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Please see the document on this link regards home support.
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The following links take you to Teignbridge District Council and Devon County Council respective updated pages.
Teignbridge has advice on services available, volunteering, support and help for businesses. There is also a link to sign up for email updates.
Devon County Council Website
There is also a useful page published by Public Health England on the Gov.uk website with a Q&A section that residents might find helpful. Please click here to access it.
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Please wash your hands before putting your bins outIn order to keep our operatives safe during Covid-19, it would be appreciated if householders wash their hands as per NHS guidance and/or wear gloves when putting out their bins and boxes for collection. This will help minimise any chance of Coronavirus cross contamination.
See Teignbridge website here for further info including updates on where and when household collections may be disrupted.
All 19 of Devon County Council’s recycling centres have been closed until further notice effective immediately. It follows the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday night regarding the temporary restrictions on movement being put in place as a result of Covid-19.
During this time if you have waste you can:
• Use existing kerbside collection services for recycling any materials that can be accepted in that collection
• Home compost
• Leave grass cuttings on the lawn where they will mulch down to provide nutrients
• Hire a skip/Hippo bag or similar
• Avoid projects that generate waste (eg postpone clearing out your garage/shed or doing your garden make-over)
• Store your waste at home until the restrictions are lifted
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The government is now advising that people who are clinically extremely vulnerable should be ‘shielded’ from coronavirus (COVID-19) for at least 12 weeks.
This means that adults and children deemed to be at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) because of underlying health conditions should minimise interaction by staying at home at all times and avoiding any face-to-face contact to prevent being exposed to the virus.
Those needing to ‘shield’ will shortly receive a letter and be contacted to find out if they need any additional support.
What is shielding?
Shielding is a measure to protect extremely vulnerable people from coronavirus (COVID-19) by minimising their interaction with others. This means that those who are extremely vulnerable should not leave their homes, and within their homes should minimise all non-essential contact with other members of their household.
We are strongly advising people with serious underlying health conditions which put them at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to rigorously follow these shielding measures in order to keep themselves safe.
This is to protect those who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) from coming into contact with the virus.
The BBC has a good article with advice and information – Coronavirus: What is shielding.
Summary of advice
You can register directly with the government via this page: Get coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable person.
Who is extremely vulnerable?
The Government has published guidance about the medical conditions that they consider make people extremely vulnerable, which has been published on its website, and the NHS is contacting those identified to provide further advice.
People can also register themselves on the Government website if they think that they have a medical condition that makes them extremely vulnerable to coronavirus, or register on someone’s behalf.
If you’re not sure whether your medical condition makes you extremely vulnerable, register anyway.
If you think you fall into one of the categories of extremely vulnerable people listed and you have not received a letter by Sunday 29 March 2020 or been contacted by your GP, you should discuss your concerns with your GP or hospital clinician.
Shielding hubs in Devon
A network of ‘shielding hubs’ coordinated by local authorities is rapidly being set up across Devon to immediately help those most at risk from coronavirus (COVID-19) with urgent food, medicine and care supplies.
The ‘shielding hubs’ will help ensure those who do not have a support network they can rely on are able to receive essential food and medicine deliveries and additional care if they live alone and don’t have family, friends or social care services to help them.
The hubs are virtual, describing the close working arrangements between the organisers. They’re not physical buildings in specific locations.
The NHS is working to identify and contact adults and children who are extremely vulnerable with instructions on how they can best protect themselves and find out what support they need.
It will take a little while before the Government’s scheme is fully operational in Devon, so the County Council, District and City Councils are currently working together as quickly as possible to establish arrangements in each district area to coordinate immediate help to those most vulnerable people who urgently need it.
Details of the hubs and the process for receiving support over the coming weeks are still being agreed, but it is likely that following the initial contact from the NHS, the individual will be contacted quickly by the County Council to find out what their needs are and how best to support them, with the District and City council’s working to locally to manage the delivery of support within their communities.
Beware of fraudsters
Fraudsters are increasingly targeting individuals and organisations with emails, text, phone calls and WhatsApp messages offering advice, treatment, products and services for coronavirus or asking for donations, so measures are also being put in place to ensure those making contact with vulnerable people about receiving support from the ‘shielding hub’ are reliably identifiable, and residents are aware that they will never be asked for bank details or request money.
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The prime sources of news, developments and action that should or will be taken are the BBC radio and television news broadcasts. Residents should listen to these as often as possible and not rely on other, possibly unreliable information. When the Parish Council receives any information it will be posted on the website and notice boards as quickly as possible.
A computer Google entry of “Coronavirus” will take you to both Government and NHS advice.
The situation has become more serious and there will be a need to re-assess and change many matters. Everyone should follow the guidance and basic personal hygiene action that has been widely advised.
Community Action because of the potential for self-isolation has been put in place between the Parochial Church Council and Parish Council. Home Support Guidance flyers have been delivered to every property and if you have not received one will you please contact the co-ordinator Steve Cook – 01392 832057 – firstname.lastname@example.org. This is the situation as at 19th March.
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The Parish Council has been advised that the scheme to improve the drainage on Blacksmiths Hill is still in the programme for the next financial year form 1st April and some other potential drainage issues further down the hill may be included at the same time.
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The Village Hall Committee are sad to say that, due to the announcement today regards public events, the Committee has decided to close from holding any events until further notice. This includes pilates classes, film nights and tea afternoons. They would like to apologise for inconvenience caused but wishes everyone well.
The Parish Council has also unfortunately, due to the coronavirus situation, had to cancel the Easter Egg Hunt which would have been held on Sunday 5 April.