COVID-19 UPDATE: Sobering reminder that Covid's not gone yet

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4 February 2022

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Sobering reminder that Covid's not gone yet

Covid infection rates in Rotherham are continuing to fall after last month's all-time high but nine further Covid-related deaths are a sobering reminder that the pandemic is still with us and we need to continue doing all we can to protect our family and others.

The current rate in Rotherham is 918.5 cases per 100,000, a 14.2% decrease from the previous seven days. This means that the rate in Rotherham is currently below the national average of 1,069.9 cases per 100,000.

Case rates are currently highest in school-aged children and working age adults.

The nine Covid-related deaths (within 28 days of a positive test by date of death) between 23rd-29th January means we have lost 953 people to the virus since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

To help to stop Covid-19 spreading to friends and family members, you should take weekly lateral flow tests, especially, if you are working in an office, or in a public facing role, or your children go to school or college.

Secondary school children should also continue to take regular lateral flow tests, even if they don’t have any symptoms.

Further information about testing and where to get Lateral Flow Tests from locally is available on the Council website.

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Get your COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster!

Boosted Vaccine

If you have recently tested positive for COVID-19, or self-isolating, or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you should not get your COVID-19 vaccine or booster until you have recovered.

Your vaccination appointment must be 28 days after recovering from COVID-19.

This means that if you had COVID-19 in December, you may now able to get your booster vaccination. There are a number of walk-in sessions and appointments available at your local vaccination site or at your local pharmacy.

More information about the vaccine is available at Your Health Rotherham

Keep up to date by following Rotherham CCG on Facebook

Download information about pharmacy sessions here

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Pregnancy and booster

Pregnancy and the COVID-19 vaccine

If you're pregnant, the flu jab and the COVID-19 booster will protect both you and your baby.

Don't wait until your baby arrives to get vaccinated or boosted.

For further information, go to the NHS website

The vaccine bus is coming to Rotherham

Over the next few weeks, the vaccine bus will be visiting places around the borough, offering residents the opportunity to get their COVID-19 vaccinations and booster near to their home or workplace.

The vaccine bus will be operated by Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group and is planned to visit key places within communities to make it easier for them to access their vaccinations.

Even though Government guidelines have eased, it is still vital that everyone gets their COVID-19 vaccinations and booster as soon as they are able to. The vaccinations help to protect you from getting seriously ill with COVID-19, even if you’ve already had the virus so don’t delay and get the vaccine you are eligible for as soon as you can.

You can find out further information about when and where the bus will be on the CCG’s Facebook page. Please note that these times and places are subject to change.

Make sure you plan ahead if you’re going on holiday this half term

International Travel COVID 11 Feb

From 11 February 2022, there will be new guidelines for people coming into England from abroad.

If you are planning to go on holiday during half term (starting 21 February for Rotherham schools), these changes will affect you so make sure you know what your need to do before you travel.

There are different things you need to do depending if you are fully vaccinated or not.

You will also need to complete a passenger locator form before you travel to England.

Keep up to date on the GOV.UK website

Changes to visiting care homes

old person care

New rules came into force from Monday 31 January 2022, which means there is now no limit to the number of visitors allowed into care homes.

However, it is still important that you take precautions before visiting friends or relatives in a care home. You must also take a lateral flow test and report the results before entry. You will also be asked to wear PPE during your visit. 

Please arrange your visit in advance with the care home so that the care provider can manage the number of people attending at any one time. Many care homes will continue using designated visiting areas.

Make sure follow local care home guidance on infection and prevention control measures during your visit.

Please do not visit If you are feeling unwell, showing signs of being unwell, have a temperature or cough, even if your tests are showing negative results.

Further information about care home visiting

Rotherham Hospital Update

Rotherham Hospital

As of 8am on Wednesday 2 February 2022, 62 inpatients in Rotherham Hospital tested positive for COVID-19, with no people in critical care. This brings the total number of inpatients who have tested positive since the start of the pandemic to 4,064. A total of 3,062 patients have been safely discharged to their usual place of residence.

There are currently restrictions in place for visiting the hospital. Visiting for adult inpatient wards is currently suspended, although there are exemptions.

Full information is available on the Rotherham Hospital website

Your group booking window closes soon!

WEURO Last Chance

Time is running out to get your hands on tickets to UEFA Women’s EURO 2022!

Taking place in England this summer, the tournament is being hosted right on your doorstep in Rotherham – so why not plan a trip with your group of friends, colleagues, teammates or classmates to watch the action live?!

This exclusive window of opportunity closes at 3pm on Tuesday 8 February 2022, so make sure you act fast.

To secure your tickets, visit the link below and enter your access code GROUP.

Buy your group tickets now

New consultation on learning disability service

LD Day Service consultation

An artists’ impression of what a new centre could look like

Rotherham Council has launched a major new consultation on day opportunities for people with high support needs. Part of the plan is to build a new in-house day service, replacing the centre known as REACH.

The consultation will inform decisions on how best to use £2.1m  to build new state-of-the-art facilities that would offer a range of unique opportunities and services for people with learning disabilities, autism or high support needs and their families.

To mark the launch of the new consultation, the council has also unveiled an artists’ impression of what a new building could look like.

This latest consultation, which runs until April 30, is part of a wider strategy that is making significant changes to learning disability support and services in the borough, ensuring everyone has access to a wide range of opportunities and is able to live as independently as possible.

You can read more about the consultation here or go straight to the survey to have your say.

£30m town centre housing schemes milestone

Wellgate Place collage

First home opens at one of three former derelict sites

A scheme to breathe new life into former rundown town centre sites and provide 170 new homes has reached a major milestone.

The show home at Wellgate Place, on the site of the former Henley's Garage site, is now open to the public and is the first chance people have had to see what the future of housing in Rotherham will look like.

Wellgate Place features 54 homes ranging from one bedroom apartments to 2 and 3 bedroom homes, and these will be a mix of council rent, council shared ownership and properties for sale.

The development is one of three key housing schemes in the town centre which will deliver a total of 171 modern new homes and is an integral part of the wider Town Centre Masterplan.

The other sites at the former Sheffield Road car park, overlooking New York Stadium and Millfold House are also progressing at a pace.

The multi-million Masterplan sets out an exciting number of developments that will transform and revitalise the town centre, with a vibrant leisure scheme on Forge Island, attractive outdoor spaces, revitalised markets complex and high-quality riverside living.

Built by Wilmott Dixon and funded by the Council with support from Homes England and the South Yorkshire Combined Mayoral Authority, Wellgate Place includes a variety of property types to suit people of different ages including first-time buyers, key workers, families and older downsizers.

In addition to the council rent properties and homes for sale, there are a number of council shared ownership apartments and homes. Under this scheme, buyers have the ability to purchase a small share of their home. They are also able to increase that share over time. It is ideal for first time buyers but also for anyone who wants to own a brand new home in a way they can afford.

Further information about the three town centre developments and other new housing developments across the borough is available from the RotherLiving website.

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