As the country deals with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we face many challenges. I'm sure we all agree that now is not the time for party politics, but is the time for all of us to come together to do what's best to protect the most vulnerable in society, and to protect each other from infection. the following information has been sent to all our email subscribers.
At Faversham Town Council members unanimously agreed to postpone/cancel all non-statutory meetings and events for 12 weeks, and get all staff to work from home, closing the town council offices in the meantime.
At Swale we have worked with our colleagues from all parties to scale back council meetings to only those we are legally required to continue, and we are awaiting government advice on running these remotely – either online or by phone.
Council officers have begun working remotely, and for now council offices remain open to the public for essential services such as supporting rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness.
It is important that we listen to the expert advice that is being given to us through such agencies as Public Health England and the NHS.
At the moment that includes, self isolating for seven days if you develop a fever or a new continuous cough and to work from home where you can. The Government will be updated regularly by these agencies and other medical experts and as things change it will be crucial that we follow the instructions given.
You can find updated information in the following places:
You can also use the NHS 111 coronavirus service online, please do so if you need and only call 111 if you cannot access the online service.
How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)
Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.
It is particularly important for people who:
- are 70 or over
- have a long-term condition
- are pregnant
- have a weakened immune system
wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
always wash your hands when you get home or into work
use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
only travel on public transport if you need to
work from home, if you can
avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
avoid events with large groups of people
use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services
- check accuracy of information before you share it online, either by visiting gov.uk the NHS website or Full Fact
do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family
If you are self-isolating current advice is as follows :
- try to keep at least 2 metres (3 steps) from other people in your home, particularly older people or those with long-term health conditions
- ask friends and family and delivery services to deliver things like food shopping and medicines – but avoid contact with them
- sleep alone if possible
- regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
- try to stay away from older people and those with long-term health conditions
- drink plenty of water and take everyday painkillers, such as paracetamol.
- do not have visitors (ask people to leave deliveries outside)
- do not leave the house, for example to go for a walk, to school or public places
There is real worry around the levels of panic buying that are happening. Panic buying and stockpiling can really affect the most vulnerable in our communities especially those on low incomes and the elderly. It is understandable that we all want to protect our families, however please think before you buy and only buy what you need. The Supermarkets have stated that there is plenty to go around if we are all to do this.
Please also look out for your elderly and vulnerable friends and neighbours, help where you can. If there is anything that we can help with then please do contact your ward councillors even if this is for a friendly voice at the end of the phone. We are all going to need to support each other for some time to come and there is so much kindness in our communities.