Corvid-19 - Coronavirus
Information for Melling-with-Wrayton
The government has announced that everyone with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms can now get a test. The expansion in testing eligibility comes after all 4 UK Chief Medical Officers confirmed that anosmia has been added as a symptom of COVID-19. Anosmia is the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell, and it can also affect your sense of taste. This means people should self-isolate immediately if they have:
A new, continuous cough.
A high temperature or
A loss of or change in their normal sense of smell or taste.
All members of their household must also self-isolate according to current guidelines, unless the symptomatic individual receives a negative test result.
Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough, high temperature or a loss of or change in your normal sense of smell or taste can book a test by visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus. Those unable to access the internet can call 119 to book a test.
Guidance from the Community Connector team,
Civil Contingencies, Lancaster
We would like to share with you some new guidance from the government on staying safe outside of your home. This guidance sets out principles that everyone should follow when outside of their house to lower the risk of transmission of the virus.
1. Keep your distance from people outside your household
This may not always be possible however it is important to be aware that the risk of infection increases the closer you are to another person with the virus, and the amount of time you spend in close contact with them. Therefore, you are unlikely to be infected if you walk past another person in the street. Public Health England recommends trying to keep two metres away from people as a precaution.
2. Keep your hands and face as clean as possible
Wash your hands often using soap and water, and dry them thoroughly. Where available, use sanitiser outside your home, especially as you enter a building and after you have had contact with surfaces.
Avoid touching your face.
3. Work from home if you can
Many people can do most or all of their work from home and your employer should support you to find adjustments to do this. However, not all jobs can be done from home and if your workplace is open and you cannot work from home, you can travel to work.
4. Avoid being face-to-face with people if they are outside your household
You are at higher risk of being directly exposed to respiratory droplets (released by talking or coughing) when you are within two metres of someone and have face-to-face contact with them. You can lower the risk of infection if you stay side-to-side rather than facing someone.
5. Reduce the number of people you spend time with in a work setting
You can lower the risks of transmission in the workplace by reducing the number of people you come into contact with regularly. Your employer can support with this by changing shift patterns and rotas to match you with the same team each time.
6. Avoid crowds
You can lower the risks of transmission by reducing the number of people you come into close contact with. For example, avoid peak travel times on public transport, where possible.
Businesses should also take reasonable steps to avoid people being gathered together. For example, by allowing the use of more entrances and exits, and staggering entrance and exit, where possible.
7. If you have to travel (for example, to work or school), think about how and when you travel
To reduce demand on the public transport network, you should walk or cycle wherever possible. If you have to use public transport, you should try to avoid peak times.
Employers should consider staggering working hours, expanding bicycle storage facilities, providing changing facilities and providing car parking.
8. Wash your clothes regularly
There is some evidence that the virus can stay on fabrics for a few days, although usually it is shorter. Therefore, if you are working with people outside your household, wash your clothes regularly.
Changing clothes in workplaces should only be considered where there is a high risk of infection or there are highly vulnerable people, such as in a care home. If you need to change your clothes, avoid crowding into a changing room.
9. Keep indoor places well ventilated
Evidence suggests that the virus is less likely to be passed on in well-ventilated buildings and outdoors. In good weather, try to leave windows and doors open in areas where people from different households come into contact, or move activity outdoors if you can.
10. Face coverings
If you can, wear a face covering in an enclosed space where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. This is most relevant for short periods indoors in crowded areas, for example, on public transport or in some shops. Evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you. However, if you are infected but have not yet developed symptoms, it may provide some protection for others you come into close contact with. Face coverings do not replace social distancing. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, and/or high temperature, and/or loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste - anosmia), you and your household must isolate at home: wearing a face covering does not change this. A face covering is not the same as the surgical masks or respirators used by healthcare and other workers as part of personal protective equipment. These should continue to be reserved for those who need them to protect against risks in their workplace. Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 2 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly. You can make face-coverings at home. The key thing is it should cover the mouth and nose.
11. When at work, follow the advice given to you by your employer
Employers have a duty to assess and manage risks to your safety in the workplace. The government has issued guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus. This includes guidance on how to make adjustments to your workplace to help you maintain social distancing. It also includes guidance on hygiene, as evidence suggests that the virus can exist for up to 72 hours on surfaces. Therefore, frequent cleaning is particularly important for communal surfaces like:
communal areas like bathrooms
You can read the full guidance for further information here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home/staying-safe-outside-your-home.
Waste and Recycling
Notes about the reopening of our waste and recycling centres.
Due to the overwhelming need to prevent the spread of the virus, there will be a number of significant changes to the way the sites usually operate to ensure social distancing.
The note explains these changes in full but the most important thing we want people to know is that they will need to make an appointment before visiting via a new online booking system or by calling our customer services centre.
Our booking system will go live on Wednesday 13 May, ahead of the centres reopening on Friday.
Twitter - www.twitter.com/lancashirecc
Facebook - www.facebook.com/lancashirecc
PLEASE NOTE: Carnforth site is NOT among those that have reopened
Chief Executive & Director of Resources
Lancashire County Council
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust:
COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan
This Emergency Response Plan is a plan detailing the response of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay to the COVID-19 emergency. It details the objectives of the response together with the actions that UHMBT and partners will
Please CLICK HERE to see the full plan
Updated scams Information - Trading Standards
We would like to share with you some guidance from Action Fraud relating to the increase in Coronavirus related scams over the last month. Recently there has been many reports to Action Fraud of COVID19 related online shopping scams due to the increased number of people remaining at home and people purchasing goods online, possibly using systems that they may be unfamiliar with. The majority of scams reported are relating to the online sale of protective equipment where people have ordered facemasks, hand sanitiser and other products which have never arrived.
Watch out for scam messages:
Don’t click on licks or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to suspicious messages or calls that ask for personal or financial details.
If you’re considering making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, do some research first or ask family and friend for some advice before completing the purchase. If possible use a credit card to make the purchase mad most credit card providers insure online purchases.
Protect your devices from the latest threats:
Always install the latest software to protect your devices from the latest threats.
For further information please go to the Action Fraud website CLICK HERE
A number of residents have been in contact to offer help with collecting and delivering essential items for those who cannot or should not go out.
Sandra Towers has very kindly offered to be a central contact for anyone offering help or needing it.
She will then co-ordinate proceedings.
You can contact Sandra on.....
Telephone: 015242 21399
Local businesses respond to crisis
Hornby Butchers (015242 21248)
They can deliver in Melling and Wrayton - just give them a ring and have a credit card ready. (PS - they have a great selection of pies and quiches!)
Hornby Village Store (015242 22111)
They can deliver in Melling and Wrayton depending on stock - they may be busy with Hornby residents, so delivery may not be immediate.
CORNVALE (Melling) (015242 22420)
Home delivery and food collection service.
Milkman delivering potatoes, orange juice, eggs. Oh and milk!
BOOTHS are inviting elderly and at risk customers only between 9:30am - 11:00am
Lune View Garage (015242 21457) Are offering free vehicle collection and delivery to anybody self-isolating. Info from DVSA is that all vehicles must still have a valid MOT.
Country Harvest, Ingleton (015242 42223, option 6)
FRESH FOOD: We have lots of fresh food in stock, from freshly made bread (limited to two bread items per customer), fruit and vegetables, butchery and dairy along with staples including flour (limited to one bag per customer) and other provisions.
DELIVERY: To help our customers we are now offering a home delivery service. Please ring 015242 42223, option 6 by 4pm to receive your next day delivery. We are concentrating on the local community (including Melling) and for those customers our delivery service is free.
Information from Lancaster City Council
We would like to share with you a new free service on WhatsApp that the UK government launched yesterday to provide trustworthy and timely information on Coronavirus. This is an automated chat service which will allow the public to get answers to common questions on Coronavirus directly from government advice. The service will provide users accurate information on the latest number of cases in the UK, symptoms, advice on staying at home and travel advice.
To use the free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.
You can read the full story on the gov.uk website here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-coronavirus-information-service-on-whatsapp?utm_source=69e52d43-e869-4847-91d5-144c887aa071&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate
Community Connector Team
Car, Van or Motorcycle MOTs
The government published new guidance yesterday on what will happen if your car, van or motorcycle’s MOT due date is on or after 30 March 2020. This is being done to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
From 30 March 2020, MOT due dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans will be extended by 6 months. You do not need to do anything to extend the MOT expiry of your vehicle however you do need to make sure that you keep the vehicle safe to drive. To check if your vehicle is safe to drive please see here: https://www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-safe.
For more information please read the full guidance issued by GOV.UK here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-mots-for-cars-vans-and-motorcycles-due-from-30-march-2020#keep-your-vehicle-safe-to-drive
We have also attached an image below from National Trading Standards with some guidance on protection against scams related to Coronavirus as this may be a useful to share with your communities.
Community Connector Team