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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 4 new cases of Covid-19 in Cambridge for the week prior to the 26th August. There were no new cases in Petersfield and have been none at all since 4 cases were reported at the beginning of April.
Beware of coronavirus scams
NHS Test and Trace service will email, telephone or text people who have been in touch with people who have tested positive for Coronavirus. The team will call from 0300 013 5000 or send a text from “NHS”. Contract tracers will never ask you to make a payment or purchase a product. They will not ask any details about your bank account or social media. They will not ask you for any passwords or PINs to download software.
Beware of distraction burglaries. These criminals work in pairs. They will pretend to be medical professionals or carers or from a utility company. One person distracts the resident with a task such as completing paperwork, while the other steals cash and valuable items from the home.
Beware of bogus healthcare or charity workers claiming to offer home testing for Coronavirus or asking for a donation to fight the virus.
Cambridgeshire Re-use has reopened!
|Cambridge Re-Use is a Cambridge charity based nearby in Cherry Hinton, helping low income families to buy furniture, electrical and white goods and other household items that they may not otherwise be able to afford. They have re-opened their premises and are open Tuesday, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays from 10.00am-3.00pm. There is no need to book an appointment.
For more information: http://www.cambridgereuse.org.uk/index.html
Welcoming children back to school
Returning to school is vital for children’s education and for their wellbeing. Time out of school is detrimental for children’s cognitive and academic development, particularly for disadvantaged children. This impact can affect both current levels of learning and children’s future ability to learn, and therefore the Government needs to ensure all pupils can return to school sooner rather than later.
The risk to children themselves of becoming severely ill from coronavirus (COVID-19) is very low and there are negative health impacts of being out of school. School is a vital point of contact for public health and safeguarding services that are critical to the wellbeing of children and families.
In relation to working in schools, whilst it is not possible to ensure a totally risk-free environment, the statistical evidence suggests that staff in educational settings tend not to be at any greater risk from the disease than many other occupations.
Given the improved position, the Government believes that the balance of risk is now overwhelmingly in favour of children returning to school. For the vast majority of children, the benefits of being back in school far outweigh the very low risk from coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, the Government plans for all children to return to school in September and start to reverse the enormous costs of missed education. This will be an important move back towards normal life for many children and families.