Somerset Covid-19 Update

All our help and information is now available in a single place on the SCC website: https://www.somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-latest-advice/   This page is refreshed through the day so please check in regularly to keep across developments and news.

#StayHomeForSomerset
As the nation enters its second lockdown, Somerset County Council’s Public Health leaders are asking everyone in the county to pull together to keep coronavirus at bay and support the #StayHomeForSomerset campaign.

Somerset has seen coronavirus cases rise at a steady rate.  Although the local numbers seem comparatively low compared to other parts of the country, they continue to increase.  Lockdown will be vital to flatten the curve – and bring the numbers back down – so all must play their part.

The campaign wants to fire up the amazing community spirit shown in Somerset throughout the lockdown earlier this year – and recognise that ‘we are all in this together’.

From now until December 2nd, the county council is asking people to take a ‘selfie’ featuring the name of, or photo of, who they are staying home for.  It could be to protect a vulnerable family member or friend or because you want to protect the NHS from extra pressure.  The photos can then be uploaded to social media using the hashtag #StayHomeForSomerset.

Support for Somerset residents during lockdown
Help is available for anyone in Somerset who may need additional support during the second national lockdown.  The five councils in Somerset have been working together since the first lockdown to provide a single phone number for anyone in Somerset who needs coronavirus-related support.

Residents are reminded they can call 0300 790 6275 if they need any help themselves, or are concerned about relatives or neighbours. Lines are open seven days a week between 8.00am and 6.00pm.

New walk-through coronavirus testing site opening
A new walk-through coronavirus testing facility is now open in Bridgwater, as Somerset County Council makes testing more widely available and accessible.  Achieved with the co-operation of Bridgwater Town Council, Serco and Deloitte, the walk-through site at Bridgwater Town Hall will be the first of its kind in the County and is one of two new sites set up recently, the second being a drive-through facility in Yeovilton going live this week.

The opening of the site comes as the Government has implemented a new four-week national lockdown in a bid to ‘Contain the autumn surge’.  For more details about the new sites, and of other mobile testing sites around the county, click here:  Testing Sites

Lockdown 2 – libraries still here for you
Somerset Libraries would like to reassure customers that key services are remaining in place during this new lockdown period.

The popular ‘library choice’ service and the reservation service for specific requests will continue to be available, but customers will no longer be able to browse shelves.

The libraries service will also still provide limited access to The People’s Network computers, the mobile library will still be out and about and a home library doorstep delivery service is also still available for those who may not be able to leave their home.  More details can be found online, or by contacting librariesmail@somerset.gov.uk or phoning 0300 123 2224.

Visit www.somersetlibraries.co.uk for more information and find ‘Somerset Libraries UK’ on Facebook, @SomersetLib on Twitter, or search for Somerset Libraries on Instagram.

Have your say in Somerset Covid-19 Survey
In light of the latest announcement on restrictions, it is even more important that we hear your views and concerns about the coronavirus pandemic and what guidance, support and information you might need.

The Covid-19 Engagement Board welcomes your feedback – it only takes a few minutes to complete – click here to complete the survey: Covid-19 Survey

Reduce the risks and follow advice
It’s vital everyone acts to reduce their own risk, and the risk to others, from getting ill with coronavirus.  There’s really important information available to help Somerset residents, businesses and visitors take all-important precautions:  Reduce Your Risk