Coronavirus Information Hub

 


 

Latest News & Changes

Monday 13th/Tuesday 14th September, 2021:

Many government-inspired changes are being promulgated as we run through autumn and into early winter. They are important, involving additional vaccine roll-out and changes to travel restrictions amongst other. These will have an impact on all our lives - the gov.uk web site is the best way to keep up to date with the official guidance

Saturday 14th August, 2021:

Change to self-isolation rules from Monday

From Monday 16th August, people who are double jabbed or under 18 will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case, instead it is advised that they get a PCR test.

If you do develop COVID-19 symptoms, you must still self-isolate and book a PCR test. Anyone who tests positive following the PCR test will still be legally required to self-isolate, regardless of their vaccination status or age.  

As double jabbed people identified as close contacts are still at risk of being infected, people are advised to consider other precautions such as wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces.

More information from the gov.uk web site - click on the link.

Sunday 25th July, 2021: 

Throughout the virus emergency that started in March 2020, we have provided a weekly or fortnightly summary of pandemic-related events in West Moors, plus a record of changed regulations, forthcoming changes etc., and how these changes impacted on everyday life in the community. It is hoped that this will provide a background record which may help future researchers to see how one small village in east Dorset coped with the major changes in life. As the government have now suspended / abolished most of the more intense restrictions surrounding everyday life, these summaries will drop to a 4-weekly summary. See the bottom of this page for relevant links. 

For the full documentation regarding guidance from the UK government ( often only applicable to England - but there are links to other Nations' advice ), see the official document on the Cabinet Office web pages.

REMEMBER! The Coronavirus pandemic has thrown up surprises before ... expect changes ahead ... and take care!

Do YOU need help?

If you feel you need help the 'Contacts' section of this web page (below), has a listing of useful telephone numbers of those who can help. If you find difficulty contacting any of these organisations, please contact me via email.

Keep up to date with Dorset Coronavirus news

Public Health Dorset issue regular updates regarding the situation across Dorset Council area ( also Bournemouth - Christchurch - Poole / BCP ) and these can be accessed on their web site; the updates are usually issued on a Thursday or Friday & will open in a new browser window.

 

Sources

Here is a 'central' listing of some useful / reliable web sites that you can access - just click on the listing below: they will be kept under review ( let me know if they fail - I'll sort it soonest! ):

This first page/link is VERY IMPORTANT: it is the Dorset Council 'Community response resource'; it attempts to cover all aspects of supporting vulnerable / isolated people across the county.

Dorset Council: " Dorset Together " - community response

NHS main Coronavirus information page
UK Government source for essential background documents & advice
Dorset Council: latest news and advice
This is the Dorset-wide advice source for all matters relating to support for business, education & community facilities. This page also has useful links to reliable / official sources of further information.
- Dorset Council have published a " Dorset Council Local Outbreak Plan " and this can be accessed via this link.

And, if you're having difficulty understanding what the local regulations are ... the BBC have produced a useful application that will help out: just enter your postcode
Local rules - Covid-19 - in your area. BUT REMEMBER, if you move 'outside' your postcode area, say into Bournemouth or further afield, then the regulations may be different! There is now a gov.uk guide to the regulations - with a 'postcode' checker, available via the UK government link listed above.

Contacts

See the list of organisations below who can help at this time.

AgeUK have been playing a coordinating role across Dorset: the main contact point for our area is now the " Bournemouth, Poole & East Dorset ( BPED ) " section: contact them using the links on our Support & Advice Services page.

Dorset Council's COVID-19 Response Hub is there if you don't have family, friends or other support network that you can call upon - there is a dedicated help line which can be reached at 01305 221 000 ( 8.30 am to 5.00 pm, Monday - Friday ), contact them via the on-line Contact Form on their 'Emergency Response' page

Citizens Advice are still active, but obviously with the current distancing restrictions, they are not able to offer 'face-to-face' advice / guidance & will be very busy. Call or email them using the links on our Support & Advice Services page.

Royal Voluntary Service are providing support from the large pool of volunteers across the country. If you feel you need support ( e.g., with shopping, collecting medication or other essential supplies ), then call 0808 196 3646 ( 8.00 am - 8.00 pm ) or contact them via their NHS Volunteer Responders web page.

Facebook links

Several local organisations are using Facebook extensively at this time to make information available: the list below can be used to access those sites if required.

Pinehurst Community Church
Spotted West Moors (community-based)
St. Anthony of Padua RC Church
St. Martin's United Reformed Church
St. Mary the Virgin Parish Church
West Moors Town Council