Somerset Covid-19 Weekly Update 26 November
Benefice Newsletter 26th November 2021
Timberscombe School Friday News 26.11.21
Free Car Parking in run up to Christmas
To help with festive trading, the council is offering free car parking in its car parks on the Saturdays of 4, 11 and 18 of December in Dulverton, Dunster, Minehead, Porlock, Watchet, Wellington and Williton, and in Dulverton again on Sunday, 5 December for the annual Dulverton by Starlight event.
With the exception of Kilkenny car park, free parking will also be available after 3pm on the same Saturdays in SWT-owned car parks in Taunton.
Need to seek help?
If you, or someone you know are feeling like things are too much, please know that you / they don’t have to be alone. Here are some numbers of organisations that can help:
- Samaritans – 116 123
- CALM – 0800 58 58 58
- ChildLine – 0800 1111
- Anxiety UK – 03444 775 774
- Mind – 0300 123 3393
- Somerset Domestic Abuse helpline – 0800 69 49 999
Twice weekly testing
For people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, it remains very important to
participate in twice weekly asymptomatic testing if you are out and about and meeting up with people. Please make sure that you take a test before you travel anywhere and if it is positive, stay at home and arrange a PCR test.
Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms, should book a PCR and not attend school or work. Do not take a LFD if symptomatic. PHE advise all parents, staff and pupils to take the supervised PCR testing route where available. Ask for this when you arrive at the test centre and someone will take the swab for you to maximise the quality of the test.
From 1 November there will be a reduction in the opening hours at regional and local testing sites. Instead of opening from 8am until 8pm, they will operate from 8am until 6pm – 2 hours less per day.
Please continue to use LFD and PCR tests as you normally would, the SCC PH advice remains, if you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 or have a positive LFD test get a PCR test and if this is positive stay at home and self-isolate for ten days to avoid infecting others.
SCC PH advice remains consistent with national guidance:
- Only use twice weekly LFD testing for asymptomatic cases
- Make sure you do an LFD according to the instructions and at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking
- If you get a positive LFD or have symptoms, self-isolate and get a PCR and use the supervised PCR testing route at test centre to get the best quality test
You are reminded that if you have previously received a positive Covid PCR test result, you should not re-test yourself by either using a rapid lateral flow kit or by having another PCR test within 90 days of the first positive result unless you develop any new symptoms of COVID-19.
If you’d like to know more, a video which shows you how to use the Lateral Flow kit can be viewed here. By testing yourself regularly you are helping to reduce the spread of the infection.