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:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

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 reception@kingsbridge.gov.uk 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 reception@kingsbridge.gov.uk 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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

 

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.