Wirral to be part of testing expansion
On Monday (9 November) the Government announced a significant expansion of COVID-19 testing in England.
Wirral will be among the areas taking part in the expansion, which follows the successful launch of a pilot mass testing programme in the city of Liverpool, You can read more about the announcement here.
The tests will be those used in the mass testing pilot carried out in Liverpool known as lateral flow antigen tests. These are a new kind of testing technology that do not require a laboratory to process the test, although swabbing and processing of these tests must be conducted by trained personnel, and preparations for this are being put in place across the borough.
The tests are for people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste). If you do have symptoms details of how get tested are available here.
This is not mass testing as we have seen in Liverpool but is a large scale targeted testing programme which will help control the virus and limit its spread amongst the most vulnerable in our community.
Advice for people at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
People who are at high risk from coronavirus – also known as clinically extremely vulnerable – are being advised to take extra steps to protect themselves. This includes staying at home as much as possible until 2nd December. Those affected can still go out to exercise and for essential medical appointments, although the advice is to try to stay away from other people as much as possible and to avoid busy areas.
The Government has written to everyone considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable and follow-up letters are currently being sent to local residents who are affected by Wirral’s Director for Public Health.
A wide range of support is available to vulnerable residents, including:
- Wirral Infobank: A great online resource for local support and services, including help with shopping, social supermarkets (offering cut price food) and hot food deliveries – click here.
- Priority supermarket delivery slots: From Iceland or Tesco, delivery slots are available for people who are vulnerable or self-isolating. Residents can apply by calling Wirral’s Coronavirus helpline on 0151 666 5050. The helpline can also advise on assistance that may be available from Age UK Wirral for anyone digitally excluded.
- Help with shopping: Several local charities provide a shopping service for vulnerable people and for those self-isolating. To be referred please call Wirral Coronavirus Helpline on 0151 666 5050 or complete a form online here.
More information about shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable is available online here.
Check-out Age UK’s Big Community Check-in!
Many older people have felt very isolated throughout the pandemic, so Age UK has launched ‘The Big Community Check-In’ to encourage people to check-in with those who live alone to make sure they’re okay and to brighten their day.
This campaign will provide tools, tips and good news stories to encourage and inspire people to fit this simple act of kindness into a busy day.
Supporting Your Community
Tranmere Rovers Football Club is asking local individuals and businesses to support its annual Super White Christmas appeal, which aims to deliver food hampers to 250 families and 100 elderly people.
Food drop off points hare available at the Riverhill Hotel and at Prenton Park’s Recreation Centre.
Cash donations can also be made via their Crowdfunder page here.
Anyone wishing to get involved and volunteer should email: email@example.com
Encouraging to see infection rates decline
For the sake of our friends and families, our NHS and our care workers, please keep practicing the basics:
- Wash your hands
- Cover your face
- Keep your distance from others