District News: Community Covid-19 testing moves to rapid Lateral Flow Tests, PAH consultation, 2021 Census + more

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Essex community Covid-19 testing moves to rapid Lateral Flow Tests


With 13 rapid testing sites now set up across Essex, we are encouraging all residents to book a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) to quickly find out if they have Covid-19.

The LFT centres are replacing the PCR testing offer that is currently available in communities and run by district and borough councils. This change will help more people access a test quickly and help to identify people who are unknowingly spreading Covid-19.

The locations of LFT centres mean that no resident lives further than 12 miles away from a centre.

The last day you can return a PCR test to our sites at Turpin’s Indoor Bowling Club, Peaslands Road, Saffron Walden CB11 3EG or Rowena Davey Centre, Chequers Lane, Dunmow CM6 1EQ is Thursday 4 February, as they will close later that day. The sites for people to pick up a PCR home testing kit will be available until 28 January or until available stocks last.

To find out more, visit our website.

Anyone who has symptoms for Covid-19 – a high temperature, new or continuous cough, or a loss or change of taste or smell – should book a test through the national booking system. Further information is available on the NHS website.

Latest Covid-19 data for Essex

The latest Covid-19 data available shows a significant reduction in case rates across Essex.

In the seven days to 14 January, there were 9,592 confirmed cases. The weekly case rate for Essex was 644.1 per 100,000 people. Uttlesford had the lowest case rate at 440 per 100,000.

However, infection rates remain significantly higher than at any time in wave one. It is vital to adhere to the guidance, work from home if possible and always socially distance.

► See a breakdown of the latest Covid data for Essex

► Get the latest Covid news and statements from Essex County Council

See latest message from Cllr John Lodge, Leader of Uttlesford District Council

Act like you've got it

Community Response Hub

The Uttlesford Community Response Hub can help people with their shopping and collecting prescriptions as well as other day-to-day activities such as dog walking.

It continues to help people in the community who need it, particularly those who are clinically extremely vulnerable and self-isolating.

The number 03333 408 218 is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, or you can send an email.

Updated guidance from GOV.UK for those who are shielding and protecting those who are clinically extremely vulnerable

► Updated guidance from GOV.UK for those who are self-isolating

Think 111 first

NHS 111

If you have a medical problem that’s not life-threatening, call the NHS 111 team first and they'll direct you to the service that best meets your needs.

When you think you need A&E, contact NHS 111 first by phone or online. The NHS will help you right away and if you need urgent care they can book you in to be seen quickly and safely.

If you have a life-threatening illness or injury then you should dial 999.


Your mind plan


There are simple things we can all do to look after our mental wellbeing.

Take the short Mind Plan Quiz from Every Mind Matters to get a free NHS plan, full of tailored tips and advice to help you manage stress, sleep better and boost your mood

Visit Every Mind Matters and take the Mind Plan Quiz

Spot the signs of domestic abuse


Coronavirus has prompted a surge in domestic abuse, yet victims of abuse are reporting difficulty in accessing help and support.

J9 community training teaches us to spot the signs of domestic abuse and how to support those affected.

► Find out more

Princess Alexandra Hospital consultation


The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAH) is building a new hospital to care for future generations – and they want to hear what you think.

A free virtual public meeting is taking place on Thursday 4 February, 6.30pm to 8pm to share the vision for the new hospital and how you can have your say.

Register your place to attend the free event via Eventbrite 

Census 2021


Households across Uttlesford will soon be asked to take part in the nationwide survey of housing and the population. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

Information from the digital-first census will help decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes.

Households will receive a letter with a unique access code in the post, allowing them to complete their questionnaire online. Paper questionnaires will be available on request. Census day is March 21.

Get more information

Make the switch today


Register for the Essex Energy Switch today and join the thousands of people already saving on their gas and electricity bills.

It’s free, easy and there’s no obligation to switch. The more people that register, the bigger the potential benefit!

► Find out more about the Essex Energy Switch and register

Visit Essex photo competition

VE photo comp

Pick up your camera and capture the beauty of your local area when you venture out for your daily exercise. Many of us are walking, running, and cycling perhaps more now than ever before as many businesses remain closed.

Explore what is on your doorstep (but please remember to maintain social distancing and follow government guidelines) and share the wonderful sights you find by entering the Visit Essex photo competition.

The closing date for entries is 28 February.

Get full details on how to enter