The coronavirus outbreak is a serious and developing situation within the United Kingdom and, like everywhere else in the country, is affecting North East Derbyshire right now.
Whilst most people who contract coronavirus will suffer only mild symptoms for a temporary period, we know it more affects some people more seriously and, in a small number of cases, can have extremely serious consequences, including death.
The last few weeks have not been easy and thank you to everyone who has followed the Government advice so far to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. We have made good progress in flattening the curve, reducing the number of people who are infected and ensuring the NHS can cope with the demand from those affected. The Government is issuing regular guidance on what to do and how to approach this fast-moving and difficult situation. The important and vital message is that we follow the guidance that the Government is providing which is based on the work being done by the Chief Scientist and Chief Medical Officers of the United Kingdom. This guidance is in place not just for us but also for those people in society who are more vulnerable to coronavirus - so please do follow it irrespective of whether you personally believe you will be relatively unaffected.
Regular, updated guidance on coronavirus (including what to do if you have symptoms) can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus. This includes information about what to do if you have symptoms, all of the Government support that has come forward and if guidance if you have specific issues you need to find out more about.
The Government is also holding daily press conferences on coronavirus and I would encourage you to watch these if you would like to know more detail about the strategy and the scientific advice. They can be found in a number of places on YouTube including this one here: https://www.youtube.com/user/telegraphtv.
Locally, there is a huge amount of work happening, coordinated by our local Councils and volunteers, to ensure that everyone who needs help gets it.
Derbyshire County Council have useful information and are acting as the lead coordinator for our area. You can find out more about their work here: https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/social-health/health-and-wellbeing/health….
DCC are particularly supporting those residents who have been advised by the Government to shield for 12 weeks. You can both sign up for help and register to volunteer here: https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/social-health/health-and-wellbeing/health….
North East Derbyshire District Council has been working hard over recent weeks to help residents who are self-isolating because they are vulnerable or older. They have an established service to help people get food or medicines who do not want to, or are unable to, leave their homes. If you might fall into those categories and want support, let NEDDC know here and they will ring you back to discuss: https://myselfservice.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk/service/Coronavirus_Self_Iso…. You can also find out more about all of their efforts here: https://www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/community-residen….
And, if you have any questions, issues or difficulties, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us on 439222 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try our best to help. Please stay safe.
Stay at home : Protect the NHS : Save Lives.