COVID-19 Update: Wednesday 29 April 2020
Note: This update will now be sent on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Stay home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.
As part our response to COVID-19, we are issuing a brief update for the local media and the public. These updates will aim to cover some of the questions you may have.
The national picture
The guidance from the Government is changing each day. For the most up-to-date information, visit www.gov.uk.
- Health Secretary Matt Hancock yesterday announced that the Government was doing all it could to expand testing with 48 drive-through testing centres going live this week and a push for more home testing kits.
- Testing is now available to all over-65’s and their households with symptoms, and to all workers who have to leave home to go to work (along with their households who have symptoms).
- Mr Hancock reiterated that currently no drugs in the world have been clinically proven to treat COVID-19, but that the Government’s therapeutics team have found some promising candidates that will be undergoing further tests.
- The Government is reviewing guidelines for the use of medicine in care homes.
The local picture
Council services that are affected by COVID-19 are listed here. This will be checked & updated daily.
Following the advice from the Government, North East Lincolnshire Council staff have been asked to work from home where possible.
|Remote Council meetings to start next week|
|New arrangements have been developed for formal North East Lincolnshire Council meetings to re-start in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.|
|COVID-19: Mobile Testing Unit opening up in Grimsby|
|A Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) for key workers and members of their household will be available in North East Lincolnshire this week. The MTU will be available for three days this week at the Duchess Street Car Park in Grimsby.|
For up-to-date health advice, visit NHS.uk. Stay at home as much as possible
There are lots of things you can do to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading and affecting the people you love.
What you can do to limit the spread of Coronavirus:
- If you do go out, avoid gatherings and group activities
- Stay 2m apart from others
- Regularly wash your hands
If you feel that you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, or your condition worsens, you should use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.
Helping in your community
To request the help of registered volunteers for the community response in your locality, please contact Sector Support on 07791 041459 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re an individual wishing to volunteer, visit: https://www.bluelightsbrigade.co.uk/register-to-help—covid-19
If you’re part of a group that is wishing to join in the collective effort, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XPYF7BG