Spelthorne Covid Champions briefing – Thursday 1st April

Case rate per 100,000 to 29 Mar: 51.1 (last week 59.3)
• Please keep Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air even after vaccination. Follow the rules to help us move forward out of lockdown –the Stay at Home was lifted on 29 March
• Surrey’s Data Dashboard is updated weekly from today 1 April and bi-weekly summary is available
• Coronavirus Update pages:

To find out the rates in your local area, view this interactive map
• There will be a Mobile Testing Unit at Green Street Car Park, Sunbury Park on 1-2 April, 20-23 April and 29-30 April.
No vehicle access will be available
• Symptom free testing available at Thameside Youth Centre Staines, Broadway Pharmacy Staines, Hive Pharmacy Staines,
and Trio Pharmacy Shepperton. Book online at: scc.covid19testing.org.uk/
• A new walk-through coronavirus testing facility is open for those with symptoms to book appointments at Kingston Road
Car Park (TW18 4LN) in Spelthorne. Book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119
• NHS Surrey Heartlands have announced that Boots Pharmacy in Staines (Two Rivers retail park) has been added to the
options for local people to access their Covid-19 vaccination. The site is live from today, Thursday 1 April.
• New Business ‘RE-START’ Grant available from today 1st April. Details here www.spelthorne.gov.uk/LRSGO
• Outdoor sports course now open in Spelthorne
• Outdoor teas and coffees at the community centres from the 12 April.

National updates
• In the UK up to 29 March 4,337,696 people have tested positive, with 148,125 deaths
30,444,829 people received 1st vaccine dose, 3,674,266 received 2nd dose
• Estimated R number 0.7-0.9, daily infection growth rate range of -5% to -2% (26 Mar)
National data on vaccinations, cases, recoveries, deaths is updated daily

With a new roadmap taking us back to a normal way of life, it’s more important than ever to adhere to the
current guidelines. COVID-19 is still very present in our communities and we need to be cautious and vigilant
to help ease the lifting of lockdown.
We’re still in this together – let’s play our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 together.

  • Stay local
  • Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air
  • Avoid busy locations
  • Get tested for COVID
  • Self-isolate if you have symptoms

Clinically extremely vulnerable people in England are no longer advised to shield from 1 April but should continue
taking extra precautions like shopping at quieter times of the day

Reminder of Step 2 – no earlier than 12 April:

Testing – No symptoms, why should I get a test?
• Did you know 1 in 3 people have no symptoms when they have COVID-19?
• Every test helps to stop the spread
• Regular testing will help us to ease the lifting of lockdown and help us to get back to normal
• Book a test, collect one or have one delivered to your home.
• Business can order free rapid tests for staff who cannot work from home – register here by 12 April

Online booking for rapid tests for people without symptoms who live or work in Surrey, can’t work from home and
can’t get a test through work
– or call 020 8865 1952
People with symptoms should book a PCR test or call 119

Vaccination Programme
Message from Surrey Heartlands

“Although we know the vaccine supply will reduce in April, we are urging everyone aged 50 and over, carers and those with health conditions to come forward for their first dose. We are also committed to delivering our schedule of second doses so if you have your appointment or you are expecting to be invited soon – don’t worry, this will go ahead as planned.”

Vaccine uptake is still low in some black communities, please share this open letter through your networks and ask them to share to their networks too.

Surrey Heartlands

Health and Wellbeing

Your ethnicity can increase your risk of developing heart and circulatory diseases.
Research shows that if you are South Asian, African or African-Caribbean in the UK, your risk of developing some
heart and circulatory diseases is higher than white Europeans.
Although genetics is likely to play a part, your lifestyle choices can also affect your risk
Find out how healthy your heart is by taking the
Heart Age Test

Long COVID

Long COVID is when symptoms form the virus last longer than 12 weeks and for some the effect can last for months.
It can mean a cycle of improving and getting worse again.
Long COVID can affect anyone who has had the virus, whether mild or more severe.
Lasting symptoms include:
• Fatigue
• Breathlessness
• Anxiety and depression
• Palpitation
• Chest pain
• Joint and muscle pain
• Pins and needles
• Difficulty concentrating (brain fog)
• Loss of taste and smell
• Cough
• Temperature
If you have symptoms for more than 4 weeks after COVID-19, you should contact your GP.
Supporting your recovery after COVID-19 helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as you recover.
Please see the NHS Your Covid Recovery for more information.