Spelthorne Covid Champions Briefing – 14th May

  • Spelthorne Borough Council latest updates
  • Surrey County Council COVID updates and resources including translations into different languages
  • Surrey’s data Dashboard is published each Friday
  • National Data on testing, cases, vaccine, deaths is updated daily, now also available in easy-read version
  • In the UK to 10 May 4,437,217 people have tested positive, with 127,609 deaths within 28 days of a positive test
  • 35,472,295 1st vaccine doses = 67.3% of population
  • 17,856,550 2nd vaccine doses = 33.9% of population
  • R number 0.8-1.1, daily infection growth rate range of
    -3% to -0% (7 May, for England only)
    There will also be a Mobile Testing Unit at Laleham Riverside on 12-15 May and at Green Street Car Park, Sunbury Park
    on 20-23 May, 29-31 May. No vehicle access will be available.

This Week’s Key Message:

May 17 – Step 3 of the Roadmap

  • Outdoors: Up to 30 people can meet
  • Indoors: Rule of 6 or 2 households applies
  • Indoor hospitality open, e.g. restaurants, pubs, cafes, bars
  • Indoor entertainment and sport open, e.g. cinemas, theatres, museums and children’s play areas
  • Up to 30 people can attend life events, e.g. wedding, wake, bar mitzvah or christening (there is no legal limit for funerals)
  • Travel abroad: new traffic light system with different rules returning to England from countries on green list (COVID test),
    amber (10-day isolation + 2 x COVID tests) or red list (pre-paid hotel quarantine + 2 x COVID tests)
  • Care home residents can have 5 named visitors (2 at a time)

Places you can go and things you can do from 17 May

Testing

To get a test in Surrey:

  • 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/ email from NHS Test & Trace, usually in 30 min.
    Some people may be able to access a test via their place of work or study.

• Alternatively, order a test online from the national programme for home delivery
• For a guide on how to do a rapid lateral flow test at home, a short video is available
Surrey County Council’s website is updated regularly with any changes to test sites or eligibility
• Public Health England has designated B.1.617.2 (an Indian variant) as a variant of concern (VOC) – up to 5 May
there are 520 UK cases of this VOC, compared to 233,430 cases of the Kent variant (B.1.1.7)

Vaccine

National Vaccination Programme

  • People who will turn 40 before 1 July 2021 can now have a COVID-19 vaccination – book via NHS website
  • Blood clots and low platelet counts after the AstraZeneca vaccine are extremely rare but people under 40
    with no other health conditions are advised to receive an alternative where available, e.g. Pfizer or Moderna
  • Surrey Heartlands CCG FAQs, updates + vaccination helpline (not booking service):
    0300 561 2500 9am-4pm, Mon-Fri / syheartlandsccg.vaccination@nhs.net

Festivals and Celebrations

Shauvot

  • The Feast of Weeks is celebrated Sun 16-Tue 18 May this year
  • Please follow all COVID-19 guidance to celebrate safely, whether at synagogue or home

With Ramadan continuing until Thur 13 May, and Eid celebrations beginning, remember:

  • Taking the vaccine does not break the fast
  • The rule of 6 applies to outdoor gatherings – you must only gather indoors with your household or bubble

For the latest COVID-19 guidance for British Muslims including #Safe Eid visit the MCB website. Eid Mubarak!

Mental Health Awareness Week

10-16 May is Mental Health Awareness Week. It is all about starting conversations about mental health and things in our
daily lives that can affect it.
This year’s theme is nature and people are encouraged to connect to it daily. Stop and listen to birdsong, smell the
freshly cut grass, look after a house plant, notice trees, flowers or animals nearby. Being in nature has been one of
the most popular ways people have tried to keep good mental health during this challenging pandemic year.
A wide range of mental health support is available in Surrey in person, by phone or online. There is a new 24/7 mental
health crisis line for children and young people
aged up to 18, their families and carers. Freephone 0800 915 4644 to
speak to trained call handlers and mental health nurses providing support, advice, and signposting to community services.
No referral is needed and you do not need to already receive mental health services. The aim is to support people at home
and avoid the need for young people to go to hospital in crisis.