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“CORONA VIRUS: LET’S BEAT IT IN BURITON”

Created: 17 March 2020. Updated on 21 March, 22 March, 26 March, 30 March, 3 April, 9 April, 12 April, 15 April, 18 April, 23 April, 1 May, 7 May, 10 May, 20 May, 28 May, 4 June, 12 June, 22 June, 1 July, 11 July, 19 July, 29 July, 6 August, 12 August, 3 September, 16 September, 23 September, 10 October, 21 October, 3 November, 10 November, 18 November, 2 December, 10 December, 22 December, 24 December, 2 January 2021, 5 January, 8 January, 16 January, 29 January

NATIONAL LOCKDOWN

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4th January, this area is now part of the national lockdown. This means people should stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

People should stay at home except to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for themselves or for a vulnerable person
  • go to work (if this cannot be done from home)
  • exercise with your household or with one other person, once per day
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare - for those eligible.

There is official Government information here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

One in three people with Coronavirus have no symptoms and will be spreading it without realising: so everyone seems to be saying that it’s vital that we each take personal responsibility to limit the spread of the virus and protect others. The more people you see, the more likely it is that you will catch or spread coronavirus.

Please try to make sure that friends and neighbours who may not have access to the internet are always aware of the latest information – and check to see if they need any help, or simply a chat.

East Hampshire district is in a particularly critical period in the battle to beat the virus and public health experts are calling on everyone to think twice about their daily activities. Lockdown may be beginning to be having an impact on infection levels but there are only tentative signs that this is filtering through to the rate of new admissions to hospital. And even if they start coming down, the overall number of patients in hospital will remain high as patients are being discharged at a much slower rate than they are coming in.

When and how to self-isolate? There is a legal obligation to self-isolate for at least 10 days if you have Covid symptoms, or you test positive for Covid-19, or you live with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, or you live with someone who has Covid symptoms, or you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace to say you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. Self-isolation means staying at home and not leaving it; you should not go out for any reason - even to buy food, medicines or other essentials, or for exercise; you should order online food, or ask friends or family to help out by leaving items outside your door. If someone you live with has coronavirus, you must also self-isolate, regardless of whether you have symptoms. This means you must not leave the house for 10 days from the day they first became ill, or - if they have no symptoms - from the day they had a test. If they then display symptoms, you must start a new 10-day isolation period. Anyone who has symptoms or tests positive needs to try to keep apart from other members of their household; stay in a well-ventilated room where you can open a window, but keep the door closed; use a separate bathroom if possible (if not, then use the bathroom after everyone else and clean it thoroughly afterwards); meals should be eaten in your room and not in a shared area like the kitchen. People all over the country are not following these rules and the virus is still spreading.

Covid-19 Vaccinations: a briefing note about the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Hampshire (which includes information about prioritisation and venues etc) is available via this page on this website. The briefing asks everyone to note these key messages:

  • Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, they will contact you
  • When they do contact you, please attend your booked appointment
  • Please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives.

The chair of the local Primary Care Network has recently explained the following:

  • Local arrangements are well organised and are able to respond at short notice to deliveries of vaccine
  • This is why patients may be asked to come for a jab at short notice
  • Please do not contact your surgery as they will contact you when they have vaccine for you
  • If you are concerned that you may have been missed out on your turn, then please use the online surgery contacts to alert your doctor and wait for them to get back to you
  • Phoning your surgery must be a last resort as they are very, very busy at this time.

Covid-19 vaccine scams: as well as fake text messages reported in previous messages (see further down this page), ‘cold calls’ regarding the vaccine are also taking place where scammers are asking people to pay over the phone or to provide passwords or bank account details. The vaccine is only available from the NHS and it is free.  

Please help our Hospital Heroes: there has been a good response to the plea for Buriton residents to produce posters, pictures and messages of support to help boost the morale of staff – but more would be welcomed. Buriton resident Steve Thomas, a Director at the QA Hospital in Portsmouth (and heavily involved in the Covid situation), is very grateful to those who have taken the time to submit new messages and confirms that they are a fantastic boost to morale. All the beautiful and inspiring messages, cards and bunting have been taken down to QA and the Big Buriton Boost is very much appreciated. Steve has also been liaising with the military forces to arrange extra teams to help – but all staff are still under immense strain in all hospital wards/units. The box to leave your messages for these NHS Hospital Heroes is still at the bottom of the Five Bells driveway, underneath the community produce table, with a bottle of hand sanitiser. Steve will take all everything to the hospital and ensure that they are put up in prominent positions and circulated around the wards. There is no need for complex pieces of artwork ... even simple words are appreciated so that staff know they still have support and that people are thinking of them.

The Parish Council, St Mary’s church, the Five Bells and the Neighbourcare service have liaised to ensure a number of services through the winter months ahead. The following information may be helpful:

Peter Gray’s pop-up shop (‘Glebe Road Supplies’) is a still great alternative to venturing to shops in Petersfield or supermarkets elsewhere. A wide range of fresh vegetables (including three items for £1.50 for some produce) is available from his shelving from 10.30am each day) as well as fruit, bread, milk and more. Peter can also help with an increasingly wide range of meats. A guide to current produce and prices can be found on the community website: here. Contact Peter via peter1965gray@gmail.com or 07926 264440 and please check his noticeboard at 39 Glebe Road for all the latest prices as they change with the market.

The Five Bells may also be able to help fill gaps in supplies if Peter is unable to help and the regular evening takeaway meals and hot lunch services (12-2pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays) continue. If anyone needs any other catering during lockdown, please let Fran know as help can probably be provided: 01730 263584 or frances_vesey@btconnect.com)

Prescriptions: For anyone needing help with repeat prescriptions during the lockdown period this service has been used by some people in the parish and seems well reviewed: https://www.pharmacy2u.co.uk/ppc?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIkPWPgorr7AIVi4BQBh0P5g2uEAAYASAAEgJFSPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

The Post Office continues in the church on Fridays from 9.30-11.30am. Please wear masks, use the hand sanitiser before and after, and keep at least 2m space between you and other users. There is a one-way system for PO users so please be sure to follow the signs!

St Mary’s church: during the current  lockdown, St Mary’s church continues to hold services. Booking is essential (email parishpriest@stmarysburiton.church or leave a message on 01730 269390 before midday on the Saturday). Please don’t attend if you are feeling unwell! Services are only allowed provided everyone adheres to the face - hands – space motto and provided there is no mingling in the church.  People may prefer to join the Sunday 10am service remotely via Zoom. This link and codes should be valid until the end of June: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82721266308?pwd=UjJrMVhGL3BTTlY3aHNYdk01L2tSdz09 (Meeting ID: 827 2126 6308; Passcode: 111111). The church continues to be open during the day for private prayer on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. Again, please wear a mask, sanitize your hands and keep 2m away from others. Please only sit where indicated.

Neighbourcare is still operating as normal supporting their current client base. However, if anyone has had a letter from the Government putting them on the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ register/list then please contact Peter Nixon if you need any additional help with shopping, pharmacy pick-ups, etc. Peter can be contacted on 01730 269034 or pillmeadhouse@btinternet.com"

During cold weather: Hampshire County Council recognises that, now more than ever, it is important that everyone stays warm in their own homes so that they do not become more vulnerable to Covid. They have an initiative called “Hitting the Cold Spots” to help people who are struggling to stay warm. Any resident in Hampshire can call for support and advice on 0800 804 8601. Lines are open 9-5 on weekdays. Services can include support with temporary heating measures and a wide range of advice from special advisors.

Videocalls are still an easy way to stay in touch during social-distancing. There are many videoconferencing platforms available but ‘Zoom’ seems to be very popular. Some guidance notes about using Zoom have kindly been produced for the community by Greg Ford and they can be accessed hereAge UK has also developed some guidance on using video calling which might be helpful for anyone who hasn’t used a video call device before.

COVID-19 vaccine scams: fraudsters are taking advantage of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout through a cruel but convincing text in an attempt to steal people’s personal and financial details. A dangerous fake text message, purporting to be from the NHS, has been circulating which tells people that they’re eligible to apply for the vaccine: see what it looks like below. The link takes people to an extremely convincing fake NHS website that asks for personal details, but people are rightly suspicious when asked for their bank/card details in order to ‘check your identity’. With the recent approval of multiple vaccines in the UK, these types of scam attempts may continue as fraudsters look to take advantage of the rollout to so many people. Some ‘cold calls’ regarding the vaccine are also beginning to take place – with scammers asking people to pay for it over the phone. Advice from experts includes: if you receive one of these calls, hang up; if you think you may have handed over your card details to scammers, let your bank know what’s happened immediately; please share warnings with friends and family to try to prevent anyone from falling victim

 

Other scams: there are reports of other scams purporting to be from DVLA, HMRC and other GOV.UK organisations. These are attempting to steal your bank details and/or other personal information. Some are asking you to confirm your billing or identity data, some are suggesting that you are eligible for a ‘lockdown support plan’ grant and some are offering fake tax rebates (or warnings that you’ve missed a tax deadline). Scammers are using increasingly sophisticated techniques, meaning it can be easy to be conned if you’re not paying close attention. If you receive a text or email from HMRC about a coronavirus rebate or fine, it will not be genuine. Make sure you don’t download any attachments or click any links in the message. And if asked, don’t share any of your personal or bank details. Looking at the actual email address from which the messages have been sent will often reveal fakes: HMRC’s official email addresses will always end with ‘gov.uk’. If anything in the address comes after that, it’s a scam. It’s always worth treating any email or text you receive out of the blue with suspicion…

More information will be added to this site as / when available.

Please continue to make sure that friends and neighbours who do not have access to the internet are aware of relevant information so that they can also tell others.

And, if you feel that you can offer any help, in any way, no matter how small you can also contact us via info@buriton.info 

As well as local help and information on this web-page people can also visit the EHDC website: https://www.easthants.gov.uk/support-people  The District Council is also encouraging everyone to ‘stay safe’ with a range of information and advice on its website, here.

The national lockdown means that from Tuesday 5 January many children will learn remotely until February half term. Further information will be provided by Hampshire County Council: https://www.hants.gov.uk/education/schoolclosures/. For a full update on all County Council operations during the pandemic, there is a Keep Hampshire Safe webpage.

If you have to go out, the most important thing is to keep two metres apart from anyone you do not live with, avoid busy areas, and wear a face covering over your nose and mouth, especially in shops and on public transport. You should also wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.

Coronavirus still spreads fast. We must all still do our bit to minimise our chances of catching or spreading the virus. Please follow all the national measures and wash hands regularly.