The Coronavirus issue is obviously fast changing.
There have now been 27 confirmed deaths from Covid-19 in Worcestershire's hospitals.
As of Wednesday 1st April there were a total of 201 confirmed cases in Worcestershire according to Public Health England, an increase of 31 cases over Tuesday's figure.
Should anyone in the Village be diagnosed with the disease, we will need to devise a coping strategy.
Wychavon District Council is allowing people to park for free in all of its car parks as part of a range of measures designed to support people through the Coronavirus outbreak. The move has been introduced to help people while shopping for essential goods and support volunteers caring for the vulnerable.
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:
Pershore Medical Practice has published important information regarding the ordering and delivery of prescriptions. You can download the notice in full here:
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.
There is no information available from Merstow Green Medical Practice regarding their procedures other than the need for 72 hours notice of requirements.
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.
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:
There is also a guide to working from home during the lockdown period which you can also download:
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!
Wychavon District Council will shortly be updating their website with details of how to avoid falling victim to Coronavirus scams.
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.
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
Also, it has been reported that several local stores are allowing people aged 70+ to shop before the general public:
Tesco - Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 ~ 10:00am
Waitrose are dedicating the first hour of opening each day (8:00am ~ 9:00am onday to Saturday) to elderly and vulnerable people and their carers.
Morrisons are changing their opening hours from Friday 20th March. NHS staff showing their official badge will be allowed exclusive access to the stores from 7:00am ~ 8:00am from Monday to Saturday. Public opening hours will then become 8:00am ~ 8:00pm Monday to Saturday, with normal opening hours unchanged on Sundays.
Marks and Spencer are reserving the first hour of openingat their Evesham food store i.e. from 9:00 ~ 10:00am on Mondays and Thursdays for their elderly and vulnerable customers and on Tuesdays and Fridays for NHS workers, who will need to show their official badge.
Iceland, Home Bargains and Boots will also be advising new opening options for people aged 70+
Tesco are also offering restricted opening for NHS workers on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings between 9:00 ~ 10:00am. Sunday is just a browsing hour before the checkouts open at 10am. NHS workers will need to show their official badge to gain entry at these times.
We suggest that you check with individual stores before making a special journey into town.
You can download County Councillor Liz Eyre's daily updates here:
The best advice on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus can be found on the NHS website at:
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:
The NHS has also issued guidance on hand washing:
Worcestershire County County Council have also issued advice on their website at: