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Coronavirus update from Somerset County Council – 17/09

Posted on 21st September, 2020 in News

All our help and information for 17/09/2020 is now available in a single place on the SCC website https://www.somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-latest-advice/

This page is refreshed through the day so please check in regularly to keep across developments and news.

Top stories today:

Only get a Coronavirus test if you have symptoms

Local Coronavirus testing sites are up and running across Somerset, but demand for slots is increasing with 7,000 people tested in Somerset last week alone.

Test sites are commissioned by the Department for Health and Social Care who are seeing a surge of demand nationally for Coronavirus tests.

Please only book a Coronavirus test if you are displaying symptoms. This includes a fever, a new dry persistent cough and/or a loss of taste and smell. Going for a test when you don’t need one prevents essential key workers or those with symptoms being able to get a slot.

If you have a test when you’re not displaying symptoms, the result could be negative which may not be the case. You could still be incubating the disease and become infectious.

If you have symptoms it’s vitally important you continue to self-isolate whilst waiting for a test result. This also goes for everyone in your household who must also self-isolate, even if they don’t have any symptoms. Only when you receive a negative result or you’ve completed your self-isolation period, if you tested positive, should you and your household return to school, the workplace etc.

To book a Coronavirus slot online, please click https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or phone 119.

For more information about the symptoms or Coronavirus restrictions, please visit www.nhs.uk/Coronavirus or visit www.somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus. And if you need Coronavirus help or support, contact Somerset’s helpline on 0300 790 6275.

Do you know what to do if your child starts to display Coronavirus symptoms?

Somerset’s Coronavirus Engagement Board have launched a new ‘Covid Checker’ to help parents know what to do if their child starts to display Coronavirus symptoms, tests positive, someone in their household displays symptoms or a household member tests positive. Download the checker here.

This comes after Somerset saw an increase in Coronavirus cases over the last fortnight, including some children testing positive at schools and early years settings.

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Kickstart Grant Re-opens for one day only

The Kickstart Grant Scheme will reopen for applications from tourism sector businesses only on Monday 21 September at midday and close on Tuesday 22 September at 6pm. Grants will be awarded on a first come, first served basis, it is expected there will be a high demand so do apply as soon as it opens.

To find out if your business is eligible, please look carefully at where you fit and do not be put off by first glance at the SIC code list. To apply for a grant and see more information click on this link Kickstart Grant Scheme.

The grant offers funding of between £1,000 and £3,000 for eligible applicants who meet the sector criteria Read the full Growth Support Kickstart Grant Scheme press release here.

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Businesses urged to prepare for NHS COVID-19 App

Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, cinemas and other venues across England and Wales are being urged to download QR codes to prepare for public rollout of new app. For more details click this link: NHS COVID-19 App
The NHS COVID-19 app is currently being trialled and will launch on Thursday 24 September in England and Wales, including QR check-in at venues
QR codes will be an important way for NHS Test and Trace in England and NHS Test, Trace, Protect in Wales to contact multiple people if coronavirus outbreaks are identified in venues

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Proud to Care – Somerset

We’re working hard to recruit people to join our growing health and social care sector, and regular new jobs, information, and inspiring stories are now being posted on https://www.proudtocaresomerset.org.uk

As part of this, we ask that you help us spread the word about our fantastic health and social care sector, either by sharing our social media posts, or by asking people to visit https://www.proudtocaresomerset.org.uk