England is in a national lockdown
England entered a national lockdown on Tuesday 5 January. This means you must stay at home and only go out if it is essential.
View more detailed government guidance including essential reasons to leave the home and meeting others at GOV.UK: national lockdown.
Live COVID-19 public update on 2 March
We are broadcasting our fifth live public COVID-19 update on Tuesday 2 March at 5.30pm, live via Microsoft Teams.
The broadcast will be an opportunity to hear about the latest rates of COVID-19 cases in Wiltshire, the arrangements in place to mitigate the spread of the virus, how the council is continuing to support residents and businesses at this time and answering residents questions. Find out more.
Schools and colleges reopen on 8 March
Schools will reopen on Monday 8 March for all primary and secondary aged pupils. Wiltshire Council is supporting schools and colleges as they prepare to welcome pupils back on this date.
On Monday 22 February, the Government provided information on how lateral flow tests will be rolled out in secondary schools and colleges and information on safety measures. More details on additional support for education and exams is also expected to be announced by the government later this week. Wraparound childcare for primary and secondary pupils will resume from that date.
Read more detail on the education plans at GOV.UK
PPE for Unpaid Carers
Wiltshire's eligible unpaid carers are now able to receive PPE following updated national guidance.
Wiltshire Council is working closely with charity Carer Support Wiltshire to ensure unpaid carers receive the PPE they need to keep those they care for and themselves safe. Carers can request PPE if they care for or go into the home of someone they don't live with to provide care or support.
Carers can call Carer Support Wiltshire on 01380 908008 who will provide advice and arrange for delivery of the PPE complete with instructions on how to use it and dispose of it. If you are a carer and not currently registered with Carer Support Wiltshire, we encourage you to call them and talk through whether you may be eligible for PPE and find out about other support services they offer.
A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a family member or friend who could not always manage without their support. They might look after someone with a physical disability, long term health condition, mental health issue or a problem with substance misuse.
COVID vaccinations for priority front-line Health and Social Care Workers
From the 11 of February for a period of two weeks, Health and Social Care Workers are able to book a vaccine appointment directly, via the National Booking service. Book at: NHS: Book or manage your coronavirus vaccination.
Please try online booking first but if this is not possible, you can phone 119 free of charge, 7am to 11pm, seven days a week.
People that have direct contact with patients, clients or service users at higher risk from coronavirus (COVID-19).
Health workers, for example:
- you work in a clinical role (such as a doctor or nurse)
- you have contact in a non-clinical role (such as a receptionist or porter)
- you work in a hospital laboratory, mortuary or a funeral home
Social care workers, for example:
- you are a registered professional in social care (such as a social worker or nurse)
- you work in residential care, nursing care or in supported living
- you provide personal care for people in their homes
The following community based social care workers are included as eligible:
Example of Role
Direct care - These roles involve directly working with people who need care and support
• Activities worker
• Care worker
• Personal Assistant
• Rehabilitation, reablement, enablement worker
• Shared lives Carer
• Advocacy worker
Management of care and residential setting - These roles involve managerial responsibility for a small team, or a whole service.
• Team leader or supervisor
• Deputy Manager or team leader
• Specialist coordinator, such as Dementia or end of life care coordinator
Social care support - These roles provide direct support and administrative functions
• Housing support Officer
• Volunteer coordinator
• Social care prescriber/Care Navigator
• Welfare rights
• Employment advisor
• Administration roles including finance, HR
• Trainer or assessor
Ancillary staff in care and residential homes - These roles do not involve direct care but are vital to the running of social care services.
• Cook or Kitchen assistant
• Housekeeping or domestic worker
• Driver or transport manager
Regulated professionals - these roles require the worker to hold relevant qualifications and to be registered with a regulated body to practice.
• Social worker
• Approved Mental Health Professionals
• Occupational Therapist
• Nurse including nursing associate
• Complimentary therapist
- Administrative staff who do not have any direct contact with clients.
- Social care workers working with children who are not considered priority within the context of the JCVI priority cohorts 1-9 (children under 16 who do not have underlying health conditions leading to greater risk of disease or mortality and children who have no underlying health conditions).
- Unpaid carers
You will be asked to verbally declare to the person at the vaccination site booking you in that:
- you are a health or social care worker
- the type of role/work you do
- the name of your employer
You will also need to show further proof of employment as a health or social care worker such as one of the following:
- A recent letter from you employer setting out how you meet the eligibility criteria
- Authorisation letter from the local authority
- A staff ID badge
- A recent (last 3 months) payslip which shows their employer.
You will also be asked for photographic identification.
You will be informed, by the person recoding your vaccination, that it will be recorded that you are a health or social care worker.
NHS England will be monitoring the national booking service to identify instances of fraud related to people who do not meet the definitions above.
If you already have an appointment booked or allocated in the next 10 days please do not book another appointment via the national booking service. Please ensure that you attend the appointment that is booked for you. This will greatly help us to manage vaccine wastage and make sure that everyone gets their vaccination as quickly as possible.
Our online COVID-19 business update
We hosted a live online webinar on 3 February for businesses in the county to find out more about the latest COVID-19 grants available to them. If you missed the webinar, you can watch it again on YouTube.
Targeted COVID-19 rapid community testing gets underway in Wiltshire
We have begun to roll out the government's targeted rapid COVID-19 community testing initiative locally to help drive down transmission rates.
Our programme, in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care, is specifically aimed at asymptomatic people at small businesses, private early years settings and childminders. Eligible people will take a Lateral Flow Test.
The testing sites will be located at:
- Chippenham, Monkton Park
- Devizes Leisure Centre
- Salisbury, Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre
- Trowbridge, County Hall
The Devizes and Salisbury test centres are now up and running, with the others due to follow soon. Until the other sites are open, the Devizes and Salisbury sites are currently the only ones that people can book a place for.
The centres cannot accept people dropping in, and everyone must book an appointment and not have any symptoms of COVID-19. The self-administered test should take no more than 15 minutes and results should be known within half an hour.
Free testing continues to be available to everyone in Wiltshire who has COVID-19 symptoms - high temperature, continuous cough or loss of/change in taste or smell. People should visit NHS Coronavirus or call 119 to book a test in that instance.
Those in smaller businesses (employees of 50 or less) who cannot work from home, and private (non-maintained) early years settings and childminders have been chosen because they are not currently involved in any other mass-testing scheme.
Anyone who receives a positive Lateral Flow Test result automatically activate legal obligations to self-isolate, and may also claim for a Test and Trace payment if they are eligible.
More information, including FAQs and how to book, can be found at our community testing page
'Jog on' and think carefully where you do your daily exercise
We are urging you to think carefully where you do your daily exercise and to 'jog on' if you travel too far or there's too many people.
Residents have raised concerns about large numbers of people at some of Wiltshire's beauty spots and popular areas and we're asking people to be sensible when out and about and enjoying their daily exercise.
The national lockdown stay at home rules state that people should minimise time spent outside their home, but can leave home to exercise. This should be limited to once per day, and people should not travel outside their local area.
You can exercise in a public outdoor place:
- on your own
- with the people you live with
- with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
- in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
- or, when on your own, with one person from another household
Download and print our jog on poster to help share this important message
|Type of data||Case rates|
|Total number of cases in Wiltshire||16,061|
|New cases in Wiltshire in the last 7 days||506|
|Rate of cases per 100,000 in Wiltshire in the last 7 days||101.2|
|Rate of cases per 100,000 in Wiltshire in the previous 7 days||116.8|
|Rate of cases per 100,000 in England in the last 7 days||125.1|
You can find up-to-date information about the latest number of COVID-related deaths in the Wiltshire Council area at GOV.UK.
|Date||COVID-19 positive patients in hospital beds|
|23 February 2021||114|
|16 February 2021||161|
|9 February 2021||211|
|2 February 2021||277|
|26 January 2021||357|
|19 January 2021||416|
|12 January 2021||329|
|5 January 2021||183|
|22 December 2020||114|
You can find more on the hospital admissions by trust level.
|Date||Care homes with new COVID-19 cases reported in last seven days|
|23 February 2021||15|
|16 February 2021||22|
|9 February 2021||37|
|2 February 2021||29|
|26 January 2021||47|
|19 January 2021||59|
|12 January 2021||40|
|5 January 2021||30|
|15 December 2020||16|
|1 December 2020||17|
|17 November 2020||22|