Spelthorne Covid Briefing

Thursday 19 November

in the last 7 days there have been 257 positive cases

This is an increase by almost 19% from last week. Current rate is the highest in Surrey. Stanwell North, Ashford East and Sunbury East have recorded the most cases

local Testing

There will be a local Mobile Testing Unit coming to the Borough from 6-9 December at Sunbury Park (Green Street Car Park). Book a free test online; www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
Rate per 100,000 population for England (Last 7 days) Up to 09/11/2020 = 228
Page 12 of Surrey’s data reports capture which D&B have highest rates across Surrey, pages 12 and 19 contain Spelthorne data, and page 8 compares Surrey to the highest areas across England: Found here

Spelthorne Borough Council: Coronavirus update page for Spelthorne

Latest national updates on guidance
As of Friday 13th November 2020: 1,317,496 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK and there have been 51,304 deaths. Further information on the data is available here
COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable Updated: 18 November 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and prisons Guidance for families and friends of people in prison

in England and Wales during the coronavirus pandemic. Updated: 12 November 2020
New film shows importance of ventilation to reduce spread of COVID-19

How we can help ourselves and others (Mental Health)
COVID-19 is having an impact on everyone’s daily lives. It may be difficult, but by following government guidance, you are helping to protect yourself, your family, the NHS and your community.
During this time, you may be bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also feel low, worried, anxious, or be concerned about your health or that of those close to you. These are all common reactions to the difficult situation we face. Everyone reacts differently to events and changes in the way that we think, feel and behave vary between different people and over time.

It’s important that you take care of your mind as well as your body.
Most people will find strategies that work for them and the difficult feelings associated with the outbreak will pass. Some people, especially those with pre-existing mental health problems, may need extra support

In Surrey, there is a comprehensive resource for professionals on the Healthy Surrey website. This includes key resources for self-care as well as getting psychological support
For young people struggling, there’s also this Healthy Surrey page , which links to Kooth – a free online counselling, advice and wellbeing support service for young people.

• If your business was forced to cease trading as a direct result of the local restrictions and will remain closed for the entirety of the current lockdown cycle you may be eligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant and are encouraged to apply
Funding to support people who are self-isolating

Working safely during COVID
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: step by step guide for employers This guide explains the information that employers need to provide to claim for their employees’ wages. Updated: 13 November 2020
Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus (COVID-19) This guidance aims to help organisations and groups understand how to safely and effectively involve volunteers during the pandemic. Updated: 13 November 2020