Your latest Island COVID-19 news

11 May 2021

Guidance is changing

Social distancing

From Monday, 17 May, the country will continue to open up as we enter step 3 of the roadmap. We are being asked to take personal responsibility for how we behave as restrictions are lifted. Now more than ever our actions will make a big difference to all of our lives.  

  • If you’re going out, keep a safe distance from people who aren’t friends and family.
  • Wear a face covering indoors or where social distancing is difficult.
  • Stick to six people or two households when meeting indoors and let fresh air in.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.
  • When you are invited to by the NHS book your COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Protect yourself and others, break the chains of transmission. Get regular COVID-19 rapid response tests.
  • When required, self-isolate.

COVID-secure requirements will continue to apply in workplaces, businesses and public venues.

Get peace of mind, get tested regularly

Get tested regularly

Testing is playing a vital role in keeping life moving for us all.

1 in 3 people with COVID-19 have no symptoms. Take twice weekly, rapid response COVID-19 tests when you don’t have symptoms to protect your family, friends, colleagues and the Island. 

Would you like help taking a test?

Pharmacy Assist stores offer supervised tests. Enter your postcode on the NHS map to find the closest to you. Select 'filter results' and tick ‘test site requiring booking’ and ‘test site not requiring booking’. Then tap ‘Apply filters’ at the bottom of the list. Scroll down to the map and select the pharmacy closest to you to find further information.

You can also:

Don't forget to report your result to the NHS after using a rapid lateral flow test kit.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or test positive on a rapid response test, please book a PCR test.

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Self-isolation preparation

Self Isolation preparation

If you have COVID-19, you need to make sure you don't pass it on to anyone else. Self-isolating will help us return to a more normal way of life.

Self-isolate with the support you need:

Financial support: 

Day to day living:

  • Take this opportunity to plan ahead and have a conversation with your family, friends and neighbours to see how you can help each other if required. Consider how you would access food? Who would walk your dog? Who would pick up your prescription? And can you work from home?
  • Call our COVID-19 helpline on (01983) 823600 for support with food and medicine. They can help if you don't have a support network around you.

Mental health support:

Rapid response testing and businesses

Public Health Webinar

Join a seminar and Q&A on testing for businesses with Simon Bryant, director of public health for the Isle of Wight.

We would like to ensure testing is working effectively for Island businesses, understand how they are accessing testing and how they can best be supported to maintain a testing programme.

The session will be held on Monday 17 May from 3pm to 4pm, via Zoom. It will cover important information about the testing offer for businesses and give you an opportunity to ask public health experts any questions you may have.

Sign up to join the session by emailing here.

Latest COVID-19 data for the Island

COVID stats 11 May

These are the latest published vaccination and COVID-19 stats for the Isle of Wight, from NHS England and Public Health England, respectively.

Cases are expected to fluctuate as we come out of lockdown and the government’s programme of rapid response testing for people without symptoms is rolled out.

You can read the full report here:

The COVID-19 statistics for the Isle of Wight, published by Public Health England on 10 May 2021 at 4pm including data up to 9 May 2021.

The vaccination statistics for the Isle of Wight, published by NHS England on 6 May 2021 including data up to 2 May 2021.

The graphic shows:

  • 90,452 – The number of island residents who have received their first dose of the vaccine.
  • 47,393 - The number of island residents who have received their second dose of the vaccine.
  • 6,821 - The number of confirmed cases to date of Island residents who have received a positive COVID-19 test result since March 2020. This is based on the residential address of the person tested rather than where they are registered with a GP.
  • 16 - The number of positive cases in the seven-day period.
  • 11.3 - Weekly cases per 100,000. This is the number of Island residents who have received a positive COVID-19 test result in the seven-day period, divided by the total population of the Island.

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