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Coronavirus (COVID-19) daily update

8th April 2020

Headlines

Key announcements in the last 24 hours include:

  • Welsh Government has updated their shielding guidance.
  • Welsh Government has published detailed guidance on distancing in the workplace
  • Welsh Government has published an update on its testing strategy
  • Public Health Wales is publishing a daily dashboard of data about coronavirus cases across Wales, broken down by health board and local authority area. Click here for interactive dashboard.
  • There were 291 new cases of coronavirus in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 3,790, with 58 cases in Powys although the true number of cases is likely to be higher. Sadly, a further 19 further deaths have been reported of people who had tested positive for coronavirus, taking the number of deaths in Wales to 212.
  • Advice has been published on support people who are caring for someone who is dying at home from a coronavirus infection. The guidance is available at http://www.bevancommission.org/en/publications?id=60   
  • UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million to respond to new and urgent needs in UK and global communities during and following the Covid-19 pandemic. For more information

Powys County Council

More business grants paid

So far this week we've paid out £4m in grants to 396 businesses in response to COVID-19. That's on top of the £11.7m in grants we awarded to 792 businesses last week. There's more money going out and the team are busy verifying lots of forms. For more information visit www.powys.gov.uk/coronavirus/helpforbusinesses

Housing benefits

UK Government have changed rent levels in response to COVID-19 which means many hard-pressed families in Powys will receive a higher weekly award. The Income and Awards Team have recalculated an additional £181k in rent allowance for over 1,200 households. Notifications and revised payments will start going out this week.

C-SERT update

We are working with partners to coordinate and support the emergency response to people in our community who may be affected by COVID-19.  The Community Services Emergency Response Team (C-SERT) are recruiting, training and deploying COVID-19 Health and Care Volunteers to support statutory services at this challenging time. This work is progressing well, with 319 individuals registered and 27 now deployed (or informed of where they will be deployed). These volunteering roles involve:

  • Driving
  • Helping People in their homes
  • Helping People in residential homes
  • Helping to prepare food for hospitals

More information can be found here - https://www.pavo.org.uk/covid-19.html

A guidance booklet is available for all volunteers. This can be accessed through PAVO's website here and the Welsh version here .

PAVO issue a regular COVID-19 e-bulletin. If you would like to sign up to this please visit bit.ly/COVID-19Bulletin

Childcare for pre-school aged children

The Welsh Government is launching a coronavirus childcare assistance scheme to support Wales' critical workers. Under the plans, councils will be able to use funding from the Welsh Government's Childcare Offer to support registered childcare providers to care for pre-school-aged children of critical workers. Children who are considered vulnerable will also be included in the scheme. More details to follow.

Key actions taken

  • As per UK government advice, you must stay at home apart from essential travel or you may be fined. If you are travelling as part of essential council business:
  • Ensure you carry your PCC ID badge
  • Carry with you a copy of the PCC letter of authorisation for work travel. Heads of Service have now been provided with these and asked to circulate to key workers in their service. 
  • Testing for key roles within social services
  • Powys Community Sector Emergency Response Team register for volunteers
  • Financial support line 01597 826345
  • Business support schemes launched
  • PCC managers and supervisors are being asked to ensure they record any COVID-19 related absences on iTrent People Manager using new coding. See revised instructions circulated by email from Corporate Communications on 01/04/20.
  • Emergency childcare hubs for school and early years opened for key workers in strategic locations
  • Council offices:
    • Limited opening hours at County Hall, Neuadd Maldwyn, Gwalia, Neuadd Brycheiniog & The Park - open Monday, Wednesday and Fridays only 8am-12pm.
    • Closed - Old College, Hendreladus and Antur Gwy.
  • Council and Police provide new advice on businesses requirements with Covid-19
  • Public bus service reduced to modified Sunday service  
  • Most council public rights of way open, areas in Brecon Beacons National Park closed 
  • The council is urgently seeking more staff recruiting in a wide range of roles.
  • The council has issued a warning to residents not to fall for scams amidst the pandemic. Staff supporting vulnerable clients in particular are urgent to read the full story.
  • The Council has stopped all non-essential business. Priority areas are work in response to Covid-19; keep our communities safe and resilient; and Corporate - running the Council
  • Council facilities/services closed - libraries, leisure centres, day centres, museums, playgrounds, Household Waste and Recycling Centres
  • Weddings/civil ceremonies cancelled
  • Parks remain open but crowds of more than two will be dispersed
  • All Council employees who can work from home or remotely should now be doing so
  • Employees should encourage residents/service users to contact council via email, website, apps or phone rather than face-to-face to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Meetings to be carried out using Skype/Teams where possible.
  • We are working with partners to coordinate and support emergency response to people in our community who may be affected by COVID 19.  The team, called Community Services Emergency Response Team (C-SERT).  More information

Current Advice to the Public

Stay Home, Protect The NHS, Save Lives

#StayHomeSaveLives

Stay at home:

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Anyone can spread the virus.

Welsh Government has published detailed guidance for all people on staying home and staying away from others.

Shielding

Shielding is strongly advised for people with underlying health conditions who are extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

Welsh Government has published guidance on shielding for people who are extremely vulnerable.

Symptoms

  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature above 37.8 °C and/or new and continuous cough), seek clinical advice using the online coronavirus service at http://111.wales.nhs.uk/covid19  If you do not have access to the internet, call 111.
  • In an emergency, call 999 if you are seriously ill. Do not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre, or a hospital.
  • To help the NHS provide you with the best care if you need to go to hospital as a result of catching coronavirus, please prepare a single hospital bag. This should include your emergency contact, a list of the medications you take (including dose and frequency), any information on your planned care appointments and things you would need for an overnight stay (snacks, pyjamas, toothbrush, your medication etc). If you have an advanced care plan, please include that.
  • After recovery, you should follow the Stay At Home guidance above.

More information is available from https://phw.nhs.wales/coronavirus

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