Covid 19 - Vulnerable Residents Urged to Take Care!

Vulnerable residents urged to take extra care - Residents across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable by the NHS will receive a letter from the Government this week strongly advising them to take extra steps to keep themselves safe.

The letter coincides with the rising rates of the virus nationally and the second national lockdown which began yesterday (Thursday 5 November).

The letter will urge people, some of whom will have previously been shielding, to take extra steps to stay safe, such as limiting all contact with those outside their household wherever possible by, for example, doing food shopping online or asking others to collect prescriptions.

In particular, people who are clinically extremely vulnerable are being asked to:

  • Stay at home as much as possible, except to go outdoors to exercise or attend health appointments. People can exercise with those they live with or in their support bubble.
  • Work from home where possible. If people cannot work from home, they should not attend work.
  • Avoid all non-essential travel – people should continue to travel to hospital and GP appointments unless told otherwise by their doctor. They are strongly advised not to go to any shops or to pharmacies

As evidence has shown there is a very low risk of children becoming very unwell from COVID-19, most children originally on the shielded patient list no longer need to be and therefore can still attend school.

If they are unsure, parents should contact their child's usual GP or hospital clinician to check whether they should still be considered clinically extremely vulnerable.

Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council are now urging residents to get in touch if they need help and support and don't have a support network in place.

Each of the district and city councils across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have community hubs in place, run by the councils in partnership with parish and town councils and community groups. These hubs are able to support people to access help near to where they live, whether it is access to food and medicine, befriending services or assistance with things like dog walking.

The Government has awarded funding to local authorities to provide this additional support during the lockdown with Cambridgeshire County Council receiving £380,000 and Peterborough City Council £85,000.

Adrian Chapman, service director for communities and partnerships across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, said: "Firstly I would like to thank those people who are more at risk from the virus for the sacrifices they have made so far to keep themselves safe. We have never underestimated the enormity of what you have been asked to do. We know it is asking a lot, but with rates of Covid-19 rising locally we need you need to continue making those sacrifices.

"Stay at home as much as possible and in doing so limit your contact with people outside of your household as much as you can. Please avoid public transport and don't leave home to go to work - financial support is available from the Government for people who cannot work because they are at greater risk.

"We know it's frustrating for people not to be able to do the things they enjoy and we understand the impact reduced contact will have on them. Please remember you are not alone. Support is available through the network of hubs for those who don't have friends, family and neighbours to call upon. The hubs have helped many hundreds of people since March and they are on hand to help many more people through this second lockdown."

If you need help please contact your local support hub. Contact details are as follows:

Or please contact the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Coordination Hub – visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/coronavirus or call 0345 045 5219.

Posted: Mon, 09 Nov 2020 09:29 by Amanda Jerrom

Tags: Covid 19