Wiltshire Council – Latest news and advice on COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Public Health England has confirmed four cases of coronavirus in the Wiltshire Council area.
You can read our statement on this.

What can I do to prevent COVID-19 from spreading?
We all have a responsibility to stop coronavirus from spreading.
The NHS has released the following advice:
Do wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds always wash your hands when you get home or into work use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available 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 straight away and wash your hands afterwards try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell Don’t do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Latest Public Health information on coronavirus

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The symptoms of coronavirus are: a cough a high temperature shortness of breath But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu. If you believe you might have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, unless you are displaying any symptoms or you have been contacted by Public Health England directly, you don’t need to do anything.

What do I do if I’m displaying these symptoms? Stay at home for 7 days if you have either: a high temperature a new continuous cough This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home. Testing will not take place for people who are self-isolating with mild symptoms.

More advice on how to protect yourself

I have a child/children at school. Do I need to do anything?
Unless your child is displaying any COVID-19 symptoms, or has recently returned from a country listed on the government website, then you don’t need to take any action.

The latest advice from government also advises against all overseas education trips for children under-18. You can read the latest guidance for the education sector online. Central government has not advised against domestic trips although it is recommended that schools review their risk assessments to take into account the latest health advice.

If you have any concerns, please call the Department for Education (DFE) Coronavirus Helpline on 0800 046 8687. They are open from 8am-6pm Monday to Friday. You can also email them.

Community advice
We have created a COVID-19 Community Pack to support you and your community during the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Within it you’ll find a list of key contacts, resources and information in one place, which we hope you can share with your community to support each other as much as possible during this time.