The coronavirus outbreak has seriously impacted the United Kingdom and, like everywhere else in the country, has affected North East Derbyshire, too.
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.
Recent months have not been easy and thank you to everyone who has followed the Government advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. In recent weeks, the virus has come back again into our communities and, unfortunately, North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield are no exception to this. We have seen increased outbreaks across North East Derbyshire and an increase in hospitalisations at the Royal. Whilst there is no need to be alarmed or worried, it does mean that North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield will be in the high tier of restrictions from midnight on Friday 16 October.
The major change is that people will no longer be able to mix indoors (either at home or elsewhere) other than within your bubble or for specific still-permittable reasons (such as caring or childcare). Where possible, you are also being asked to reduce journeys. More detail is available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-high. And we know that the guidance can never cover absolutely every scenario so, in general, the advice remains to stay alert, use common sense and take precautions.
Regular, updated guidance on coronavirus 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.
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. Should you have any issues and need to self-isolate, please see Derbyshire County Council's website (www.derbyshire.gov.uk) and North East Derbyshire (www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk) for assistance.
Weekly infection rates for North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield are published by the Government. I will place that information on my Facebook page on a regular basis: www.facebook.com/lee4ned.
And, if you have any questions, issues or difficulties, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us on 439222 or email@example.com and we will try our best to help. Please stay safe.