charlton Covid-19 Support Group are shown in the article below.

 

However, a number of scams are currently doing the rounds, aimed at preying on people who are vulnerable at this time. Details of some that we have seen are shown below. Unfortunately I can't show you pictures of the actual messages as the links still work, even when photographed!!

Penalty Payments: Some people are receiving very authentic looking texts purporting to come from the Government demanding payment of a fine for leaving home too many times. The actual text reads:

 

"We would like to inform you that you have been recorded as leaving your home on 3 occasions yesterday. A fine of £35 has been added to your gov.uk account. For further information please visit gov.uk/coronavirus-penalty-payment-tracking Protect the NHS. Save lives"


This is a SCAM! Despite the "gov.uk" heading. If you receive a text like this, you should ignore the demand for payment and delete it from your phone

Government Payment: This message states:

 

"URGENT: UK GOV has issued a payment of 458GBP to all residents as part of its promise to battle COVID 19. Tap https://uk-covid-19.webdirect.org to apply"

 

This also a SCAM! despite the authentic looking GOV.UK heading. You will not receive any money by clicking on the link - you are more likely to lose money or download malware to your computer. You should delete this from your computer or phone

Tax Rebates: This message carries an authentic looking "GOV.UK" logo complete with a crown symbol and reads:

 

"Enter Your Postcode To Apply for COVID-19 Relieve"

 

and has a box to enter your postcode and click a green button named "Find"

 

Again a SCAM! Delete from your computer or phone

Council Tax Refund: This text reads as follows:

 

"Claim your council tax refund today due to the corona virus pandemic.Amount calculated to you 364.41 GBP visit rebatetaxes.com"

 

Also a SCAM! Again you are likely to lose money or download malware to your phone if you click on the link

Asda Shopping Voucher:  Message offers a £500 shopping voucher in return for providing your bank details.

 

This is a SCAM! Never divulge your bank details to anyone you don't know.

Unfortunately the list goes on and on. If you receive any suspicious texts or emails, or if anyone that you don't know offers to buy your shopping for you, change "contaminated" money for you, do odd jobs etc. please seek urgent advice from a family member, friend or neighbour, or any member of Charlton Parish Council before taking any action that you might later regret. Never hand over your credit card or bank details to anyone that you don't know.

Microsgade VSM, a supplier of software services to a number of local councils, has published a short paper giving advice as to how to avoid being scammed. You can download it here:

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M&S Bank have also published advice as to how to avoid being scammed during the Coronavirus emergency. You can download it here:

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Charlton Covid-19 Support Group

Help from Local Shops

For anyone unable to get to the shops during the Coronavirus emergency, Chadbury Farm Shop, Hampton Farm Shop and Clives of Cropthorne will deliver customers' orders.

 

You can contact Chadbury Farm Shop on 01386 446705

Hampton Farm Shop on 01386 41540

and Clives on 01386 860439

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How to Avoid Catching or Spreading the Virus

The best advice on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus can be found on the NHS website at:

 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

This gives good advice on the subject and also provides some further useful links at the bottom of the web page.

 

Some brief guidance notes:

 

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

 

Don't

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

 

The NHS has also issued guidance on hand washing:

Worcestershire County County Council have also issued advice on their website at:

 

http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/coronavirus

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