Latest information on coronavirus

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

COVID-19 is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Below is some simple advice about what you can do to protect yourself from coronavirus and to support your community to stay well.

Access alternative formats and translations on coronavirus advice and guidance here.

 

 

 

Latest updates

The latest national updates on coronavirus from the Public Health England & the Department of Health and Social Care can be found at: gov.uk/coronavirus 

The latest NHS advice for the public is available here: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

 

Restrictions across Sefton and other parts of Merseyside to control the spread of COVID-19

In Merseyside, Warrington, Halton and Lancashire (excluding Blackpool and Greater Manchester), regulations will enforce the following restrictions from Tuesday 22 September:

  • residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens
  • hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only
  • late night operating hours will be restricted, with leisure and entertainment venues including restaurants, pubs, and cinemas, required to close between 10pm to 5am

Residents are also advised to adhere to the following guidance to further reduce rates of infection:

  • only to use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work
  • avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators
  • do not socialise with people you do not live with, unless they’re in your support bubble, in any public venue. This applies to inside and outside of the affected areas. Examples of public venues include pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions

Informal childcare and caring arrangements will be allowed to continue across the nation.

  • Informal carers will be able to provide care for children and vulnerable adults in parts of the country with restrictions on interhousehold mixing
  • Children under 14 will be able to be cared for by individuals outside of their immediate household as part of a care bubble
  • Arrangements must be part of a consistent childcare relationship

Read more about the restrictions here. 

There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other

  • Wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
  • Cover face - wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • Make space - stay at least 2 metres apart - or 1 metre with a face covering or other precaution

Read the latest guidance for staying alert and safe and see FAQs which explain what you can and can't do.

 

What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms

You should immediately self-isolate and stay at home if you have either or both of the following symptoms:

  • a high temperature (37.8C or over)
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)


Contact the NHS 111 coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • you feel breathless and it's getting worse
  • your symptoms get worse and you're not sure what to do

Please go to 111.nhs.uk in the first instance. Only call 111 if you need help urgently. BSL users can use the NHS 111 video interpreter service

DO NOT go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. 


Self isolating

Click here for the guidance on self isolating. 


Advice for people at higher risk

Coronavirus (COVID-19) can make anyone seriously ill. But for some people, the risk is higher.

There are 2 levels of higher risk:

  • high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • moderate risk (clinically vulnerable)

You can read guidance for anyone who is classed at higher risk of coronavirus here.

 

Testing

Click here for guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available.

Residents and businesses across Sefton and the whole of Cheshire and Merseyside are being urged only to get a Covid-19 test if they have symptoms of the virus.

There has been a huge increase in the number of people seeking a test for coronavirus, partly due to the return of schools and the testing of international travellers. This has put a strain on the laboratories which process the tests.

On top of this, the number of people who do not have symptoms, being tested has also increased; meaning that some people who are symptomatic cannot access a test when they need it. Read more here.

Face coverings 

Members of the public must wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth in public spaces including shops, supermarkets, shopping centres, transport hubs and NHS settings to help curb the spread of the virus.

For full details of where to wear a face covering and when, how to make your own and who is exempt, visit the Gov.UK website.

 

Need help and support?

In Sefton if you need help for you or someone in your household, we recommend that you call Sefton Council on 0345 140 0845 or fill in their online form to ask for support. Find out more here.  

We recommend that you get food and medicine delivered and left outside your door – ask friends and family to help or register at GOV.UK to get coronavirus support if you need it.

 

Other organisations providing support and information

There is a wide range of often independent and charitable organisations who offer advice, resources and support for you and the people you care for.

These organisations often specialise in providing tailored information for people with specific communications or information requirements relating to things like disability, ethnicity, gender or age. Click here for a list of some of these useful organisations. 


Health and wellbeing

Click here for information and resources on health and wellbeing and coronavirus. 


Alternative formats and translations

Access alternative formats and translations on coronavirus advice and guidance here.

 

 

 

Comments

Robert Hardy-Pickering - 17 Sep 2020 06:02 PM
Thanks for a good information and would appreciate updates especially as i a COPD patient and a moderate risk (clinically vulnerable)