Latest Covid 19 Update from North Somerset Council
Published: 14 June 2021
Friday 11 June 2021
Latest coronavirus data
Recorded cases of coronavirus have increased in North Somerset.
38 new cases have been identified in the latest seven-day period reported for North Somerset compared with 16 in the previous week. Our case rate per 100,000 head of population has increased to 17.7. This compares with a South West figure of 18.3, and an England rate of 50.3.
There is a lag in case data meaning the latest information is for the week ending Saturday 5 June.
You can see more detail on our local case data at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/lomp.
Case data is also available at national, regional, council and neighbourhood level at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/cases
Washing your hands, covering your face if you can, staying at least 2m away from people you don’t live with, making sure you have fresh air, and taking up the offer of a vaccination as soon as you are called are still the best things you can do to keep case rates down in North Somerset.
Vaccinations in North Somerset
In total, 145,340 of North Somerset's 189,107 residents have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. This equates to a first dose vaccination rate of 76.85 per cent of residents. This is greater than the English rate of 66.41 per cent and ranks North Somerset 58 out of 333 for All English authorities.
To date, 107,146 of North Somerset's 189,107 residents have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. This equates to a second dose vaccination rate of 56.66 per cent. This is greater than the English rate of 46.61 per cent and ranks North Somerset 89 out of 333 for All English authorities.
You can view vaccination data on the NHS website.
If you’re 25 or over you can book online for your vaccination or call 119, or you can wait to be contacted by your GP.
Anyone under 40 will automatically be offered appointments at a clinic where there is an alternative to AstraZeneca.
It’s really important you attend your appointment for your second dose of the Covid-19 vaccination to have higher, longer lasting protection.
Covid first dose vaccination appointments
Nationally, supplies of first dose Covid-19 vaccine are constrained at the moment, which means the appointment you are offered may not be suitable.
If this is the case, please try again. Our local teams are doing their best to meet demand and are opening up new first dose appointments every day.
We understand that this may be frustrating. Please bear with our local service and rest assured that they are working tirelessly to vaccinate people as quickly as possible using every potential slot, and every dose of vaccine, as soon as they receive delivery.
Covid cases on the rise
This week has seen Covid cases in North Somerset more than double. With restrictions being eased and indoor mixing of up to six people or two households allowed, infections were likely to rise.
But we also know the Delta variant is much more infections and case rates are increasing across the country, including here in the South West. We need to keep being careful. As well as hands, face, space remember to do your rapid Covid tests twice a week as lateral flow testing is helping to identify cases in North Somerset of people who did not have symptoms. This means people can self-isolate and avoid spreading the virus.
Vaccinations are also important as people are far less likely to get seriously ill, suffer long-term effects, be admitted to hospital, or die from Covid. Get your vaccination as soon as you are offered and follow up with a second dose to get maximum protection.
Avoid penalties at Euro 2020
Euro 2020 kicks off today after being postponed last year.
Covid-19 restrictions remain in place, so officers from Avon and Somerset Police are urging people not to fall foal of rules.
Police suggest you plan ahead, for example sorting out a lift home if going to the pub so you don’t put yourself and others at risk by driving if you’ve been drinking.
It’s also really important to remember, especially if you are watching games out and about, to keep washing your hands, wear a face covering if you can, and stay at least two metres from anyone not in your household. Keep the goal celebrations non-contact.
Outside gatherings are still limited to 30 people, and indoors to groups of six or two households.
Covid 19: What now?
Our Director of Public Health, Matt Lenny, is joining Director for Communities and Public Health for Bristol Christina Gray and Director of Public Health for South Gloucestershire Sara Blackmore to host a Covid-19 webinar to answer your questions on the future of coronavirus.
The webinar, ‘Covid-19: What now?’ will give everyone across the three local authorities an opportunity to ask directors of public health questions about the current public health guidance, what they can do to keep infection rates low across the area, and how they can best keep themselves, their family and their friends safe in the coming months.
Even as restrictions ease, we know Covid-19 will remain an issue. No one tool can beat the disease alone, so it’s really important we use the entire arsenal to reduce our own risk and protect our friends and family.
But we know it can be difficult to understand what those tools are and how best you can use them. We hope this webinar will answer any questions you have about how you can and why you should keep your risk low in the coming months.
Live streamed on YouTube, the webinar will take place from 6-7pm, Tuesday 15 June.
You can ask questions during the webinar at Slido.com using the hashtag #CovidWhatNow
Sharing your Covid-19 vaccination status
In some situations, such as for travelling, you may need to share your Covid-19 vaccination status, which includes how many doses of the vaccine you’ve had and when.
This can be done via the NHS App, which is available to download via your mobile or tablet’s app store such as Apple or Google Play.
This is different to the NHS Covid-19 app, which you may be using to check in at hospitality and other venues by scanning a QR code, that alerts you if you’re exposed to someone who has reported having Covid.
The wallet-sized vaccination cards, which you will usually get when you get your jab, cannot be used to prove your vaccination status.
Are you from an EU country?
If you want to stay living in the UK you must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June.
If you miss the deadline, you could lose your existing rights.
Apply today at www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme
Testing and self-isolation messages to share
In North Somerset, as across the country, we are seeing increased rates of Covid-19, which means more organisations and businesses that may be affected by staff needing to self-isolate.
Government guidance, which everyone in North Somerset should continue to follow, is that anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 – a high temperature, change in sense of tase or smell, and/or a new continuous cough – should self-isolate and get a symptomatic PCR Covid test.
Key messages you can share, including with your staff, volunteers, friends, family and neighbours are:
- Everyone can get rapid twice weekly no symptom Covid tests. Visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/rapidtesting for more information.
- Test results need to be reported whether positive or negative.
- Anyone who has a positive rapid test or any of the three Covid-19 symptoms - a high temperature, a change in sense of taste or smell, or a new continuous cough - should self-isolate straightaway and get a symptomatic PCR test at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
- Close contacts of a positive rapid test or suspected case should self-isolate until the possible case has had a symptomatic PCR result.
- Anyone who is a close contact of a case of Covid-19:
- has to self-isolate for 10 days
- should get a PCR test to see if they are also infected, but must complete their isolation whatever the test result
- should get a repeat PCR test if they develop symptoms.
- anyone who lives in the same household as another person who has Covid-19 symptoms or has tested positive for Covid-19
- face-to-face contact including being coughed on or having a face-to-face conversation within one metre
- being within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact
- being within two metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over one day)
- travelling in the same vehicle or aeroplane as a case.
Report your Covid test results
It’s really important to report your Covid test results, whether they are positive or negative.
There are two types of tests for Covid-19 – symptomatic and no symptoms.
The first, symptomatic tests, are often called PCR tests and it is one you get if you develop symptoms of coronavirus – new continuous cough, loss of or change in sense of taste or smell, or a high temperature.
If you get any of these symptoms you must self-isolate and book a test straight away at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
You can get your symptomatic test in North Somerset at Locking Road car park (Weston-super-Mare), Castlewood (Clevedon) or Bristol Airport.
No symptom tests are often called rapid or lateral flow tests. These give a result in 30 minutes and should be used twice a week to help find people who may be infectious with coronavirus without showing symptoms.
You can take your regular no symptom tests at home, at work or school, or at one of our testing centres, where our staff will process the results for you.
Our testing service has sites at Somerset Hall in Portishead, Hutton Moor Leisure Centre car park in Weston, Scotch Horn car park in Nailsea, Queen’s Square in Clevedon, and the Healthy Living Centre at Weston’s Bournville estate.
Each offers home test kit collection or you can take a test at the site.
Somerset Hall and Hutton Moor are open seven days a week. A mobile unit visits Queen’s Square on Tuesdays and Fridays, Scotch Horn car park on Mondays and Thursdays, and Bournville’s Healthy Living Centre on Wednesdays.
All sites, static and mobile, have the same opening hours - weekdays 8.30am-5.30pm, with late opening until 7.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9am-1pm on weekends and bank holidays.
Our mobile unit will also visit Weston seafront on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm.
Kit collection is available from Locking Road car park and from some pharmacies, or they can be ordered online at www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
For more information or to book guarantee your assisted testing time visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/rapidtesting
Anyone who develops a new continuous cough, high temperature, or change to their sense of taste or smell must self-isolate straight away and book a symptomatic Covid-19 test at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
If the test is positive you will need to continue to isolate for 10 days, and your contacts will also need to start isolating for 10 days.
Self-isolating is essential in keeping the infection levels as low as possible in North Somerset.
If you need financial or practical support to self-isolate you can find information about what’s available, including details of the £500 self-isolation payment, at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/together
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