COVID-19 Community Champions: Your monthly enewsletter


COVID-19 Community Champions

The next champions virtual meeting will take place on Thursday, 5 November at 5pm and will be hosted by the Kent and Medway Public Health teams. All champions will be sent a Microsoft Teams calendar invite by email, and we look forward to meeting everyone that can make it. Depending on feedback, we will change the time and date of each meeting, to give as many champions as possible the opportunity to dial in.

First Champions meeting

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We held our first meeting earlier this month – thank you to everyone who attended. If you missed it, you can watch it back. Watch the video here.

We now have over 70 people across Kent and Medway who have registered their interest in being a COVID-19 Community Champion. During our kick-off session, we went through:

  • Why we introduced the COVID Community Champions programme and the important role you can play in protecting Kent and Medway
  • Ideas and suggestions for topics to go through in future meetings
  • Providing feedback around concerns you have in your community around COVID-19 (including the need for clear and simple messages to the public, a fear of what the winter could bring, the issue of lack of trust from authority and concerns about accessibility to information due to issues like limited or no internet access)

We had some great ideas from you on the call, including a closed Facebook group for the champions to communicate with each other and share information.

In our next meeting we are hoping to be joined by our clinical leads. If you have questions you’d like to ask them or any other ideas on staying in contact with us and other champions, send your responses over via email to


We’re looking for your feedback: Please send through your responses on the following:

  • What are your community members most concerned about in relation to COVID-19?
  • What questions are your community members asking you?
  • What information or resources can we provide you to help your community follow COVID-19 safety rules?

Send us your responses by Thursday, 5 November at midday to and we will go through these in our virtual meeting.

Latest COVID-19 infection rates

Here’s the latest COVID-19 infection rate across Kent and Medway over the last seven days including the total number of positive cases



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Tonbridge and Malling



Folkestone and Hythe



Celebrating Halloween at home

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With Halloween just around the corner, we are issuing guidance to local people to enjoy Halloween at home this year to reduce the risk of transmission in Kent and Medway.

James Williams, Director of Public Health at Medway Council, issued the following statement “I would encourage residents to stay at home this Halloween. Unfortunately, Halloween traditions like trick or treating could put you and your family at risk. Although Medway’s local COVID alert level remains at medium, it is vital that we all continue to play our part to reduce the spread of coronavirus and protect our loved ones. There are a number of ways you can celebrate at home with your family safely and we’ve included a list of ideas on our website.”

Latest government guidance

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Kent and Medway are currently at alert level 1: Medium risk.

This means that there is no change to the current restrictions that we’re following.


Getting a test

Booking capacity is currently at a good level across Kent and Medway.

Please remember:

  • Residents only need to book a test if they have a COVID-19 symptom (a new continues cough, a loss of taste or smell, or a high temperature)
  • If you have a COVID-19 symptom, you must stay at home and book a COVID-19 test
  • If you’re contacted by NHS Test and Trace or through the Test and Trace app, you must self-isolate for 14 days (from when you had contact with the individual who tested positive for COVID-19)

Download the NHS COVID-19 app

NHS app

Make sure you download the NHS Test and Trace app. Available for free on Google Play and the App Store.

Resources available to use


We have a range of COVID-19 safety posters available on the resources centre. This week we have added:

  • Posters for the ten most commonly spoken languages across Kent and Medway
  • Poster on downloading the NHS Test and Trace app 
  • Social media graphics around Hands>Face>Space

For Kent assets click here

For Medway assets click here

Promoting a healthy lifestyle: Key services

We have a range of health and wellbeing services across the county. Visit our ABM page (for Medway) or KCC (for Kent)  for full details.

Need to speak to us?

For COVID-19 Community Champions in Medway, email:

For COVID-19 Community Champions in Kent, email:

Check our webpage for more details on your role

For the latest on coronavirus in Medway

For the latest on coronavirus across Kent