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Government changes to guidance for shielding residents

  • 1 June 2020
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Government changes to guidance for shielding residents

The government has updated its guidance for people who are shielding on medical grounds as they are recognised as being extremely vulnerable  in terms of  coronavirus (COVID-19).

The changes from Government meant that from today Walsall residents who are shielding can cautiously leave their homes if they follow the advice.  

Councillor Stephen Craddock, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing, Walsall Council said:

“Under the new guidelines, Walsall residents who had been advised to shield by the NHS can now go outside once a day with members of their household. If they live alone then they can meet up with one person from another household but it is important that they maintain 2m social distancing and that strict hygiene is maintained, including washing their hands frequently.”

“Although there is no time limit on how long they can stay outdoors we would advise that they take caution to minimise contact with others and avoid any areas that are likely to be busier”.

Walsall residents encouraged to use the new NHS Test and Trace Service

  • 28 May 2020
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Residents are being urged to use the new NHS Test and Trace service launched today (Thursday 28 May).

The service will help to identify, contain and control coronavirus and reduce the spread of the virus and help to save lives.

Councillor Stephen Craddock, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing, Walsall Council said:

“Anyone who now tests positive for coronavirus will automatically be contacted by the new NHS Test and Trace Service. They will be required to provide information about where they have been and who they have been in contact with.”

“People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has had a positive test will be notified. They must then stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, this is to stop them unknowingly spreading the virus.”

Walsall Council’s ‘virtual’ Community Protection Team pursues the fly-tippers

  • 26 May 2020
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Walsall Council’s Community Protection team is amassing evidence to tackle environmental crime in the borough with the help of recently introduced video links. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the council no longer conducts face-to-face interviews with suspected offenders.  However, Walsall Council is one of the first authorities in the Region to have introduced virtual interviews with suspected fly-tippers via video links.

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