COVID-19 - public health information
Book a test if you have symptoms
If you have Coronavirus symptoms, you need to get tested as soon as possible:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste.
For more information on symptoms and how to book a test visit: NHS: Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Support for those identified as clinically extremely vulnerable
You may have previously received a letter or email identifying you as someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) to COVID-19 and been advised to shield during earlier stages of the pandemic. There is now no separate guidance for people previously identified as CEV as there is no longer a substantially greater risk for these individuals than the general population due to the successful roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
We encourage all members of our community to continue to follow the key steps to stay safe and protect others.
There remains a smaller number of people who, despite vaccination, are at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19 due to a weakened immune system (immunosuppressed) or specific other medical conditions and requires enhanced protections such as those offered by antibody and antiviral treatments, additional vaccinations and potentially other non-clinical interventions. There is governmental guidance for people whose immune system means they are at higher risk.
Need local support?
If you don't have a support network around you please don't hesitate to contact our Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub on 0300 003 4576 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. It's open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.
Test and trace support payment
Following the government's Living with COVID-19 announcement, the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme ended on 24 February 2022. If you were required to isolate before this date, you can still submit an application up to 42 days after your first day of isolation. You can find out more about the online.
NHS Volunteer Responders
This programme can provide support such as picking up your shopping, and they also have a 'check in and chat' function if you feel isolated and need to speak to a friendly voice NHS Volunteer Responders.
Mental health support
This is a difficult time for many, if you feel you need some mental health support there is plenty of advice, guidance and contacts on the Wiltshire Council mental health support page.
COVID-19 Vaccination queries
If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccination programme our local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has a dedicated webpage with frequently asked questions about the vaccine roll-out.
If you have any other questions relating to the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, these can be sent via email to the CCG's dedicated mailbox email@example.com. This mailbox is for any vaccination queries from both public and stakeholders. The mailbox is regularly monitored, and queries will be responded to as quickly as possible.
Businesses can only open if they are confident about managing the risks and are able to follow the Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance.
If you need help and do not have any family, friends or neighbours who can support you please let us know. We are here to help you with:
- deliveries of food and other essentials
- loneliness and wellbeing
You can request this help by calling our helpline on 0300 003 4576 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Wellbeing Hub team are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
We have published our plans to help the county respond quickly and effectively should there be a local COVID-19 outbreak.
We were allocated £1.586m from a £300million government fund to work with the NHS and a range of local partners to ensure a joined-up local approach was in place in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.
The Wiltshire Local Outbreak Management Plan (LOMP) sets out the approach for managing COVID-19 outbreaks locally to protect residents and support the most vulnerable.
The LOMP will build on local expertise and effective health protection processes that are already in place, and outlines how the council and partners will positively engage with the public so they're fully aware and supportive of the crucial part they have to play in the process.
The government has identified seven themes that are deemed essential to plans to manage an outbreak effectively. They are:
- Care homes and schools
- Identify high risk settings, communities and places
- Local testing capacity
- Contact tracing
- Data integration
- Vulnerable people
We will work with the Government to support test and trace services in local communities, taking a place-based approach to containing the spread of the infection as much as possible.
The following Twitter accounts will be regularly posting out the latest factual advice and information related to COVID-19:
- Public Health England Twitter account
- Department of Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk)
- Wiltshire Council Twitter
- NHS England (@NHSEngland) - the NHS advises to only trust NHS organisations on Twitter that are 'blue-tick verified'
- Dorset and Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service (@DWFireRescue)
- NHS Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (@NHSBSWCCG)
- Twitter: Swindon Borough Council (@SwindonCouncil)
- Twitter: Foreign Office (@foreignoffice)