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 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.
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.
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 173 new cases of Covid-19 in Cambridge for the week, 31st October – 7th November. This is a decrease of 8% on the new cases reported last week. Although infection rates are decreasing in Cambridge, surrounding areas are showing a sharp increase.
To make it easier to get a test, a new testing centre has opened near the Abbey Pool Complex, Pool Way off Whitehill Road. In order to book an appointment, go to www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or phone 119.
The US firm Pfizer and German company BioNtech are the first consortium to announce the development of a vaccine against Coronavirus. Preliminary trials indicate that it is effective for 90% of the population and no serious adverse effects have been observed amongst the thousands of volunteers who were injected.
Who has Priority?
The UK government has ordered 40 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine. It is given in 2 doses – 3 weeks apart. The vaccines will not be distributed to GPs and other healthcare workers until they have been approved by the regulator. Older care home residents and care home staff will receive the vaccine first, followed by health workers and the over 80s. The first jabs may take place before Christmas if everything goes smoothly.
Mill Road Bridge Consultation
Mill Road Bridge in Cambridge has been temporarily closed to all vehicles except buses, cycles and pedestrians. The County Council put this measure in place to help people social distance and enable active travel by bike or on foot.
Whilst the whole of Mill Road remains accessible to motorists, these trial measures mean they can no longer travel over the bridge. Those who cross the bridge despite warnings will incur a fine. Over 20 signs have been installed along Mill Road and on nearby streets to warn drivers about the new road layout.
Separate to the trial bridge road closure, white and red ‘build outs’ along Mill Road have been installed. These extend the footway and help people social distance when walking along the high street.
Consultation on the bridge closure will run from Monday Nov 9th until Thursday 24 December 2020.The survey is at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/mill-road-consultation. You can also send comments on the closure to email@example.com
Support Your Local Shops
If you need shopping delivered…
You’ll find a list of local shops that are offering a delivery service – some are taking orders online, others offer an order form or ask you to ring them and place your order. Most can accept payment by phone or by card, by online payment or on delivery. We’re also listing information about things like timed/contact-free collection of pre-ordered shopping, timed slots for key workers etc.
If you’re looking for food outlets that will deliver…
We’ve got a page for food outlets – restaurants and take-aways that are able to deliver to you.
Activities for those stuck at home…
Check out the activities that local organisations are providing online to keep you going.