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North Somerset caught up in faulty PCR tests

PCR tests from North Somerset were among those given incorrect results.

The UK Health and Security Agency (UKHSA) announced that an estimated 43,000 people may have been given incorrect PCR test results between Wednesday and Tuesday, September 8-October 12, mostly in the South West of England.

The problems have been attributed to one laboratory in Wolverhampton. Testing at this lab has been suspended and all samples are now being redirected to other laboratories.   

The NHS Test and Trace service is contacting the people that could still be infectious to advise them to take another test.

Close contacts who are symptomatic will also be advised to take a test in line with normal practice.    

North Somerset Council deputy leader and chair of North Somerset’s Health and Wellbeing Board Mike Bell is the Liberal Democrat ward councillor for Weston-super-Mare Central.

He said: "We are seeking assurances from UKHSA about the action they are taking to deliver accurate PCR results to residents.

“Regular testing remains an important part of our response to Covid-19 and local management and, while we've been assured this is an isolated incident, we all need to have confidence in the test and trace system."  

North Somerset Council director of public health Matt Lenny said: "We understand through our contact with the UKHSA that a proportion of the 43,000 samples are from North Somerset, so it's really important that our residents in North Somerset are being extra cautious if they have symptoms of the virus and have tested positive using a lateral flow test.

“They could be among the people who've then had a negative PCR test result.  

"Anyone who gets contacted by NHS Test and Trace and is advised to do so should book another PCR test."  

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PCR tests can be booked online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.  

There is no evidence of any faults with lateral flow or PCR test kits themselves and the public should remain confident in using them and in other laboratory services currently provided.   

Matt added: “We have written to local schools and care homes with an update and guidance on this issue.

“As always, anyone with Covid-19 symptoms should book a PCR test.

“Those with a positive lateral flow test should get a follow up PCR test to confirm if they have Covid-19.”   

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A jacket to die for

Not got a ‘fang’ to wear to a Halloween fancy dress?

Despair not as DJ Steven Burley has donated his blood-splattered 007 white dinner jacket to a Nailsea charity shop.

Steve has been sorting his wardrobe all year and this is the second loud and lurid pre-loved tuxedo he has given away.

It is a chest size 42-44 and Bristol and Wales Cat Rescue at 75 High Street have it on offer for the bargain price of £5.

The local magic man is a great lover of animals and has adopted a rescue cat called Thomas and a rabbit called Lola who is never pulled out of a top hat. He also has a puppy hand puppet called Wizzard!

Steve said: “I’m against using animals in magic.”

Early this year Steve donated a dapper leopard print jacket.to the RSPCA charity shop also in the High Street.

This snazzy item was snapped up by Nailsea Active guru Glen Schmidt to sport at his many MC duties.

Steve runs the Little Disco Company, doing children’s parties as well as Memory Lane Entertainment where he visits care homes to entertain the residents.

  • To book Steve go to https://www.thelittlediscocosouthwest.co.uk/

  • See Nailsea People What’s On page HERE for details of places selling pumpkins and ghoulish gigs at the end of October

  • No Time To Die is currently showing at the Curzon cinema, Clevedon . For times and tickets click HERE

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NAILSEA LOVELIFE: An interesting poem filmed in Nailsea with some 1990s images we found after typing in Nailsea poem on Google. Wasn't expecting this! The poet/playwright, songwriter, SFE Records managing director, documentary film archivist and founder of Soho Poetry Nights Barney Ashton-Bullock who has 84 Facebook followers obviously had an unhappy love/life experience while living in the town but the photos bring back memories of the decade. Barney who is orginally from Dorset now lives in London. It does make a change from coronavirus data, latest criminal activites or waste collections not happening...

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RESTING PLACE: Was this sofa placed on Millennium Park, Nailsea for the couch potatoes to take a rest during exercise. We don't know whether the seating was dumped or is it a new street art installation? Photos: Steve Lewis
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KEEPING YOUR NERVE FOR DERV: Nailsea Barbers free standing billboard is infamous for its wise words and funny sentences. This made people laugh but not the queues at Tesco Nailsea garage as the words 'do not panic' about petrol supplies had the opposite affect. Motorists anxious about getting to work queued to get their vehicles filled up while the blame game alternated between the media, Bexit, politicians and HGV distributors. The Nailsea People Facebook post reached more than 5,000 with many adding comments on who they thought was responsible

Help keeping lights on

North Somerset Council is reminding residents of the support available and what to do if their energy supplier goes out of business.
In recent days a number of energy suppliers have collapsed and Kwasi Kwarteng, the Business Secretary, has said government ministers are braced for 'more failures'.
However, there are measures in place to protect consumer rights if an energy supplier goes out of business.
North Somerset Council deputy leader Mike Bell is the executive member with responsibility for housing and Lib Dem ward councillor for  Weston-super-Mare Central.
He said: “The first thing to be aware of if your supplier goes bust is that you’ll still have a gas and electricity supply. 
"You won’t need to switch tariff or supplier. 
"The energy regulator, Ofgem, will move your account to a new supplier. 
"This usually takes a few days, but it could take a little longer.
“Once you’ve been switched over your new supplier will contact you to advise what’s happening with your new account. 
"If you’re in credit your money is protected and you’ll be paid back. 
"If you were in debt to the old supplier, you'll have to pay the money back to your new supplier. 
2If you pay by direct debit, you can cancel it if you want to, but there is no need to cancel it right away. 
"The advice is to wait until your new account is set up before you cancel it.
“Unfortunately this situation might prompt scammers to try and take advantage of people.
"There’s no evidence of this at the moment but please do remember to be on your guard against scam messages and seek advice from Citizens Advice in the first instance.”
People are also advised to take a meter reading and photograph their meters if possible, log into their online account if applicable to check their balance and screenshot their account, and download any bills and keep any old bills they have, as these could be useful to prove payment history, credit or debit amounts.
It was also announced earlier this month that the energy price cap, the maximum price suppliers can charge customers on a standard tariff or a prepayment meter, will increase from Friday, October 1. 
Cllr Bell added: “On top of issues with suppliers, the energy price cap

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means households will be facing increased energy bills this winter. I know this is a worrying time for some families and I’m really keen to make sure people are aware of the support that’s available. 

“For example. if you’re on a low income or pension credit you may be entitled to the Warm Home Discount Scheme, a one-off discount on your energy bill. There’s also the Cold Weather Payment and the Winter Fuel Payment which can help during the colder months.
“And registration is open until the end of September for Solar Together West of England, a scheme where residents can get cheaper deals to install solar panels and set up a battery storage system at their home. Solar energy is an efficient energy and this scheme gives people the chance to reduce their carbon emissions and save on energy bills.”
For more information about funding and support to heat a home, and energy efficiency advice, go to www.n-somerset.gov.uk/heatyourhome. There is more information about energy suppliers on the Ofgem, Citizen’s Advice and Centre for Sustainable Energy websites.

Garden waste collections back

North Somerset Council is to resume garden waste collections this month.

Having suspended its garden waste service earlier this month, North Somerset Council is putting plans in place to restart collections at the end of September.

Although the national shortage of HGV drivers is continuing to impact significantly on the recycling and waste service, the council has developed an approach which will enable a service to be delivered.

From Monday, September 27, garden waste collections will restart with customers receiving a collection once every four weeks instead of once every two weeks until December when collections normally reduce to this frequency.

North Somerset Council executive member for neighbourhoods and community services Mike Solomon is the Independent ward councillor for 

Hutton and Locking.

He said: "This is a pragmatic approach that enables us to offer a garden waste service to all our existing customers.

"The driver shortage remains a very serious issue for us.

"We are losing drivers to other businesses and very sadly have lost some long-standing colleagues to ill health.

"I say this because I'm keen everyone understands that we remain in a precarious situation with our staff resources and the situation may yet change again."

The council is contacting all garden waste customers to let them know when collections will restart and garden waste collection calendars will also be amended and available on the council's website before collections resume so all customers know their revised collection dates.

Mr Solomon said: "I completely understand why some of our customers are frustrated that we've not been able to maintain uninterrupted collections in the same year we've introduced a subscription service.

"Because of the inconvenience caused we will be offering all our existing subscribers a discount on next year's collections to compensate them for the disruption.

"Customers don't need to contact us to qualify for this offer - it will be automatically available at renewal." 

The council will also trial setting up satellite sites across the area so that existing customers have the option to take their garden waste to staffed drop-off points if they don't live within easy reach of one of the three recycling centres.

These will be announced as soon as they're up and running.

Mr Solomon added: "I'm also keen that our residents understand that we

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are lobbying government to solve the driver crisis. We simply can't make this problem go away on our own, and it's not just our services being affected.

"All areas of business logistics are affected and garden waste collections are just a tiny part of the problem.

"We desperately need government to undo the damage caused by the Brexit driver exodus." 

The council is working with other councils in the region to lobby ministers and has also asked the two local MPs to support a resolution to the crisis.

New subscriptions for the garden waste collection service are currently suspended and will resume when the current driver shortage issues are resolved.

Recycling and black bin waste collections are not affected by these changes and residents should continue to put containers out as normal for collection.

Residents interested in home composting can also still take advantage of the council's reduced price compost bin offer at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/composting 

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STEP IN RIGHT DIRECTION: Our coronavirus case numbers in North Somerset have decreased this week. 578 new cases have been identified in the latest seven-day period reported for North Somerset compared with 805 in the previous week. Our case rate per 100,000 head of population is 268.1. This compares with a South West figure of 256.5 and an England rate of 297.2. There is a lag in case data meaning the latest information is for the week ending Saturday, September 11.You can see more detail on our local case data at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/lomp 88.9 per cent of North Somerset residents aged 16 or over have now had one dose of the vaccine and 83.5 per cent have had two doses.

Let's create culture in Weston

We don’t know whether to laugh or cry but Weston-super-Mare has been chosen to be a future centre for culture alongside Swindon.

Perhaps we are being a little narrow it does have a pier, museum, visionary college and lots of thriving art groups - including street artists like JPS.

This week the Arts Council England announced 11 Priority Places and that it has millions of £s to spent.

It is all part of its Delivery Plan for 2021-24, and the south west includes North Somerset, with a focus on Weston-super-Mare.

So Nailsea could get some attention?

Published on Thursday, September 16,  Arts Council England’s three-year Delivery Plan sets out a detailed roadmap to implement the vision of its strategy – Let’s Create.

The vision set out in Let's Create offers a clear pathway to supporting communities in their recovery from the pandemic.

To make it a reality, the Delivery Plan names 54 Priority Places across England, 11 of which are in the South West Area, on which Arts Council England will focus its staff resources and financial investment over the next three years.

The Priority Places in the South West are:

  • Gloucester - Gosport

  • Isles of Scilly

  • Isle of Wight

  • New Forest

  • North Devon

  • North Somerset (with a focus on Weston-super-Mare)

  • Portsmouth

  • Rushmoor

  • South Somerset (with a focus on Yeovil)

  • Swindon

Each of the Priority Places is ambitious to drive positive change through culture.

Priority Place status recognises the need for increased development time from the Arts Council to grow cultural investment in the area and is intended to give more people the opportunity to enjoy excellent cultural experiences in their communities and neighbourhoods.

In the past decade, the Arts Council has significantly shifted its investment outside of London.

The aim in Let’s Create is to increase focus on specific places underserved in the past. Priority Places are just one of the ways in which the Arts Council is committed to the targeted strengthening of cultural and creative opportunities.

Investment will increase in a range of other locations through other Arts Council programmes such as Creative People & Places (budget for 2021-22: £23 million), the new Place Partnership fund (budget for 2021-22c £7 million), and the Government funding streams that Arts Council supports: UK City of Culture (the City of Coventry has received nearly £21 million in cultural investment for 2021), and the Stronger Towns Fund (a £1.6 billion fund from 2019 to 2026).

The publication of the Delivery Plan follows the Government’s £1.96 billion Culture Recovery Fund, administered by the Arts Council and other bodies.

Driven by the Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, with the backing of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak, the Culture Recovery Fund is the biggest one-off investment in culture from the Government in history.

It has provided a vital lifeline for the cultural sector, and helped organisations prepare for reopening.

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Culture can be defined as all the ways of life including arts, beliefs and institutions of a population that are passed down from generation to generation. Culture has been called 'the way of life for an entire society', as such, it includes codes of manners, dress, language, religion, rituals, art.

Arts Council England chief executive officer  Darren Henley said: “Artists, arts organisations, museums and libraries have found creative new ways to serve their audiences and communities since the start of the pandemic.

"Our new Delivery Plan shows how we’ll work with them to build on that spirit of imagination and innovation as our society reopens.

"It’s particularly exciting to be focusing on our 54 priority places over the coming years.

"We’re looking forward to nurturing dynamic new partnerships with local people and organisations in each of these locations.

North Somerset Council executive member for placemaking and economy Mark Canniford is the Lib Dem ward councillors for Weston-super-Mare Hillside.

He said:  “I’m delighted that Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset have been selected by ACE as a priority place.

"We recognise the power of arts and culture to transform lives and are proud that the potential we see in Weston and beyond is also recognised by ACE.

"We have an ambition to make North Somerset a distinctive place for arts and culture and this is now firmly embedded in our placemaking plans for Weston.

"It will also be reflected in our plans for our other towns.

"We have gained a huge amount from our partnership with the regional team and are looking forward to working with ACE over the next three years to deliver even more for our residents, our visitors and for our creative sector.”

Footnote: Don't think the definition of culture quote helps.

Covid figures up 10 per cent

Our coronavirus case numbers in North Somerset have increased and our rates are now above the averages for England and the south west region.

805 new cases have been identified in the latest seven-day period reported for North Somerset compared with 727 in the previous week.
This is an increase of 10.7per cent.
Our case rate per 100,000 head of population has increased to 373.4.
This compares with a South West figure of 363.8, which remains the highest regional rate, and an England rate of 330.7.

There is a lag in case data meaning the latest information is for the week ending Saturday, September 4.

You can see more detail on our local case data at:

www.n-somerset.gov.uk/lomp.

  • ​87.6 per cent of North Somerset residents aged 16 or over have now had one dose of the vaccine and 81.6 per cent have had two doses.

  • If you’re 18 or over you can book online for your vaccination, call 119,

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or you can wait to be contacted by your GP.

  • People within three months of their 18th birthday can also book online.

  • Those aged 16 and 17 will be invited for their vaccination or can go along to some walk-in clinics.

  • Anyone with a severely weakened immune system will be contacted by the NHS to be offered a third vaccination dose.

For details of Covid-19 vaccination walk-in sessions in North Somerset, including those that can do vaccinations for under 18s, visit grabajab.net.

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SPACE SPOILERS: For some it was a summer of discontent which saw incidents of wanton vandalism at the Millennium Park. Happily with the CCTV now working and with Portishead, Clevedon & Nailsea Neighbourhood Policing asking for information in its latest Nailsea beat team PCSOs newsletter the problem should abate. This and other snippets of crime especially the law on riding electric scooters on the highway can be read in Word format HERE. Don't forget to 'like' their Facebook page for up-to-date news

New Covid cases still in 000s

North Somerset Council say the latest coronavirus case numbers in the district have stayed very similar to last week, with only a very small decrease.
That is 727 new cases have been identified in the latest seven-day period reported for North Somerset compared with 740 in the previous week. 
Our case rate per 100,000 head of population has decreased to 337.2. 
This compares with a South West figure of 379.3, which remains the highest regional rate, and an England rate of 308.0.
There is a lag in case data meaning the latest information is for the week ending Saturday 28 August.
You can see more detail on our local case data at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/lomp.
88.2 per cent of North Somerset residents aged 16 or over have now had one dose of the vaccine and 82 per cent have had two doses.
You can view interactive maps on GOV.UK which show you case rates and vaccination data for your area. 
You can help keep case rates down in North Somerset by:

  • Staying home if you have Covid symptoms - a new continuous cough, high temperature, or change to your sense of taste or smell - and getting a PCR test to check if you have the virus

  • Washing your hands thoroughly and regularly

  • covering your face, especially when you’re inside and sitting or standing close to people you don’t live with

  • going outside or letting in fresh air if you’re inside

  • doing twice-weekly rapid no symptom tests and reporting your results

  • getting both your vaccination doses as soon as you can

  • self-isolating if you have a positive test

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If you’re 18 or over you can book online for your vaccination, call 119, or you can wait to be contacted by your GP.
People within three months of their 18th birthday can also book online.
Those aged 16 and 17 will be invited for their vaccination or can go along to some walk-in clinics.
Anyone with a severely weakened immune system will be contacted by the NHS to be offered a third vaccination dose.
For details of Covid-19 vaccination walk-in sessions, including those that can do vaccinations for under 18s, visit grabajab.net
Advice to schools is on our School Peeps page HERE.

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Be careful at bank holiday

Our coronavirus case numbers in North Somerset have increased again over the past week.

740 new cases have been identified in the latest seven-day period reported for North Somerset compared with 563 in the previous week.

Our case rate per 100,000 head of population has increased to 343.3

This compares with a South West figure of 486.9 and an England rate of 329.9.

There is a lag in case data meaning the latest information is for the week ending Saturday, August 21.

While releasing these figures North Somerset Council also warned with the high numbers of visitors expected at the bank holiday weekend for everyone to keep coronavirus in mind.

All the volunteers at Trendlewood Community Festival had to take a Rapid Lateral Flow test before working on site.

Although North Somerset's rates have fallen from a peak a few weeks ago, numbers are on the rise again and busy places, especially indoors, increase the risk of the infection spreading.

Residents and visitors can continue to reduce their own risk, which in turn will help to keep rates down in North Somerset, by taking advantage of the forecast good weather and staying outside, as well as avoiding crowded areas, keeping up good hand hygiene and using face coverings.

North Somerset Council executive member for health Mike Bell is the Lib Dem ward councillor for Weston-super-Mare Central.

He said: “Covid is still a very real risk and we are unfortunately continuing to see our residents hospitalised due to this nasty infection.

“This isn’t a disease that only older people need to worry about.

“Our highest Covid rates are in 18 to 30-year-olds, which is also the group with the lowest vaccination rates.

“This means you are more likely to catch Covid and get seriously ill as a result, as you don’t have the protections offered by vaccinations, if you are younger.

“So, it’s really important to keep doing those things you know will lower your risk of catching the disease when you are out and about.”

North Somerset Council director of public health Matt Lenny said: “We all know what will help reduce our own risk of catching and spreading Covid-19, now we need to make sure we keep up those good habits.

“Washing our hands regularly, covering our faces when we’re in crowds – especially when we’re indoors, and keeping distance between ourselves and those we don’t live with are still important.

“As are the benefits of fresh air. Get outside as much as you can or open up windows and doors if you are inside.

“Most importantly, if you do develop symptoms of Covid – a new continuous cough, a change to your sense of taste or smell, or a high temperature – stay home and book a symptomatic Covid-19.

"If you are due to attend an event, show, concert or music festival, use a rapid test before you go and stay home if it's positive."

Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus can book a test at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

Rapid tests can be ordered online, or collected from most pharmacies and North Somerset Council's mobile testing unit.

Find details at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/rapidtesting.

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LATEST CORONAVIRUS DATA: Our coronavirus case numbers in North Somerset have increased again during the past week. This is to be expected as we all go out and about but please be careful. There were 563 new cases have been identified in the latest seven-day period reported for North Somerset compared with 468 in the previous week. Our case rate per 100,000 head of population has increased to 261.2  This compares with a South West figure of 348.2 and an England rate of 308.2 There is a lag in case data meaning the latest information is for the week ending Saturday, August 14. You can see more detail on our local case data at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/lomp. 87.15 per cent of North Somerset residents aged 16 or over have now had one dose of the vaccine and 79.39 per cent have had two doses. If you’re 18 or over you can book online for your vaccination, call 119, or you can wait to be contacted by your GP. People aged 17 and within three months of their 18th birthday can also book online. The rapid testing mobile van schedule will next be at the Scotch Horn Leisure Centre car park in Nailsea from 8.30am-6pm on Friday, August 27.

Dental care donations

Dentalcare at Nailsea is helping to raise awareness of our food bank which has need of support.

Alongside standard food parcels, food banks try to provide other essential ‘non-food’ items to adults and children in crisis.

This includes toothpaste and toothbrushes amongst other toiletries.
The Clevedon District food bank is a great North Somerset charity that covers Nailsea, Clevedon, Portishead and Yatton.

In the past 18 months the district has distributed more than six tonnes of food .
Charitiy spokesman Claire Kelly said that toothpaste donations have previously been used by Bristol based charities like the Roots independent street team and Feed The Homeless Bristol.

Both organisations make hot meals for those in need on the city streets and hand out hygiene packs which include toothpaste and toothbrushes.
Hazel, a volunteers at the Nailsea food bank, is asking for more donations of toothbrushes, toothpaste and other oral hygiene products.

She said: "Dental products are regularly given out to clients, but aren’t always donated and so sometimes we have to buy them for the food bank."

Nailsea donations can be made via the collection point in Waitrose or at Southfield Church postcode BS48 1SB on Fridays from 12.30-2.30pm.

And a list of regular items required can be found online HERE.

Dentalcare is at 116 Station Road, Nailsea.

Receptionist,Laura Anne said: "As a practice we donate small sample sized tubes of toothpaste whenever we can.

"If you are in a position to donate or are considering making a donation to the food bank, please consider including some dental products as part of your kind gesture."

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GOING DOWN (SLOWLY): A total of 468 new cases have been identified in the latest seven-day period reported for North Somerset compared with 496 in the previous week. Our case rate per 100,000 head of population has decreased to 217.1. This compares with a South West figure of  334.8 and an England rate of 299.2. Although our rate has dropped a little, both the South West and the England rates have increased. There is a lag in case data meaning the latest information is for the week ending Saturday 7 August. You can see more detail on our local case data at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/lomp. 86.08 per cent of North Somerset residents aged 16 or over have now had one dose of the vaccine and 76.2 per cent have had two doses. If you’re 18 or over you can book online for your vaccination, call 119, or you can wait to be contacted.

  • Rapid testing mobile van will be at Scotch Horn Leisure Centre car park from 8.30am-6pm on Friday, August 20.

MAN TO MAN: The Rotary Club of Nailsea and Backwell welcomed its new president Clive Hawkins who will serve from 2021-22. It is Clive's second term as president as he held this position two decades ago in 2001-02. He brings many years of experience of the organisation and he outlined his vision for the future direction of the club. Clive thanked his predecessor, Ken Rock who had coped admirably with the unique circumstances of a global pandemic. The handover meeting was only Rotary’s second face-to-face meeting in many months. All of the meetings in Ken’s year were conducted virtually via Zoom. Fortunately Ken is something of an expert in these matters which was very beneficial to the smooth running of the club. While the club is optimistic for the future, they are always keen to welcome new members and if you are interested in joining or in seeking more information, please contact Graham Hunt on 01275 464267 or email grahamjeanhunt@gmail.cpm

PHOTO: Left former president Ken Rock handing over presidents regalia to Clive Hawkins

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Nearly 500 new Covid cases recorded in last week of July 

During the last week of July 496 new cases have been identified and reported to North Somerset .

This compares with 783 in the previous week.

Our case rate per 100,000 head of population has decreased to 230.1.

The South West figure is 307.2 and an England rate of 283.7.

 There is a lag in case data meaning the latest information is for the week ending Saturday, July 31.

You can see more local case data at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/lomp.

Currently 86.6 per cent of North Somerset residents aged 16 or over have now had one dose of the vaccine and 75.7 per cent have had two doses.  

If you’re 18 or over you can book online for your vaccination, call 119, or you can wait to be contacted by your GP.

You can also view interactive maps on GOV.UK which show you case rates and vaccination data for your area. 

You can help keep case rates down in North Somerset by:

  • Washing your hands thoroughly and regularly

  • covering your face, especially when you’re inside or on public transport and have to be close to anyone you don’t live with

  • going outside or letting in fresh air if you’re inside

  • doing twice-weekly rapid no symptom tests and reporting your results or getting a PCR test if have Covid symptoms - a new continuous cough, high temperature, or change to your sense of taste or smell

  • getting both your vaccination doses as soon as you can

  • self-isolating if you have a positive test or Covid symptoms or are a contact of someone who has Covid.

 

Pressure on health and social care

 

Our local care system continues to face significant pressures and we are working with our partners across the Healthier Together network to alleviate these as much as possible.

This is a huge task, and we are not expecting the situation to improve quickly while we continue to deal with coronavirus cases and the backlog of treatment that was paused during the height of the pandemic. 

There are things we can do as individuals though that will help. Please follow and share this advice if you can. 

  • Use self-care if your condition is something you can treat at home, such as coughs, colds and common childhood illnesses. 

  • Visit your local pharmacist for advice and medication for ailments ranging from colds, flu and upset stomachs to urinary tract infections, threadworm, dandruff, insect bites and stings. 

  • Call NHS 111 first before going to your local A&E department, unless it is a life-threatening emergency when you should call 999. 

  • If you have a minor injury such as a sprain, strain, broken bone or minor head injury, you can go straight to your local minor injury unit – Clevedon if you live locally. There are three MIUs in the BNSSG area. 

Mandatory vaccinations for people working in care homes

 

This week government published guidance regarding the introduction of mandatory vaccinations for staff working in care homes. 

This requirement comes into full effect from Thursday, November 11, and will apply to care home workers, volunteers and anyone else who goes into care homes for work unless they have a medical exemption.

To meet the deadline (which includes a grace period) all staff in the mandatory categories will need to have had their first jab by Friday, September 16. 

Friends, family (who also may be unpaid carers) and essential care givers will not need to show proof of vaccination or medical exemption. The guidance states: “Visits from family and friends are vital for the health and wellbeing of people living in care homes. It would be unjustifiably detrimental to residents to deprive them of contact with, and care from, their loved ones.”
 

 

Vaccination roll out to 16 and 17 year olds

 

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has this week advised that all 16 and 17 year olds receive their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

In the past few weeks, there have been large changes in the way COVID-19 has been spreading in the UK, particularly in younger age groups.

The adult vaccine programme has progressed successfully and more safety data has become available, so the Government has reviewed the advice for the vaccination of children and young people.

This updated advice means that young people are expected to receive around 80 per cent protection against hospitalisation, following receipt of their first dose. It is expected that protection will probably be even higher as younger people respond better to vaccines and some will have already had the COVID-19 infection, meaning they will have an even better response to a first dose.

‘Get the Jab Done’ launched

 

Billboards, lamppost wraps, posters and flyers will be popping up across our area over the next few days, urging young people to the ‘Get the Jab Done’.

The campaign has been designed to encourage young people to get their vaccination and highlight the importance of it in our fight against COVID-19.

It is underpinned by the www.grabajab.net webpage, which lists up-to-date information about walk-in vaccination clinics throughout our area where no appointment is needed.

Young people are generally positive about having the vaccine, but we know they need a different approach.

Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire vaccination programme lead Clare Armour said: “We’re working at making it as easy as possible for people to have their vaccine in convenient locations and at times that fit around their work and their lives.

“Vaccinated people are far less likely to get COVID-19 with symptoms and pass it on to others.

"Even if you are younger, you can still get seriously ill from COVID, including longer lasting symptoms from 'Long COVID', like severe fatigue.

"Getting vaccinated will help us all get life back to normal by reducing the spread of the virus and protecting our communities, families and friends.”

Test and Trace

 

The NHS Test and Trace App has had its sensitivity modified in an attempt to reduce the numbers of people required to self-isolate due to being a close contact of someone who has test positive for COVID-19.

This will hopefully help with disruption to some services due to large numbers of staff required to self-isolate.

NHS Covid pass

By the end of September everyone over the age of 18 will have had the chance to get fully vaccinated followed by a two-week period for the vaccine to take effect. The government has announced that at this point full vaccination will be required to enter nightclubs and other crowded venues.

Some events and venues are already asking for either full vaccination or proof of a recent Covid test, for example, nightclub style events at council sites such as at the Tropicana in Weston will ask for this evidence.

You may also need proof of your Covid status for travel abroad. Make sure you check and follow the entry requirements of the country to which you are travelling, as well as the rules for the travel company.

If you’re aged 18 or over, you can get an NHS Covid Pass to access venues and events, and if you’re 16 or over you can get it for travel. The NHS Covid Pass will show your vaccination records or recent Covid-19 test results.

There are several ways to get a free NHS Covid Pass. You can get a digital or printed version using the NHS App or you can request a letter in the post from the NHS website or by calling 119.

 

 

Rapid testing mobile van schedule next week

 

We have two mobile testing vans, which offer Covid-19 rapid home test kit collection and assisted testing, across North Somerset from 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday and from 10am to 5pm at weekends.

The first van works to a fixed schedule, the second moves around to help us reach as many people as possible.

Here’s where the vans will be next week:

  • Monday, August 9: Hutton Moor Leisure Centre car park, Weston, and For All Healthy Living Centre, Lonsdale Avenue, Weston

  • Tuesday, August 10, Lake Grounds Esplanade, Portishead (by the Lakeside Café), Mendip Vale Surgery, Pastures Ave, in St Georges

  • Wednesday, August 11, For All Healthy Living Centre, Lonsdale Avenue, Weston, and Hutton Village Hall car park in Hutton

  • Thursday, August 12,Queen’s Square, Clevedon, and West Street car park in Banwell

  • Friday, August 13, Scotch Horn Leisure Centre car park in Nailsea and the car park opposite the Woodborough Inn in Winscombe

  • Saturday, August 14, Weston Seafront near the Tropicana and Lake Grounds Esplanade in Portishead (by the Lakeside Café)

  • Sunday, August 15,eston Seafront near the Tropicana and Queen’s Square in Clevedon

You can find out about rapid testing at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/rapidtesting

What Covid test do I need?

 

Regular rapid Covid testing is helping us find cases in people who have no symptoms of the virus.

Everyone can get twice weekly free rapid Covid tests. These tests, sometimes called lateral flow, should only be used if you have no symptoms of coronavirus – a high temperature, new continuous cough, or change to your sense of taste or smell.

You can take your regular rapid tests at home, at work or school, or at our mobile testing van, where our staff will process the results for you.

Home rapid testing kits can be ordered online or collected from our testing van, or from some pharmacies.

Find out where you can pick up tests on the NHS map.

Wherever and whenever you do your tests, it’s really important to report your results, whether they are positive or negative.

If you experience symptoms of Covid-19, temperature, new continuous cough, or change to your sense of tase or smell – no matter how mildly, you must stay home and get a PCR test at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

PCR tests can also be used by people that have had close contact with a known Covid case.

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Cheers drive - thanks to 999 crews

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) have committed more than  12,000 hours to the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) since the height of the pandemic, to support emergency service colleagues and ultimately, save lives.

SWASFT continue experiencing unprecedented, high level demand and its colleagues are working incredibly hard with healthcare partners and other agencies including the region’s fire services to manage this significant challenge.

As a service, AF&RS recognise the challenges and continue to proactively support SWASFT with 10 firefighters on a full-time basis and four on a part-time as part of a wider response to assist our ambulance service colleagues and continue caring for our communities.

Firefighter Stuart Chee is currently driving ambulances for SWASFT, here’s what he experienced on one of his recent shifts:

12-hour night shift begins, starting at 7pm.

The shift started as normal, with a kit check of the truck, introductions to the paramedic crew mate, and talking to the day crew about their shift. As soon as the allocated time for kit check is up, we’re straight out the doors to a 79 year old lady with chest pains – a 'bread and butter' call for the ambulance service.

After assessing her, we advised that she needed to go to the Emergency Department for blood tests to rule out a heart attack. Sadly many hospitals are experiencing very high demand too, so it’s not unusual to be queuing with our patients on the ambulance until a bed is available. Tonight is no different; we wait two hours for a bed to become available for our patient.

As soon as we clear from the hospital, we are straight to the next job, a Category 1 (urgent and life-threatening) call to a lady with ineffective breathing. On arrival this turned out to be hyperventilating due to a panic attack and after some calming and reassurance we were able to leave her in the comfort of her own home.

We’re now 5-hours in to the shift and are sent back to base for a break but as soon as we put our food in the microwave we are sent to another Cat 1 call to a 47 year old man who can’t breathe. This turned out to be a COVID positive patient who was struggling to breathe. His observations were ok and after an hour monitoring and calming him down, we left him at home with advice on what to do if things got worse.

After 7 hours we finally got our break, as soon as the 30 minute break is up, we are sent to another Cat 1 call at a night club after a young woman had multiple seizures after excessive drug use. She was taken to BRI and we monitored her until she got to her bed, luckily she didn’t have any more seizures.

Throughout the evening we hear multiple calls on the radio to outstanding

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Cat 1 jobs, with limited ambulances available we saw additional ambulances come from out of county to support our residents.

Tiredness starts kicking in around 4am, and while waiting for a bed in the Emergency Department for another patient, I catch up with a fellow Fire Service responder at the hospital.

In the meantime, several other ambulances turn up and join the queue, the fantastic nurses and doctors at the hospital create a makeshift triage area to ensure the patients are treated effectively.

We finish at 8:30am after handing our patients over to another crew.

Time to drive home and get in to my waiting bed for a few hours’ sleep before getting up and doing it all again!

 

As a service we are proud of our commitment to SWASFT and continue to support the NHS with volunteer vaccinators and marshals at vaccination centres to help alleviate their pressures.

We are dedicated to keeping our communities safe and supporting our emergency service colleagues where possible.

SWASFT EPRR manager Derek McCullough who was responsible for setting up this scheme for firefighters to crew and drive ambulances, said:

“Our service has experienced a substantial increase in demand during recent months, placing significant pressures on our resources. In order to continue delivering effective and responsive patient care, we have been working with various partners and agencies to manage this challenge.

“We are extremely grateful for the invaluable support we’ve received during the pandemic from the five fire and rescue services in our region.

“Avon Fire & Rescue Service has significantly contributed towards ensuring our services to patients are maintained, and we are thankful for the continued assistance their firefighters and support staff provide to us.”

Festival organiser is fined for music played too loud 

The North Somerset event organiser has been ordered to pay fines and costs of more than £3,000 for breaching a noise abatement notice. 

The organiser of a three-day music festival near Bristol Airport responding to noise complaints at the time by telling the Bristol Post 'you can't keep everyone happy'.

Almost 500 people went to Captives Campout on farmland in Backwell during the August bank holiday weekend last year.

Music from Hyatts Wood Farm on Backwell Hill could be heard nearly a mile away, a court heard.

Online pre-publicity boasted 'due to most events being cancelled this will be the closest thing to summer break! Now let’s break out of the cuffs and rockdown this lockdown, before summer is over'. 

North Somerset Council prosecuted Grant Wedlake for the breach.

Mr Wedlake did not attend North Somerset Magistrates’ Court and the matter was proved in his absence.

The court ordered him to pay a fine of £2,400, victim surcharge of £190 and costs of £605. 

On August 19 last year a Temporary Events Notice was submitted to the council by Mr Wedlake, who lived in Congresbury at the time, for a family event at Backwell over that bank holiday weekend of August 28-31.

The application was submitted with a Covid-19 risk assessment for the event.   

This assessment stated that the music would be played at a level where people would be able to communicate without shouting.

A licence was granted based on this information.

 On August 28 complaints about loud music from the event were received by the council and the police.

Mr Wedlake was contacted and advised that the music needed to be kept at a level to enable individuals to communicate without shouting and to not disturb occupiers of nearby premises.   

On August 29 further complaints were received.

During a visit to complainants' properties, nearly a mile away from the event location, an environmental protection officer determined that the noise constituted a statutory nuisance.

A noise abatement notice was issued to Mr Wedlake by hand, requiring him within 20 minutes of receiving the notice to abate and cease to permit the playing of amplified equipment at such a volume and tone that would cause unreasonable disturbance to occupiers of nearby premises.

A breach of the abatement notice was witnessed on August 29 and the council continued receiving complaints about the loud music up until 11pm

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that day and during the afternoon/evening of August 30 until the music finished at 11pm.

North Somerset Council executive member responsible for public health and regulatory services Mike Bell is the Lib Dem ward councillor for Weston super Mare Central

He said: “We welcome events and activities across North Somerset, but it is important that these are run in a way that is safe and minimises unfair disruption to residents.

"When any organiser ignores our advice and impacts on the community, the council will take action.

“Council officers and the police work hard to respond to these issues, often at very unsocial hours, and I am pleased that we were backed in this case by the court and a fine was imposed."

Backwell Parish Council chairman Sarah Ould said councillors were not notified of the event taking place, and the first members had complaints over the music.

Speaking to the Bristol Post last year she said: "Our Facebook group got battered with complaints about the noise.

“We should have been asked before this event took place.”

THIEVES ALERT: Izzy Allward warns: "A small dumper truck was stolen last night/early hours of the morning Saturday and Sunday, July 31-August 1, from a building site on Silver Street, Nailsea. Any sightings or information please contact me or my dad John." It is a one tonne yellow Terex hi lift which sell for thousands of pounds on eBay - see lookalike photo. And in a separate incident would-be thieves got into a garage in Greenslade Gardens on Saturday night. The houseowner said: “It was locked but we assume they’ve picked the lock as the actual door isn’t damaged, nothing was taken. As we are having work done we assume they were looking for tools. We have told the police, alerted neighbourhood watch and checking CCTV. We just wanted our neighbours to know and be vigilant.”

UPDATE: Thieves broke into a white van on Friday night, August 7, belonging to a Backwell man. The culprits stole £1,000 worth of Makita tools bought only two weeks ago. The owner has appealed for anyone seeing secondhand Makita tools being sold cheaply online to contact police. The full list of items takens are Impact driver, normal drill, SDS drill, angle grinder, multi tool, torch, radio, three batteries and charger

Covid cases going down

Hooray - we’ve seen a drop in Covid cases in North Somerset during the past week but caution is still urged.
In total 782 new cases have been identified in the latest seven-day period reported for North Somerset compared with 1,409 in the previous week. 
Our case rate per 100,000 head of population has decreased to 363.6. 
This compares with a South West figure of 362.9 and an England rate of 375.2.
There is a lag in case data meaning the latest information is for the week ending Saturday, July 24.
It’s still too early to say if this trend, which is in line with national rates, will continue as we aren’t yet seeing the full impact of the final loosening of restrictions in the data.
As great as it is to see the numbers going down, these are still extremely high rates that are in line with the peak we saw in North Somerset during the last lockdown.
This means we’re still very much in the middle of the Covid pandemic with some of the highest infection rates we’ve had.
So please keep doing all those things we know work to prevent the spread of infection, like washing your hands, wearing face coverings, and choosing to meet outside. 
Anyone who develops Covid symptoms should also isolate with their household straightaway and get tested.
You can see more detail on our local case data at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/lomp.
Case data is also available at national, regional, council and neighbourhood level at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/cases
You can help keep case rates down in North Somerset by:
washing your hands thoroughly and regularly
covering your face, especially when you’re inside or on public transport and have to be close to anyone you don’t live with
going outside or letting in fresh air if you’re inside
doing twice-weekly rapid no symptom tests and reporting your results or getting a PCR test if have Covid symptoms - a new continuous cough, high temperature, or change to your sense of taste or smell
getting both your vaccination doses as soon as you can
self-isolating if you have a positive test or Covid symptoms or are a contact of someone who has Covid.
In total, 162,409 of North Somerset's 189,532 residents have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. 
This equates to a first dose vaccination rate of 85.69 per cent of residents. 
This is greater than the English rate of 76.53 per cent and ranks North Somerset 64 out of 333 for all English authorities.
To date, 136,296 of North Somerset's 189,532 residents have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. 
This equates to a second dose vaccination rate of 71.91 per cent. 
This is greater than the English rate of 61.09 per cent and ranks North Somerset 64 out of 333 for all English authorities.
If you’re 18 or over you can book online for your vaccination, call 119, or you can wait to be contacted by your GP.
On Wednesday, August 4, the large scale Covid-19 vaccination centre will move from Ashton Gate Stadium to the Vaccination Centre @ UWE Bristol. 
All appointments for first and second dose vaccinations after August 4 will move to the Vaccination Centre @ UWE Bristol on the same date, and at the same time.
People affected are being contacted by a text message from the National Booking Service (NBS) yesterday and today (Thursday and Friday) letting them know the location of their appointment has changed. 
The message encourages them to attend the Vaccination Centre @ UWE Bristol and provides a link to the NBS and www.grabajab.net so people can rebook their appointment if UWE is unsuitable.
From August 4, the Vaccination Centre @ UWE Bristol will be the only site in our area able to administer the Moderna vaccine. If anyone has difficulty attending their second appointment due to the change of location, they can email bnssg.massvaccination@nhs.net.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recently advised that that some young people and young adults should be offered the Covid-19 vaccine. 
This includes children and young people aged 12-15 years and over with specific underlying health conditions that put them at risk of serious Covid-19 such as:

  • severe neuro-disabilities

  • Down’s syndrome

  • underlying conditions resulting in immunosuppression

  • those with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), severe learning disabilities or who are on the learning disability register

  • 12-15 years who are household contacts of adults or children who are immunosuppressed, and young people aged 17 ¾

A letter which outlines national plans for the next steps is published on the NHS website.
The government revealed plans to prevent serious disruption to vital public services by allowing fully vaccinated critical workers in certain circumstances to be exempt from close contact self-isolation rules.
This policy only applies to you if your employer has received a letter from a government department on which your name is listed. Everyone else should continue to self-isolate when advised to do so by NHS Test and Trace via phone or the mobile app.
For more information see the NHS Test and Trace in the Workplace guidance.
From 4am on Monday, August 2, people who have been fully vaccinated in the EU or US will not need to quarantine when coming to England from an amber list country. 
Travellers will still need to take a pre-departure Covid-19 test and a PCR test on the second day after they arrive.
Arrivals from amber countries who have been fully vaccinated are no longer required to quarantine. 
Passengers need to provide proof of their vaccination status and pre-departure testing and day two testing measures remain. 
However, anyone travelling from France must continue to quarantine for 10 days at home or in other accommodation, even if they are fully vaccinated.

By the end of September everyone over the age of 18 will have had the chance to get fully vaccinated followed by a two-week period for the vaccine to take effect. 

The government has announced that at this point full vaccination will be required to enter nightclubs and other crowded venues.

There are several ways to get a free NHS Covid Pass. 

You can get a digital or printed version using the NHS App or you can request a letter in the post from the NHS website or by calling 119.

Schools may be out for the summer, but the school nursing team is still supporting young people during the holidays.

Nurses are hosting four face-to-face clinics for 11 to 19-year-olds in Nailsea, Pill, Portishead, and Weston-super-Mare this August.

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Anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19, tests positive for Covid-19, or is a contact of someone who has symptoms or tests positive, must self-isolate.

Anyone with symptoms must self-isolate until they have the results of their PCR test. If it is negative, they and their contacts can stop isolating.

A positive case must self-isolate for 10 days.

A contact of a positive case must self-isolate for 10 days. If they get symptoms, they need to get their own PCR test. If it is negative, they will need to finish their 10 days of self-isolation.

If it is positive, they will need to isolate for a further 10 days from the day their symptoms started.

You should also self-isolate if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace, or are pinged by the NHS Covid-19 Test and Trace app.

You will be told how long you need to do this for.

The advice on the NHS website advises what you cannot do during self-isolation:  

  • do not go to work, school or public places – work from home if you can

  • do not go on public transport or use taxis

  • do not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home

  • do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care

  • do not go out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one

Contacts of contacts do not need to self-isolate.
You can find out more about when and how to self-isolate on the NHS website. 
If you need financial or practical support to self-isolate you can find information about what’s available, including details of the £500 self-isolation payment, at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/together
Close contacts of Covid cases must continue to self-isolate - they include:
anyone who lives in the same household
face-to-face contact including being coughed on or having a face-to-face conversation within one metre
being within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact
being within two metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over one day)
travelling in the same vehicle or aeroplane.
From Monday, August 16, anyone who has had two doses of an approved Covid-19 vaccination (with the second dose at least two weeks before), or children under 18, will not need to self-isolate if they are a contact of someone who tests positive for Covid-19.
We have two mobile testing vans, which offer Covid-19 rapid home test kit collection and assisted testing, across North Somerset from 8.30am-6pm Monday to Friday and from 10am-5pm at weekends.
The first van works to a fixed schedule, the second moves around to help us reach as many people as possible.
Here’s when a van will be local next week:
Friday, August 6 at Scotch Horn Leisure Centre car park in Nailsea
You can find out about rapid testing at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/rapidtesting
Regular rapid Covid testing is helping us find cases in people who have no symptoms of the virus.
Everyone can get twice weekly free rapid Covid tests. 
These tests, sometimes called lateral flow, should only be used if you have no symptoms of coronavirus – a high temperature, new continuous cough, or change to your sense of taste or smell.
You can take your regular rapid tests at home, at work or school, or at our mobile testing van, where our staff will process the results for you.
Home rapid testing kits can be ordered online or collected from our testing van, or from some pharmacies. Find out where you can pick up tests on the NHS map.
Wherever and whenever you do your tests, it’s really important to report your results, whether they are positive or negative.
If you experience symptoms of Covid-19, temperature, new continuous cough, or change to your sense of tase or smell – no matter how mildly, you must stay home and get a PCR test at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
PCR tests can also be used by people that have had close contact with a known Covid case.

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Covid cases still soaring

Covid cases are now at the highest they’ve ever been in North Somerset, and rates are still climbing.

The risk of coming into contact with coronavirus in our community has never been higher.

People who are double vaccinated at least two weeks ago have the best protection against catching the virus or getting seriously ill if they do. Thankfully our vaccination rates are excellent - nearly 70 per cent of people over 16 having had two jabs.

But, this still means there are thousands of people with less or no protection.

Vaccinations alone aren’t enough to put an end to Covid, especially when we have rising infection rates. Even though legal restrictions may have ended, it’s still vital we all do what we can to avoid spreading or catching the virus.

Recorded cases of coronavirus have doubled in North Somerset this week.

1,409 new cases have been identified in the latest seven-day period reported for North Somerset compared with 704 in the previous week.

Our case rate per 100,000 head of population has increased to 655.2.

This compares with a South West figure of 513.5 and an England rate of 529.1.

There is a lag in case data meaning the latest information is for the week ending Saturday, July 17.

You can see more details at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/lomp.

Case data is also available at national, regional, council and neighbourhood level at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/cases

You can help keep case rates down in North Somerset by:

  • Washing your hands thoroughly and regularly

  • covering your face, especially when you’re inside or on public transport and have to be close to anyone you don’t live with

  • going outside or letting in fresh air if you’re inside

  • doing twice-weekly rapid no symptom tests and reporting your results or getting a PCR test if have Covid symptoms - a new continuous cough, high temperature, or change to your sense of taste or smell

  • getting both your vaccination doses as soon as you can

  • self-isolating if you have a positive test or Covid symptoms or are a contact of someone who has Covid.

 

In total, 162,144 of North Somerset's 189,545 residents have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. This equates to a first dose vaccination rate of 85.6 per cent of residents.

To date, 134,221 of North Somerset's 189,545 residents have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. This equates to a second dose vaccination rate of 70.9 per cent.

You can view vaccination data on the NHS website.

If you’re 18 or over you can book online for your vaccination or call 119, or you can wait to be contacted by your GP.

If you use the national system and the first appointment you are offered is not suitable check again a little later as more get added all the time.

Government guidance to those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable and who have previously been advised to shield, is that you should continue to exercise care to reduce the risk of infection.

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They advise you try, for example, to shop during quieter times. Many supermarkets have said that they will continue to keep safety measures in place to protect their staff and all their customers, but particularly the most vulnerable, and some continue to run quieter shopping sessions.

Whenever possible, try to keep the number of social interactions you have low and try to reduce the amount of time you spend in settings where it is not possible to maintain social distancing. You can read the full government guidance at GOV.UK -  Guidance on protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from Covid-19 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

From Monday, August 16, anyone who has had two doses of an approved Covid-19 vaccination (with the second dose at least two weeks before), or children under 18, will not need to self-isolate if they are a contact of someone who tests positive for Covid-19.

 

The rapid testing mobile van will be in Rodney Road car park, Backwell on Wednesday, July 28.

Regular rapid Covid testing is helping us find cases in people who have no symptoms of the virus.

Everyone can get twice weekly free rapid Covid tests. These te