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This Newsletter has been produced by the Petersfield COVID-19 Network. It is intended to help and inform Petersfield residents, especially those who are unable to leave their homes because of Government restrictions.
If you have information which would be of benefit to other residents in Petersfield please contact Romsey Mill with details and we will consider using it in future newsletters.
If you know someone who would like to receive the paper version of this newsletter, please ask them to contact Romsey Mill via phone or via post: Romsey Mill Centre, Hemingford Road, Cambridge CB1 3BZ (you do not need a stamp if you add “FREEPOST CB1067”) or call 07933 671101.
Romsey Mill can also offer assistance by putting you in contact with volunteers, who can help collecting shopping and medication.
For all residents experiencing other Covid related issues (e.g. needing help while they isolate, or experiencing financial hardship support) speak to a member of the customer services team at Cambridge City Council. Telephone 01223 458780 or contact Simon.Aslett@cambridge.gov.uk or complete an online help request form here https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/coronavirus
Latest infection statistics in Cambridge
Public Health England data indicate there were 14 new cases of Covid-19 in Cambridge for the week prior to the 19th August. This compares with 259 new cases in Birmingham and 256 new cases in Northampton, for the same period. These infection rates are the worst in England.
Mill Road Bridge
Drivers are warned to avoid Mill Road bridge or face a fine, as enforcement cameras which came into effect on Wednesday (12 August) on new bus gate restrictions.The bridge is now closed to cars, vans and lorries in both directions but remains open for people travelling by bus, bike and on foot. Vehicles (including those making deliveries) can still get to all shops and homes along the Mill Road although drivers may need to take a different route to avoid the bridge. Notices to remind motorists are being displayed on traffic screens on routes into the city. Drivers who ignore warnings and continue through the bus gate will be fined £60 (reducing to £30, if paid within two weeks).
I need help (COVID-19)
If you or a member of your family has a medical condition which makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19), you can still receive help with shopping, collection of medicines or a friendly ear to listen.
There are lots of organisations, charities and community groups reaching out to help people. If you are someone who can’t find the help you need, or you know of someone who is in need of help please contact Romsey Mill on 07933 671101 or Cambridge City Council on 01223 458780.
Caring for Someone Else
If you are caring for someone who falls into the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ category for risk of severe illness from COVID-19, there are some simple steps that you can take to protect them and to reduce their risk. Ensure you follow advice on good hygiene:
- only care that is essential should be provided, such as washing, giving medication, help getting dressed and preparing meals
- wash your hands when you arrive at the home of the person you care for and often thereafter, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser
- 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
- do not visit if you are unwell and make alternative arrangements for their care
- provide information on who they should call if they feel unwell, how to use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service and leave the number for NHS 111 prominently displayed
If you have symptoms of coronavirus you can request a test for yourself, to see if you have the virus, or on behalf of someone you care for. You should ring 111 as soon as possible if you have any symptoms of Covid-19, such as a high temperature, new continuous cough or loss of taste and smell.
You can also be prioritised for testing as a recognised key worker if you are an unpaid carer.