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Hi, my name is Steve Maddern and I’m the Director of Public Health at Swindon Borough Council.

You may be aware that due to a recent rise in COVID-19 cases and the infection rate in Swindon, the area is currently one of eight areas on the Government’s ‘areas of concern’ watchlist.

That means we’re closely monitoring the situation and need to do everything to prevent a community spread of COVID-19 and the prospect of local lockdown measures.

The latest case and contact tracing data shows that a high proportion of new confirmed cases are among residents living in the SN1 and SN2 postcodes. That’s why we are stepping up our efforts this week to support communities in this area, delivering information to households and engaging with community leaders.

We each have a personal responsibility to understand and practise the measures we need to take to keep ourselves and others safe.

Please read all the information in this newsletter so you can play your part.

To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:

Wash your hands - keep washing your hands regularly for more than 20 seconds

Cover your face - wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces

Make space - stay at least a metre away from people not in your household

When you are at home, it is important that you minimise contact with others outside of your household in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Any contact with others should be limited and the steps above adhered to.

Look out for these symptoms

  • High temperature
  • Cough
  • Loss or change to sense of smell
  • Loss or change to sense of taste

You must book a COVID-19 test if you experience any of these symptoms, even if your symptoms are mild.

If you are self-isolating, we can help you with emergency household supplies. Please call Customer Services on 01793 445500 from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

If you have symptoms

Self-isolate - do not leave home for at least 10 days

Get tested - book a test online or by calling 119. Those living in your household should self-isolate for 14 days if you or any members of the household receive a positive test

Stay at home - staying at home means not going out for any reason, including to work, or the shops

You should be avoiding sharing a vehicle with people outside your household or support bubble. If you need to share a vehicle, follow these simple steps.

    How to get a local test

    • This morning (12 August) a Mobile Testing Unit opened at the County Ground
    • The testing centre at the Wroughton Park & Ride site remains open
    • You can order a home-testing kit
    • Or call NHS 119

    Book your test now

    Make sure you are following our social media channels to get the latest COVID-19 alerts as and when they happen.

      More sources of information

      Book a coronavirus test if you or someone in your household has symptoms

      Check the latest coronavirus advice and get answers to your frequently asked questions

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