COVID-19 Community Champions: Your fortnightly update

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COVID-19 Community Champions

Welcome to our fourth Champions newsletter. To view previous editions you can now access them on our Champions webpage. We now have more than 120 champions registered and via the web links, we can see champions are sharing this content with more than 800 people, which is fantastic, so please keep sharing this newsletter and the information discussed at our virtual meetings. The next group meeting will take place on Thursday, 10 December at 5pm. A Microsoft Teams link will be emailed to all registered champions soon.


Latest news: We will be in Tier 3: Very High alert

very high alert

From Wednesday, 2 December, Kent and Medway will be placed into Tier 3: Very High alert level. This means:

  • Different households cannot meet indoors
  • ‘The rule of 6’ applies to outdoors – you can meet up to six people from other households in a public setting
  • Social distance from anyone not in your household
  • Work from home if you can
  • Hospitality industries remain closed for eating in (but takeaway options at selected premises will continue)
  • Non-essential shops can re-open
  • Accommodation such as hotels and guest houses must remain closed
  • Indoor attractions must remain closed (including museums and galleries)

National lockdown restriction will continue in the meantime.

The time to act is NOW. The infection rate across the county is at a very high rate. We all need to play our part if we’re going to get back to the things we love.

Following the rules strictly and together…..we will get through this.

Check all of the rules under very high alert level.

Print-friendly poster version highlighting all of the rules under tier 3 are available here.

We really like this visual as they are a quick guide and answer some critical questions. Please feel free to share these or the links to them on the various groups you are linked to. Remember these levels will continue to be revisited as rates change across the country.


Christmas 2020

christmas bubble

This week we also saw an update from central government relating to social contacts between 23 and 27 December. Information about the Christmas period and forming a Christmas Bubble can be found here.


Third Champions meeting

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We had an excellent turn out at our meeting last week and it was great to be joined by so many champions. For those that couldn’t join the session, you can watch it back here. We hope to be joined by other system leaders at future sessions, so you can hear a wide range of updates.

 

Key issues that were discussed include:

  • We discussed what may happen when the national restrictions may end. With the session taking place before the Prime Ministers announcement, we now have a much clearer picture.
  • There was a question about the status of the COVID vaccine and scheduled roll out plans. There is considerable preparation work happening on this subject behind the scenes, since our meeting, one of the Champions has seen this webpage that is looking for people to assist in the role out of the COVID-19 vaccination. Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust will be playing an essential roll out of the vaccination programme, alongside GPs and other health system partners.
  • There was also lots of questions about mass testing sites, that are very much being planned and mobilised at the moment. As soon as we have the official press releases for where and when these will start, we will share them with you all.
  • The group had a very interesting discussion about the best ways to combat harmful disinformation. Please do share with us, any posters that you see that contradict our messages so we know what information we need to provide to champions to challenge these opposing views.
  • We also discussed the important of thinking about the mental wellbeing of all residents due to anxiety caused by COVID. The Live Well Kent webpage and A Better Medway webpages provide some excellent resources and local services.
  • We also heard how some of our Champions have been extremely active and engaging in discussion with very local media sources, such as local radio stations. We would very much want to encourage to access all the channels you can and provide up to date and accurate information. If you need anything from us to assist this, please get in contact

Champions networking

We are very pleased to announce that Dr Tara Rampal is joining our COVID Champions team and will assist in answering your COVID queries and developing the network further. Dr Rampal is a Consultant Anaesthetist and internationally recognised for innovation and resourcefulness in engaging stakeholders and partners to develop new ways of working.

We have now set up the closed Facebook group for our Champions. This will allow a more regular dialogue between us and the sharing of information and useful resources between you all. Please sign up for the group by visiting here.

We are also planning to create a closed WhatsApp Group for the champions that prefer this information channel. We will share details once we are live.


Support from GPs

Here is a video with Dr Navin Kumta about support from GPs for BAME and other high risk groups: https://vimeo.com/473360840

CCG websites page with the video and some wider info: https://www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/your-health/coronavirus/helping-people-get-fit-fight-covid


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. This information is taken directly from https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/cases and is accurate as of 25 November 2020.

LTLA

Cases

Rate per 100,000

Swale

361

569

Gravesham

167

391.8

Dartford

188

286

Thanet

318

510.1

Canterbury

165

263

Sevenoaks

136

185.5

Medway

472

398.5

Maidstone

229

263.6

Ashford

104

122.3

Tunbridge Wells

85

123

Dover

177

253.1

Tonbridge and Malling

173

201.3

Folkestone and Hythe

100

202.7

 


Send us your feedback

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 Wednesday 18 November at midday to scott.ellott@medway.gov.uk and we will try to go through these in our virtual meeting.



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

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We have some new materials on the resource centre, which we would be grateful if you could cascade across your communities. These include:

  • NHS App: Download the app posters
  • Book a test only if you have symptoms
  • Social media graphics covering the key safety advice
  • WhatsApp graphics covering the key safety advice

Download the resources now


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)

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:  abmchampions@medway.gov.uk

For COVID-19 Community Champions in Kent, email: phworkforcedevelopment@kent.gov.uk

Check our webpage for more details on your role


For the latest on coronavirus in Medway

For the latest on coronavirus across Kent

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