You probably know by now that around one in three people who have COVID-19 have no symptoms. That’s why getting tested regularly is the only way to help stop the virus spreading.
You should do a rapid test twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if you have the virus. If you test positive and self-isolate, it will help protect others from becoming infected.
This is even more important considering the Delta variant now accounts for over 90 per cent of cases across the country. We know this variant spreads more easily, and there’s evidence that the risk of hospitalisation is higher than for the previously dominant Alpha variant.
On Monday (14 June), the Government announced that there will be a four-week pause at Step 3 of the roadmap out of lockdown. So Step 3 restrictions remain in place, as they have done since 17 May, and you should continue to follow the guidance on what you can and cannot do. There will be a review of the data after two weeks.
As of today (18 June) NHS England has extended the offer of a vaccine to everyone over the age of 18. Once vaccinated you are far less likely to get COVID-19 with symptoms and are even more unlikely to get serious COVID-19, to be admitted to hospital, or to die from the virus.
Two doses of the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against hospitalisation from the Delta variant. Please take up your first and second jab when called to do so.
If you have a question about the vaccine rollout in Swindon, this information may help.
A small number of restrictions will change on 21 June
From Monday (21 June), there will be a small number of changes relating to the current restrictions on:
A further 3,513 Swindon residents had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this week, bringing the total number of people who have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine to 133,257 (54.5%).
A further 7,242 residents had their second dose this week, bringing the total number of Swindon residents fully vaccinated to 98,618 (40.4%).
Today (18 June), it was announced that all adults in England can now book their life-saving COVID-19 vaccination. If you’re aged 18 or over, book your jab through the National Booking Service, online or by calling NHS 119. You shouldn’t wait to be contacted by your GP practice.
Appointment slots for first and second doses are available at all vaccination sites. If you can't find a local slot straight away, keep trying as more appointments are added regularly.
Everyone working in care homes must be fully vaccinated
This week the Government announced that people working in care homes will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 under new regulations to protect those most at risk from the virus.
This follows an extensive national consultation with care home staff, providers, residents and families. For the full story click here.
What is meant by a 'close contact'?
A contact is a person who has been close to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
You can be a contact any time from two days before the person who tested positive developed their symptoms (or, if they did not have any symptoms, from two days before the date their positive test was taken), and up to 10 days after, as this is when they can pass the infection on to others.
A contact can be anyone who lives in the same household as another person who has COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19. Or, anyone who has had any of the following types of contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19:
face-to-face contact including being coughed on or having a conversation within one metre
been within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact
been within two metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over one day)
you may also be a close contact if you have been in the same vehicle or plane as someone
If you are identified as a contact of someone who has tested positive, you are at risk of developing COVID-19 even if you’ve had both doses of the vaccine.
You will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and asked to self-isolate. Follow the guidance on this webpage for more information.
We like to know what changes you’re making to live more sustainably
“In the end, after a lifetime’s exploration of the living world, I’m certain of one thing: this is not about saving the planet. It’s about saving ourselves. The truth is, with or without us, the natural world will rebuild.” - David Attenborough
Taking your first steps towards living more sustainably can feel really daunting, but the likelihood is, you’re probably already making positive changes. The efforts that we each make as individuals to tackle climate change are every bit as important as political action for sustainability on the national and international stage.
Perhaps you’ve reduced your car use and are doing more walking, cycling or using public transport. Or, you might have set yourself the task of having a meat-free day once a week?
If this sounds like you or somebody you know, we’d love to hear from you. We are on a mission to find people in our community who are doing small things to reduce their carbon footprint and contribution to climate change - whose stories can inspire and motivate others into action. If you’ve got a climate change success story you want to share, drop us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Be a team player during Euro 2020
No midfield general wants to pass on COVID-19 and no goalkeeper wants to catch it. Wherever you’re watching tonight’s game, staying safe is a team sport:
Up to six people from six households (or two households of any size) can meet
If you are inside, keep rooms well-ventilated, maintain social distancing and wash your hands regularly
Up to 30 people can meet in a pub garden
Don’t get caught offside: about one in three people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. Let’s make sure it’s the football, not COVID, that’s coming home.
Upcoming work at White Hart junction
As part of ongoing improvements at the White Hart junction, the A419 southbound on-slip will be closed overnight (8pm-6am), Monday to Friday from 21 June to 10 July.
Drivers will be diverted on to the A419 northbound where they can re-join the A419 southbound at the Honda (South) roundabout.
Please allow extra time for your journey if you are travelling in the area.
This is part of the wider road improvements for the New Eastern Villages development. To get regular updates on the New Eastern Villages, sign up to our monthly newsletter.
Consider fostering this Father’s Day
Father’s Day is a day to celebrate the important role biological fathers, adopted fathers, foster parents or important male figures play in our lives. When it comes to foster care, male foster carers can often be the first positive male role model that a child will meet and will play a crucial role during a critical time in their lives.
As a foster carer you could provide life-changing support and guidance to a child or young person hoping to find someone to look up to and learn from. If you’d like to learn more about fostering and the difference you could make, visit our website to find out more.
Looking for a job in Swindon?
We are working in association with the National Careers Service to host a virtual jobs fair. The fair will be running on:
Wednesday, 30 June at (10-11am) and (5-6pm)
Wednesday, 14 July at (10-11am) and (5-6pm)
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet local employers from the logistics, warehousing and construction industries, plus many more.