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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Health advice and information

If you have Coronavirus symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

You need to get tested as soon as possible 

If you are getting a test because you have symptoms, you and anyone you live with must stay at home (self-isolate) until you get your result. Anyone in your support bubble must also self-isolate until you get your result.

For more information on symptoms and how to book a test visit: NHS: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

NHS COVID-19 App launched

The NHS COVID-19 app is now available and is part of a large scale coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and contact tracing programme called the NHS Test and Trace service.

The app will be used, alongside traditional contact tracing, to notify you if you've come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus.

It will help the NHS understand where and how quickly the virus is spreading, so it can respond quickly and effectively. The app helps the NHS track the virus, not you individually.

The app uses your smartphone's existing "Exposure Logging" feature to work out if you have spent time near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

You can download it via the App Store or Google Play.

Once downloaded, you will be able to check yourself in when visiting venues such as restaurants, pubs, museums or places of worship, by scanning the QR code on a poster that will be visible at the entrance of the place you're visiting.

We will also have the posters at all of our council buildings including our hubs in Chippenham, Salisbury and Trowbridge, libraries and leisure centres. 

Here's a video which explains how the process works.

COVID-19 testing update:

Following recent national media reports that some people across the country are struggling to get test appointments near their homes, our Director of Public Health, Kate Blackburn says:

Our advice remains that we encourage people to try and get a test as soon as possible if they are experiencing any sort of COVID-19 symptoms and they should isolate themselves for 10 days. Those living in the same households should self-isolate for 14 days if they or any members of the household receive a positive test. 

We'd encourage people to regularly check the online portal to not miss out on the opportunity of getting a test as close to their home as possible. Booking slots are made available the evening before for morning appointments, and on the morning for afternoon appointments. We are in regular contact with our national colleagues and they are aware of the need for people to get quick and easy access to testing should they require it.

The Department for Health and Social Care say there is a high demand for tests and to stop the spread of the virus they are targeting testing capacity at the areas that need it most, including those where there is an outbreak, as well as prioritising at-risk groups. Those who are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms - a high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss or change to sense of smell or test - should visit the NHS website (link found above) or call 119 to book an appointment or order a home test kit. 

To control the spread of the virus please continue with your good efforts to wash hands regularly, wear face coverings and following social distancing rules.
 

For Government guidance on restrictions that apply to England: GOV.UK: Cabinet Office - Guidance Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do

    Up-to-date information about council services

    A - Z of council services affected and you can also find out the latest with council services and how you can book, pay and apply online.

    Wiltshire Council Privacy Notice relating to NHS Test and Trace

    Wiltshire Council will collect personal data, as requested by the Government, to help with the NHS Test and Trace programme in relation to Covid-19.  Further information can be found on GOV.UK: Guidance maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace