Covid-19 infection rates are now rising rapidly within Buckinghamshire.

The rate has now risen to 109.7 per 100,000 population for Buckinghamshire as a whole. The former South Bucks District area continues to have an extremely high rate with 161.8, up from 122.1 last week.

Worryingly, the rates are now increasing in all parts of Buckinghamshire, not just the south. The full details by former District area may be found on our coronavirus webpage.

This virus is continuing to spread into older age groups which means hospital admissions will start to rise as more vulnerable groups are infected. This would coincide with when hospitals are at their busiest during winter months. Therefore, Buckinghamshire is increasingly on the Government list as an area of concern and for potential movement into ‘Tier 2’, with extra restrictions across a range of our everyday freedoms and impact on jobs.

What can be done?

Buckinghamshire Council, in partnership with Buckinghamshire Public Health and the Buckinghamshire NHS, is launching a campaign this week to make people aware of how serious the situation is. They are asking them for their cooperation on how they act. You hopefully will have seen the street banners that are being placed in many high streets and outside schools. In addition, they are asking shops to display posters and leaflets. To reach everyone they are writing to every household to make them aware of the seriousness of the situation and asking for their support.

How we can all help?

To protect each other we all have a role to play.  Please help by:

  • Staying at home if you have symptoms and booking a test, even if your symptoms are only mild
  • Observe the rule of six indoors and outdoors
  • Always stay 2 metres (6 feet) apart
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often
  • Wear a face-covering (unless you’re exempt)

In addition, they are asking you, where possible, on a voluntary basis to avoid socialising with other households indoors at home. Meet up outside instead, or in a Covid-19 safe environment. This will make a big difference.

Testing

If you have coronavirus symptoms, no matter how mild, please book a test immediately. You can do this by going to GOV.UK or by calling 119.

Providing a ‘Helping Hand’ over half term

Buckinghamshire Council is determined that no child goes hungry over half term. They have therefore set up the ‘Helping Hand’ programme to help those who need extra support. This is financed by contributions from both the Government’s Hardship Fund and Buckinghamshire Council.

The ‘Helping Hand’ team can help direct people to the support that is right for them. This may be from the voluntary or community sector or direct from ourselves.

If you’re worried about food over half term, and not sure what help is available, please contact the ‘Helping Hand’ support line on 01296 395000. You can also speak with a member of staff at one of the Council Access Points – these are the Council offices in Aylesbury, Amersham and High Wycombe. Information on wider food support available to residents can be found in the online directory.

Stay safe and protect Bucks.

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