Category Archives: Contributions

Articles and Contributions

Wiltshire Council pillar 2 COVID-19 test data

News Release from Wiltshire Council – 2nd July 2020

Wiltshire Council can confirm that as of 26 June, in the Wiltshire Council area there were 584 positive coronavirus tests confirmed through the Pillar 2 testing programme.

From the beginning of the pandemic to 26 June 2020 Wiltshire has had a total of 550 confirmed cases of Covid-19 through the Pillar 1 testing programme (NHS and Public Health England) and a total of 584 cases confirmed through the Pillar 2 testing programme (commercial providers) – giving a total of 1,134 cases.

In the last two weeks, the figure for Pillar 2 testing saw an increase from seven positive cases to nine, an extremely low number.

Kate Blackburn, Interim Director of Public Health at Wiltshire Council, said:  “With Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 data Wiltshire currently has an infection rate of 226.8 per 100,000 people. To put this into context, the rate across England is 425.8.

“I can reassure residents and businesses in Wiltshire that COVID-19 cases currently remain extremely low and a local lockdown is certainly not necessary. On a daily basis we review a number of different reports and data with our Public Health England colleagues. Should there be any issues there are alert systems in place.

“The most important thing we can do as a community at the moment is to stick to the national guidance around social distancing and maintain good hand hygiene.

“I would like to thank you for your continued support at this time.”

Professor Debra Lapthorne, Regional Director Public Health England South West & Regional Director of Public Health NHS England South West, said: “The number of new cases of coronavirus is under close, active surveillance across the country and small fluctuations day by day are to be expected. The increase in cases in some areas are mainly sporadic and are being uncovered as we scale up testing and contact tracing activity across the region. Importantly, the overall levels of coronavirus in the South West remain some of the lowest in the country. We’re working closely with all local authorities to prepare for and manage any potential local clusters and outbreaks and our epidemiological analysis will play an important role identifying if there is a significant sustained increase in the community.

“As we carefully emerge from lockdown, it is important now more than ever, that everyone in the South West continues to follow government advice on social distancing, self-isolation, wearing face coverings, and practicing good hand hygiene, in order to keep the number of new cases in the region on its way down. If you have a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change to your sense of smell or taste, stay at home and arrange a test immediately.”


Ends

Notes to editors:

Background information:

•           Arrange testing through the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

•           Apply for a coronavirus test on GOV.UK if you are an essential worker, including NHS or social care staff,  are asking for tests for the residents and staff of your care home or have a verification code from your employer: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

•           Contact tracing complex cases through NHS Test and Trace blog: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/06/25/contact-tracing-complex-cases-through-nhs-test-and-trace/  

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the UK data dashboard: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/  

Postcode Entry for Recycling Centres

All of Wiltshire’s household recycling centres (HRCs), bar Stanton St Quintin, will reopen on Monday 18 May with an easy to use postcode entry system to system to help limit the number of people on site at any time and ensure social distancing.

See attached for when your post code can visit HRCs.

People will only be allowed entry to visit Wiltshire’s HRCs on the days that correspond to the first part of their postcode.

For example, if their postcode starts in BA12, they can only visit the sites on Monday 18 May, Wednesday 20 May, and so on, as detailed in the table on the council’s website.

People can visit any Wiltshire site they choose, so while people are limited by the days they can attend, they can visit any Wiltshire HRC on these days. Residents are reminded to check the opening times before setting off as all of the sites have different opening times. People may be asked to provide a proof of address in order to use the household recycling centre.

Journeys to HRCs should only be undertaken if waste or recycling cannot be stored at home safely or disposed of safely by other means, this includes kerbside recycling collections and the bulky waste collections service. Residents are able to leave additional recycling at the kerbside provided it is separated properly and placed in sturdy containers. People can find out more by visiting http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/rubbish-and-recycling.

To keep staff and residents safe, there are a significant number of changes in place to ensure social distancing at all HRCs. These changes include:
• Visitors must keep at least two metres from others at all times
• Only one person allowed on bin access steps at any one time
• Visits are restricted to one person per car
• No entry for trailers or large vans over 3.5 tonnes
• The number of parking spaces on each site will be significantly reduced, with vehicles allowed on site on a ‘one in, one out’ basis.
• There will be no pedestrian access
• HRCs cannot accept soil, rubble, plasterboard, textiles or asbestos during this initial reopening phase
• Don’t bring recyclable materials that can be collected through the council’s kerbside recycling collection service

Wiltshire household recycling centres to reopen

Most of Wiltshire’s 10 household recycling centres (HRCs) in Wiltshire will reopen for essential waste only from Monday 18 May.

Due to the limits on the number of vehicles on site, Stanton St Quintin HRC will remain closed until further notice. All other HRCs will have different opening hours from usual, therefore it is advised that residents check before they travel. Full details on opening times at each HRC will be available later in the week.

Continue reading Wiltshire household recycling centres to reopen

Food Deliveries to Everleigh

From Andy Earle :

We have discovered a few people that do deliver to Everleigh and felt it would make sense to pas sit on to the rest of the village maybe via the website ?
This list is not exhaustive just what we are aware of so far:
Marshalls Bakery   01672563471   marshallbakery.co.uk   Deliver Fridays
Planks Milk             01380 828600  milk@planksdairies.co.uk  Deliver Tues Thurs Sat.
Sumbler Bros Meat  01672 51215  sumblersbutchers.co.uk Deliver Fridays
Padfield Porkies  01380 828755     shop@padfieldporkies.co.uk  Deliver Tuesdays
Wiltshire Fruit and Veg   01380 502498   wiltshirefruitandveg.co.uk   Deliver Thurs.

The Bobby Van Trust

The Bobby Van Trust Logo

The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust

During the current lockdown we would like to notify you of the services still available through The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust to those over 60 or 18+ with a registered disability.

Our team of Home Security Operators are still securing the homes of victims of house crime and domestic abuse.  Our office team are on hand to give telephone support and advice on a range of home security issues.  Please call 01380 861155 and leave a message, your call will be returned within a few hours during working hours.  Our operators are also delivering Personal Protective Equipment for Wiltshire Police across the County.

Our team of Stay Safe Online volunteers are available to offer telephone advice on a range of issues from improving cyber security awareness, to cyber and scam prevention advice and signposting to future advice and resources. 

Please call and leave a message on 01380 861191 and someone will get back you shortly.