[Page last updated 08.45 5th April 2020]
You will see from the news that Coronavirus (otherwise referred to as COVID-19) cases are now increasing in Dorset (follow the PHE tracker for live updates) and the situation continues to develop.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation on 23rd March 2020 and announced the biggest crackdown on freedom of movement since the end of the Second World War; in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus and protect our NHS from being overwhelmed. To put it simply, if too many people become seriously ill at one time, the NHS will not be able to cope – meaning more people are likely to die, not just from coronavirus but from other serious illnesses as well.
This will be a marathon, not a sprint, and we need to think about how we sustain ourselves, our families and our neighbours during this period – probably well into the summer. Now is also critically the time for social distancing and to stay at home.
Call 111 or visit https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 but do not go to your local GP surgery, community pharmacy or Hospital A&E.
I am in constant contact with local hospitals, healthcare providers, GP surgeries, church leaders, Dorset Council and town and parish councils, as well as Government departments and the Cabinet Office, to ensure we are as prepared as we possibly can be.
I have created this page to help signpost relevant government and NHS updates, along with some links you may find useful. Also see my page on volunteering, buying local food, food delivery services and local initiatives >click here<
The COVID-19 Dashboard:
Track coronavirus cases around the UK via Public Health England Tracker
IMPORTANT LOCAL INFORMATION
READ THE LATEST NEWS UPDATES
MORE ON VOLUNTEERING IN DORSET
FOOD DELIVERIES & SHOPPING IN DORSET
LOCAL INFO IF YOU NEED HELP
DORSET COUNCIL DEDICATED HELPLINE: 01305 221022
If you are self-isolating or know people who are in need of help, call Dorset Council's dedicated helpline, open 8am-8pm 7 days a week.
Dorset Council Coronavirus Coordinated Community Response:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) - latest advice
- Dorset Council's response to COVID-19
- Important changes to our services
- Adult social care providers
- Benefits and support
- Bin collection disruption and waste guidance
- Businesses and employers
- Care homes, vulnerable and older people
- Co-ordinated community response
- Employee information
- Looking after yourself
- Schools and families
- Easy Read information about coronavirus
UK Government information and advice: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
UK Government news bulletins: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
Dorset Council, Volunteering and getting support: https://news.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/2020/03/21/volunteering-and-getting-support-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak
Public Health Dorset: https://www.publichealthdorset.org.uk/news/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information.aspx
Public Health England latest: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance
NHS 111 Online patient advice questionnaire: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19
NHS Advice for clinicians and healthcare professionals: https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/eprr/coronavirus/
NHS Latest news: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
NHS Advice for travellers: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/advice-for-travellers/
NHS Common questions on Coronavirus: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/common-questions/
Foreign Office travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
World Health Organisation latest: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
Schools/Educational updates: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
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