20 November 2020
Latest weekly COVID-19 figures in Wiltshire (as of 16 November)
Although the number of cases in Wiltshire is still below the national average, rates are continuing to rise and we can’t be complacent.
* Last week there were 469 cases, so an increase of 57 people this week.
* The rate of cases per 100k has increased from 93.8 to 105.2.
We all need to keep playing our part to stop the spread of the virus, so please remember – hands, face, space.
Local test and trace service launched
We’ve launched our local COVID-19 contact tracing partnership, with the aim of contacting positive cases quickly and slowing the spread of the virus.
It will support the NHS Test and Trace service and will step in should the national team be unable to reach a person in Wiltshire who has tested positive for COVID-19.
If the national contact tracers are unable to reach a positive local case they will pass on the relevant details to us and we will use local methods to make contact.
One of our members of staff will send a text message to the positive case first, and then follow this up with phone calls. It is a legal requirement for people to self-isolate when they receive a positive COVID-19 test result.
Full details on local test and trace (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/local-test-and-trace-service-launched)
Could you be a #WiltshireTogether Champion?
We are looking for people to sign up to become a #WiltshireTogether Champion to help keep their friends, families and communities safe.
This network will help us share accurate and factual guidance and advice, which will help counter misleading and inaccurate information being spread through social media and word of mouth.
The #WiltshireTogether Champions will be able to keep up-to-date with the latest national guidance and receive Wiltshire-specific updates, so that they can keep themselves, their families, friends and communities safe. The messages will be created by us, ready for champions to simply share in an easy and quick way.
Once signed up, the champions will receive:
* Regular updates from the council on the latest situation with COVID-19 in Wiltshire
* Key messages and updates that need to be communicated through Wiltshire’s communities
* FAQs to help with myth-busting about COVID-19
* A single point of contact to discuss ideas, offer suggestions and ask questions
More information and to sign up (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/launch-of-wiltshire-together-champions-network)
COVID-19 Community Pack
We have created an updated Community Pack of information to help support communities during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the current national restrictions.
Within it you’ll find a list of key contacts, resources and information in one place, which we hope you can share with your community to support each other as much as possible during this time.
View the pack on our dedicated COVID-19 page (http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavirus#community-pack)
If you have a child aged between 4 and 18, be sure to get them involved with our three new competitions.
Poetry, short stories, posters or creating your own face covering are all part of the competition, and there is a prize up for grabs!
Final judging will take place early December when there will be prizes for the winners of the different age categories.
The competition is split into age groups of 4 – 7, 8 – 11, 12 – 15 and 16 – 18 years.
More on the competition (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/lockdown-competition-time)
People Friendly Salisbury
We’ve taken the decision to suspend the People Friendly Salisbury scheme indefinitely from the end of this month.
The decision follows a meeting with Salisbury City Council where they refused to confirm support for the scheme moving forwards. Salisbury Business Improvement District (BID). has also recently requested the scheme be suspended.
More details (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/people-friendly-salisbury-scheme-suspended-indefinitely)
Drive to encourage more people to consider fostering teenagers
Teenagers and those who have been in care are sharing their experiences of how a foster family can change a life as we’ve launched a drive to encourage more people to consider fostering teenagers.
In Wiltshire dozens of children in care need a loving foster home, but sometimes people can have concerns that fostering a teenager may be too challenging.
As part of a week long campaign, we’ve been sharing teenager’s experiences and providing details of information and support to remind people that older children need support too.
Full details (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/encouraging-more-people-to-foster-teenagers)