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Update for our members


17 August 2021

Please see below for an update from South Gloucestershire Council, which was sent to all members.

A message from the council

If you are double jabbed or aged under 18, as of yesterday (16 August) you are no longer legally required to self-isolate if identified as a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case. Instead, you should take a PCR test as soon as possible. You can find more details in the update below.
 
The case rate in South Gloucestershire remains above the all England rate and we continue to remind residents of the importance of regular testing and getting the vaccine. The NHS has extended the vaccination programme to 16 and 17-year-olds and arrangements are being made to make those available in our area, Follow our facebook and twitter pages for details and the latest information on local walk in clinics. 
Cllr Toby Savage
Leader of
South Gloucestershire Council
Dave Perry
Chief Executive,
South Gloucestershire Council

Council service updates

Waste and recycling update

Unfortunately, we are expecting further disruption this week because of continuing staffing issues with our waste and recycling contractor Suez. We will continue to provide updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We apologise for the inconvenience. Please report missed collections here.

Congratulations to our students!

Congratulations to all our GCSE, BTEC, NVQ and any other students who have recently received academic or vocational qualifications. You should all feel proud of what you have achieved during the past challenging year. If you are unsure about next steps, Post 16 advice is available through school, at college, from UCAS, via Careerpilot online, or the National Careers Service Helpline for Teenagers on 0800 100 900. You can also find out about regular apprenticeships through our scheme here.
Group of GCSE students on results day

Free Business Support 

South Gloucestershire businesses and residents can access up to 12 hours of free business support through the South Gloucestershire Business Support Service. Find out more here.
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Public health advice

The main Covid-19 messages we are focusing on this week are around:
  1. Self-isolation update
  2. 'Help Us Help You'
  3. Jabs for young people: update 
  4. Over 60 and unvaccinated?
  5. GetUBetter NHS app 
  6. Mental health event 
Where possible, we ask that you please share our messages through your social media, newsletters and websites as appropriate. You will find the full stories below. 
 
Thank you for helping us share important health news.

Self-isolation update

As of yesterday (16 August), if you are double jabbed or under 18, you are no longer legally required to self-isolate if identified as a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case unless you have symptoms yourself. Instead, you will be advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible. You can order a PCR home test online or by calling 119, or go to a test site. You will not be required to self-isolate while waiting for the result. You will be advised to consider other precautions such as wearing a face-covering in enclosed spaces. Read the full details here.

'Help Us Help You'

Please help health and care leaders in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire manage the increased current pressures on health services.
You can ‘Help Us Help You’ by:
  • Thinking twice about the right service for your needs, using 111 online and pharmacy for minor ailments.
  • Only calling 999 in the event of a serious or life-threatening emergency.
  • Prioritising your second vaccination, taking it up as soon as you are eligible.
  • Supporting your loved ones home from hospital as soon as they are medically ready to be discharged.
  • Being patient and respectful of staff in our health and care settings, where pressures are resulting in longer waits.
Read more here.

Jabs for young people: update 

The NHS has extended the vaccination programme to 16 and 17-year-olds and currently, everyone aged 17 ¾ and over can access a Covid-19 vaccination in our area, so please don’t delay. You can book your vaccine using the National Booking System or you can attend one of the walk-in clinics found here. Soon, we will be announcing how 16-17 ¾-year-olds can have their vaccine.

Over 60 and unvaccinated? 

There’s a slight increase in cases of Covid in those aged over 60 who have not been vaccinated. It's not too late, get your jab. Find out how here.

GetUBetter NHS app

The GetUBetter app can support you with managing muscle, bone and joint conditions at home. Register for free here.

Mental health event

The South Gloucestershire Race & Equality Network is holding an event, ‘Promoting Positive Mental Health for Black Asian and Minority Ethnic communities in South Glos', on Zoom on Thursday 26 August. The event is free and open to all. You can register here.

Covid-19 : The local picture at-a-glance

 

Our local Covid-19 dashboard is an ‘at-a-glance’ picture of the current situation in South Gloucestershire. It provides the latest published Covid-19 figures specifically for South Gloucestershire including: total number of laboratory confirmed cases to date, number of laboratory confirmed cases in the last 7 days, the 7-day rate per 100,000 population and total number of all deaths by week and since January 2020 where Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate. This is updated daily Monday to Friday, in the morning.

We have recently updated our dashboard to include improved navigation, links to external resources, and additional information including local hospital data.

Visit the South Gloucestershire Covid-19 dashboard here.

In your community

Chair’s Charity: Off the Record

Chair of our council, Cllr Ruth Davis, has chosen ‘Off the Record’ as this year’s Chair’s Charity. The charity offers support and promotes positive mental wellbeing for young people. Read the full story here.

Bee Trail: Still time to win

This summer, 16 bright and beautiful bees decorated by local artists are buzzing about on our local high streets and community spaces. From Saturday 24 July to Saturday 18 September, you can ‘collect’ these bees by taking a photo of yourself with them and entering a weekly draw to win £150 vouchers per South Gloucestershire high street, to spend with independent traders. Find out more here.

Queen’s Birthday Honours

Time is running out to nominate the Queen’s Birthday 2022 honours, the deadline is Wednesday 1 September. It would be great to have as many South Gloucestershire residents as possible nominated, and there are plenty of local heroes deserving of this level of recognition. Nominations must be made via the online portal and two letters of support need to be sent to honours@communities.gov.uk. You can also find a collection of other useful information to support applications here

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