HEALTH/ GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE

LOCAL AND NATIONAL GOVERNMENT LINKS

Click the links below to view the latest local council/government information regarding COVID-19:

Newcastle City Council website - Covid 19

North Tyneside Council website - Covid 19


Government COVID Dashboard - National Data

Government COVID Dashboard - Newcastle Data


Latest guidance from Newcastle City Council regarding isolating and how to define 'close-contact';

Testing Information pdf

- Links to book and locations offering PCR tests / PCR and LFD tests; when to take which.

Close-contact definition pdf

- Details of how to identify whether you have been a 'close-contact'.

REGULATIONS

REGULATIONS AS OF 19.07.21 - MOVE TO STEP 4

England will move to Step 4 of the roadmap on Monday 19, July

The Prime Minister has announced that step 4, the final stage of the roadmap, will go ahead on Monday 19 July. Read the full announcement, made Monday 12 July, here.


Although most legal restrictions will be lifted at step 4, and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated, and we are still in the third wave of this pandemic in the UK.


While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. This is why the Government are keeping in place key protections:

    • testing when you have symptoms and targeted asymptomatic testing in education, high risk workplaces and to help people manage their personal risk.

    • isolating when positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

    • border quarantine: for all arriving from red list countries and for those people not fully vaccinated arriving from amber list countries.

    • cautious guidance for individuals, businesses and the vulnerable whilst prevalence is high.


Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport; is encouraging people to meet outside or letting fresh air in and asks everyone to minimise the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.


For more information on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 from 19 July, click here.

GOVERNMENT 'ROADMAP'

We will move to Step 4 of the Government 'Roadmap' on 19 July;

Steps and details of each stage:

  • STEP 1A - from 8th March 2021

  • STEP 1B - from 29th March 2021

  • STEP 2 - from 12th April 2021

  • STEP 3 - no earlier than 17th May 2021

  • STEP 4 - no earlier than 21st June 2021 *This step has been postponed until 19th July 2021

SYMPTOMS / TESTING / VACCINATIONS

SYMPTOMS:

  • a high temperature (37.8 degrees or above)

  • a new, continuous cough

  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)


What you should do if you are DISPLAYING SYMPTOMS:

    • isolate yourself from others for 10 days (or longer) from the onset of your symptoms. Continue to self-isolate if you are not healthy by this time (click HERE for Gov. guidance)

    • people in your house hold should isolate for 14 days (as they may not contract it from you until the 7th day you have it)

    • arrange to have a Covid-19 test (click HERE for information and to arrange a test)

    • let people know who you have been in-contact with in the last 48 hours.


LATERAL FLOW TESTING:

Secondary aged school students are able to obtain LFT tests directly from their school. All adults are now able to obtain Lateral Flow Tests free-of-charge. The Government is asking every adult to undertake bi-weekly tests to help determine asymptomatic cases within society.


VACCINATIONS:

All adults are eligible for their Covid-19 vaccinations. You must wait 8 weeks between your 1st and 2nd vaccinations.


Details of local vaccinations in Newcastle can be found here; https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/services/public-health-wellbeing-and-leisure/public-health-services/coronavirus-covid-19/how-get


Alternatively, book online via the NHS booking system here; https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/


FACE COVERINGS AND MASKS

► Click on either image above to view/download the guidance.

HOW TO AVOID CATCHING OR SPREADING COVID-19

DO:

Wash your hands with soap and water often - do this for at least 20 seconds.

Always wash your hands when you get home or into work/school.

Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.

Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.

Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

DON'T:

Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Do not visit your doctor's surgery, hospital or pharmacist if you are displaying any symptoms.


NHS advice on how to wash your hands properly:

HELPLINES / INFORMATION

Government launches Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp:

"The new free to use service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), and will further reduce the burden on NHS services.

This will help combat the spread of coronavirus misinformation in the UK, as well as helping ensure people stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.

The GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service is an automated ‘chatbot’ service which will allow the British public to get answers to the most common questions about coronavirus direct from government.

The service will provide information on topics such as coronavirus prevention and symptoms, the latest number of cases in the UK, advice on staying at home, travel advice and myth busting.

The service will also allow the government to send messages to all opted-in users if required.

To use the free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.

A set of menu options is then presented which the user can choose from and then be sent relevant guidance from GOV.UK pages as well as links to GOV.UK for further information."

https://www.gov.uk/government/news

DfE Coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education.

Parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Government and NHS Information/ Guidance: