Update: 23 July 2021 Hertford County Council -
Step 4 of the Roadmap
Step 4 of the roadmap out of Covid restrictions
This week many of the remaining Covid-19 restrictions in England were eased, with guidance and expectation now replacing most regulations.
There have been mixed emotions about moving into this next phase. Covid-19 is still here and it continues to affect our daily lives, with local cases still rising quickly.
Cases in Hertfordshire have increased by 66 per cent in the last seven days to over 6,000, with rates particularly high in 17-39 age group.
Everyone’s circumstances will be different, and what’s comfortable to you won’t be the same for someone else. As we find new ways to live with the virus, let’s be cautious, kind and respect each other’s choices to protect each other.
While it’s no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering or maintain social distancing, it is advisable, especially in enclosed and crowded spaces, with others you don’t know well and around vulnerable or unvaccinated family and friends – who are more at risk.
Face coverings cut infection rates significantly and help reassure people. Many supermarkets, businesses, venues and transport operators in Hertfordshire will continue keeping measures in place to protect you and their staff.
Still protecting you and our NHS
The guidance from the NHS has not changed. If you’re not exempt, you will still be required to wear face coverings in GP practices, hospitals and other healthcare settings – as well as follow social distancing and hand hygiene guidance.
Help us keep infections low. There are many people needing healthcare for non-Covid-related reasons, who have been waiting for some time. If Covid cases still rise, people will have to wait longer for hospital and health care.
The coronavirus vaccination programme has been a great success and for those fully vaccinated has significantly reduced infection, ill health and death.
This week, our local NHS colleagues have delivered vaccines in buses, a Hindu temple, community centres, converted shops and a mosque, as well as at our vaccination centres.We have delivered over a million first doses of the vaccine in Hertfordshire, but around 200,000 Hertfordshire residents haven’t yet been fully vaccinated and around 200,000 aren’t eligible for the vaccine. Additionally, 15 per cent of our residents are extra vulnerable to infection due to cancer or long-term conditions.Don’t let a case of COVID spoil your summer - if you are eligible, please book your vaccine to protect yourself and others. Details of all the walk-in and pop-up clinics coming up in the next week in Hertfordshire can be found here. Alternatively, call 119 for help to make a convenient booking.We have plenty of stocks of the three vaccines currently licensed for use in the UK – Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca and you are very unlikely to need to queue at any of our venues now.Remember to bring your second dose forward to eight weeks after your first, to get the best protection.If you know someone with a question or concern which has caused them to delay their vaccination, you don’t have to be an expert to help them – just encourage them to look at our online information centre, and frequently asked questions.
Everyone is encouraged to continue testing twice a week, even when you have been double vaccinated, as this can help identify positive cases and break the chain of transmission.
If you have symptoms, you should book a PCR test. If you don’t have symptoms, you should take a lateral flow (rapid) test.
There are two ways to get a rapid test – you can visit one of our mobile testing sites or use a home testing kit. More information about both is available at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.
How we can limit the spread of the virus
Over 40% of infection is by people with no symptoms, who often don’t know they are infected.
We can still do things to help us keep ourselves and others safe. Please help prevent the spread of infection.
Give people space
Keep hands clean
Wear face coverings in crowded indoor areas
Ventilate workplaces and social spaces or meet outside
Take a rapid test twice a week if you don’t have symptoms (even when you’ve been vaccinated)
Symptoms? Get a PCR test and self-isolate
Hertfordshire United Against Coronavirus
Important information about support and advice on coronavirus available from the county council
Advice from Herts County Council COVID 19
For phone numbers and links for people who may have eligible care needs or who need support because they are self-isolating, and for links to important government information, as well as local information and guidance, click here
Advice and guidelines from the UK Government and World Health Organisation when out and about in the British countryside. Click here
Footpaths and Rights of Way
Please use the following guidance from Defra in order to stay safe when out in the British countryside:
Stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily.
You should only go outside alone or with members of your own household.
Keep at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times.
Take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors. Frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly.
Follow the Countryside Code. Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home. Keep dogs under effective control and leave gates as you find them or follow instructions on signs.
Respect other people and protect the natural environment. Remember your actions can affect people’s lives and livelihoods.
#TeamHerts volunteering network
Anyone currently using a social care service should expect that to continue, however they can speak to their care provider first or call on 0300 123 4042 for other urgent care needs. For other support, contact Herts Help on 0300 123 4044.
TeamHerts has prepared frequently asked questions for people with care and support needs which they can access on their website.
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For information on the following topics,
Frequently asked questions
Stay updated from trusted sources
Watch hand washing videos
Coronavirus toolkit for professionals
What to do if you think you have COVID-19
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
a high temperature
shortness of breath
But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and think you are at risk, use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
We strongly advise the public to read and consider the Government’s advice and to act accordingly. This can be found here
Hertfordshire County Council has produced a useful Frequently Asked Questions document. This can be found here
It appears the best measure to stop the virus spreading is to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
We would also ask that people do not indulge in panic-buying, which could disadvantage others - notably older residents.
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON!
There is an offer of support by village residents for those who want to talk or need some practical
(non medical) help. The PDF file contains the details, or click here