Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives
Yes, we are all receiving the same Coronavirus (Covid-19) message from a range of sources and Kingsbridge Town Council makes no apology for repeating it because:
Life is the most precious gift we will ever receive.
Let’s cherish it. Nurture it. Respect it.
Easter is almost upon us, but everyone must stay at home to help stop Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading.
To stop the spread of coronavirus, you should only leave the house for very limited purposes:
- shopping for basic necessities, food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
- one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
- any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
- travelling to and from work, but only where you cannot work from home
These reasons are exceptions. Even when doing these activities, you should minimise time spent outside of the home and ensure you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
You should also:
- wash your hands with soap and water often – for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands
- do not touch your face if your hands are not clean
What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms? Continue to stay at home. You’ll need to self-isolate for 7 days; if you live with someone who has symptoms then you’ll need to self-isolate for 14 days from the day their symptoms started (this is because it can take 14 days for symptoms to appear). The symptoms are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- to protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home. Use the 111 online coronavirus service to ﬁnd out what to do: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Call for help.
Further to the below email we sent out on Wednesday of last week – we are now sending a further plea to key areas that are still needing volunteers. It may be that these areas/streets have set up their own volunteer groups which is fantastic but it would be very helpful if the volunteer could contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (01548 853296) to give us their details so we add to our database. We can then share all official information received in the coming weeks and also forward on requests for help that we receive to them.
Key areas still needing cover:
Waterside Park ( Lower Warren Road covered already and part of Highfield Drive covered)
Rack Park (Henacre Road covered)
Trebble Park (Hurrell Road covered)
Wallingford Road/Fosse Road
Original email sent out Wednesday:
Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Getting Kingsbridge Prepared.
This is a plea!! Please take 2 minutes to read the following important information from Kingsbridge Town Council.
This is a plea!! Please take 2 minutes to read the following information from Kingsbridge Town Council.
You will all be totally aware of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and that the risk to the UK has been raised to High. This is an unprecedented situation and we need to listen to the government’s instructions and act today. The current advice remains that the most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, and making sure you cough or sneeze into a paper tissue, put it in a bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards.
Anyone who shows certain symptoms is now being asked to self-isolate regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas in order to slow the spread of infection. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for:
- 7 days if you live alone.
- 14 days with everyone you live with (stay at least 3 steps away from others in your home if possible).
The symptoms are:
- High temperature (37.8 degrees and above).
- A new, persistent cough.
Routine testing will no longer take place for people who are self-isolating and have no additional complications and people do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. Anyone whose symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days should contact NHS 111 or online at https://111.nhs.uk/.
Guidance on self-isolation can be found on the NHS website:
The national policy situation is fast-paced and the situation will continue to evolve on a daily basis. The Health Secretary has reported that every person over the age of 70 will be told “within the coming weeks” to stay at home for an extended period to protect themselves from Coronavirus. The government’s website is updating hourly, has accurate information and should answer the majority of your concerns:
There are 2 things we can do in Kingsbridge to protect you, your loved ones and to keep your neighbours safe.
Firstly, look after yourself:
- No more visits to friends or family unless totally necessary.
- You should not travel unless it’s essential.
- Start working from home if possible (not everyone can do this; but you should do if you can).
- Avoid social venues and mass gatherings.
- Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth (start folding your arms and clasping your hands together).
- Avoid contact with people who are unwell.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
- Discuss now with friends, relatives and immediate neighbours what to do if one of you has to go into self-isolation. What will the needs of each person be? How will you cope?
- Keep up to speed with government guidance on the TV and radio.
Secondly, Kingsbridge Town Council is already aware of numerous offers of assistance from individuals and community groups and this enthusiasm needs to be captured and co-ordinated.
WE ARE THEREFORE SEEKING PEOPLE IN EVERY SINGLE STREET IN KINGSBRIDGE TO ACT AS VOLUNTEER ‘GUARDIAN ANGELS’ WILLING TO SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL NEIGHBOURHOOD. Please give the Town Council your contact details, address and area you can manage by emailing email@example.com or phoning 01548.853296 between 9.30 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. Monday to Friday. Thanks.
What you will be required to do:
- Share your own contact information (name, address, landline, mobile and email) and willingness to help out with everyone else in your street now. You can do this by simply popping a note through letter boxes with an offer for them to get in touch with you if they’re stuck in anyway, to do some shopping for them or to go to the chemists. The Council can provide a proforma for this. The chap at the end of the road may be a recluse but he will not mind your offer of help.
- We are not suggesting that one ‘Guardian Angel’ should be the single contact for every household in your street, so please get together with some of your other friends to ensure your street is totally covered.
- Then stay in touch and consider coming up with a ‘buddy’ system within your street to ensure that everyone is connected to Coronavirus related news and can receive support safely such as essential deliveries.
Local community and sports groups will also wish to offer help as there could be a future scenario where a pool of manpower is required e.g. to act as volunteer drivers. Again, please get in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and report what resources you can provide.
STOP PRESS: The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary measures to support businesses through the period of disruption caused by Covid-19:
We’ve got a fabulous community here in Kingsbridge and our resilience is about to be tested but we can work together to combat a COVID-19 outbreak. There has been a fantastic response so far; stay calm, be positive, let’s get Kingsbridge prepared.
Can you spare half an hour between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday 28th March?
Join us on Kingsbridge Bandstand at 1.45pm and help us clean up!
Now into its fifth year, the Great British Spring Clean is Keep Britain Tidy’s annual national clean-up campaign.
During the campaign, members of the great British public join forces with a range of partners to get rubbish off the ground, safely collected and recycled.
See our poster for my info:
The Great British Spring Clean