Stockport Review EXTRA - COVID-19 - 8th January

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Cllr Wilson

Message from the Leader of the Council 

I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and I hope you managed to have a good break over the festive period.

I know the news that we are now under national restrictions is not what we hoped to start the year with, but the reality is that there has been a sharp rise in cases, not just in Stockport, but nationwide. This means that you can only leave the house for food, exercise, medical reasons or to go to work, if you cannot do this from home. For the latest information about what you can and cannot do visit GOV.UK

In Stockport case rates have more than doubled in just a week and are now at 389.5 (TBC) per 100,000, compared to 155.1 last week. This is now above the Greater Manchester average. Rates are rising in all age groups, across the borough. The latest published data can be found here.

We need to continue with everything I know we’ve all worked so hard to do over the last nine months like good hand hygiene, social distancing and wearing a face covering. These are still the most effective measures in trying to control the spread of the virus. Please also limit the amount of times you go shopping and try to shop weekly rather than daily if you can, as this will limit your risk.

I know our vaccination programme is now underway which is welcome news. We encourage anyone who is offered to take up their vaccination, but please do wait to be contacted – your GP practice will be in touch when it is possible to book your appointment. A huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in this fantastic effort. However, we cannot afford to become complacent and restrictions to our lives will continue for some time yet. So please, look after yourselves and each other.    

- Leader of Stockport Council, Elise Wilson.


Emotional wellbeing and mental health support

Winter can be a difficult time for a lot of people, and the government's new national restrictions may heighten the feelings of isolation and loneliness that come with this time of the year.

There are some things to remember, such as keeping moving, eating healthily, getting some fresh air and having good lighting, that can help you look after your wellbeing.

Do not hesitate to ask for support if you need it. If you’re feeling anxious, stressed, low or not okay, there's lots of emotional wellbeing and mental health support available. Even if you don't feel like you need the support, you may want to share this message with the people you care about.

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Be winter ready

As the nights get colder and darker, the chance of experiencing severe weather becomes more likely. It's important households are prepared for the winter. 

Know your free emergency numbers

For a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999 or in a power cut dial 105.

Flooding dial 0345 988 1188

Prepare your home – keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. Visit energynetworks.org to find out who your gas and electric network operator is.

Keep your eyes open – keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a gas emergency or a power cut, check on your neighbours in a Covid safe way.

You can also contact Greater Manchester Fire Service by calling 0800 555 815 or visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk 

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Flu Jab

Have you had your flu jab?

Last year, approximately 100,000 Stockport residents were vaccinated against the flu. It is important we continue vaccinating as many residents who have the opportunity to have the vaccine as possible.

Even if you had the vaccine last year, you still need to get a new one again this year. This is because the viruses that cause flu can change every year, so you need a vaccination that matches the new viruses each year. The vaccine usually provides protection for the duration of that year's flu season.

This winter, with COVID-19 in circulation, the programme is being extended to those aged 50 and over because this is the age at which hospitalisations for COVID-19 start to increase. It is important to prevent flu in this group, to protect these people from serious illness and reduce hospitalisations from flu. Also, research shows that if you get both flu and COVID-19 at the same time you may be more seriously ill. So vaccination is especially important this winter.

Help to protect yourselves, patients and colleagues with one quick vaccination now.

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Care Home Vaccination

First care home residents in Stockport vaccinated

Brinnington Hall is the first care home in Stockport to receive the Covid-19 vaccination for residents. The first care home residents in Stockport received the Coronavirus vaccination in December.

Residents of Brinnington Hall care home, on Middlesex Road, were given the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine after transportation and storage challenges for the vials were overcome by Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group, which is overseeing the borough's community vaccination rollout.

Residents and their families have been eagerly awaiting news of when they would be able to receive the vaccine at their home and were thrilled to find out that they were first in line in the Stockport area.

Staff at the care home have already been vaccinated at Stepping Hill Hospital, as they were amongst the first in the country to receive the jab when the largest vaccination programme in NHS history began earlier this month.

Priority cohorts for the vaccination are frontline healthcare workers, care home residents and staff, over 80s and the extremely clinically vulnerable. Further cohorts will be invited to come forward for their vaccination in 2021 through a letter from their GP or the national NHS. There is no need to contact your GP practice or the NHS to get an appointment until you receive this letter. You can find more information about the priority groups on the GOV.UK website.


FHSF

Stockport awarded £14.5m to complement ambitious plans

Our £14.5m bid to the Government’s Future High Street Fund has been successful! The funding will be used on an ambitious project for the town centre known as ‘StockRoom’, which will sit at the heart of the town centre and will repurpose 135,000 sq ft of retail space around Adlington Walk in Merseyway Shopping Centre. Bringing a learning and knowledge hub to town centre, Stockroom will act as a future-focused community and public facing services hub - which can be used by the whole community. It will celebrate the culture and creativity of the town, providing a space that encourages people to tell their story, where residents can spend leisure time, learn and celebrate their heritage.

The announcement by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government will see up to £830 million distributed to 72 areas across England transform their high streets. Stockport is one of only four high streets in the North West who have been awarded the full funding they bid for, to help implement ambitious local plans.

The funding is aimed at supporting areas to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and to help give town centres a new lease of life.


Community Calling

Gift your old smartphone to help in the community

Did you get a new smartphone for Christmas?  If you’re not sure what to do with your old one, it could be a lifeline to someone. We’re working with Hubbub’s Community Calling scheme and Starting Point, part of the DigiKnow alliance tackling digital exclusion in Stockport, to distribute recycled smartphones to vulnerable households who don’t have access to the internet.

If you can spare a smartphone that you no longer use, you’ll be helping the digitally excluded in Stockport, while also helping to reduce e-waste. The phone just needs to have an intact screen and charge properly - and if you can include the charger, even better. You can drop your old smartphone off at any open Stockport library or post it. Phones will be refurbished and passed on to people who need them, together with 12 months of free credit, provided by O2. For a freepost envelope or any further information on the scheme, follow the link below.

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