Covid-19 cases in Swindon and Wiltshire
A number of cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Swindon and Wiltshire over the past 7 days.
We would like to reassure people living and working in Swindon and Wiltshire that while we do expect to see more cases in the weeks and months ahead, we have robust mechanisms in place to contain the infection and protect the health of the local community.
The priority is to safeguard local communities which sometimes involves taking preventative measures to help reduce the risk of further cases.
For more information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19)
- PHE www.gov.uk/coronavirus
- NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
- ‘Hands. Face. Space’ public information campaign - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-campaign-to-prevent-spread-of-coronavirus-indoors-this-winter
Following national media reports that some people across the country are struggling to get test appointments near their homes, our advice remains that we encourage people to try and get a test as soon as possible if they are experiencing any sort of COVID-19 symptoms and they should isolate themselves for 10 days. Those living in the same households should self-isolate for 14 days if they or any members of the household receive a positive test.
We’d encourage people to regularly check the online portal to not miss out on the opportunity of getting a test as close to their home as possible. Booking slots are made available the evening before for morning appointments, and on the morning for afternoon appointments. We are in regular contact with the Department for Health and Social Care and it is aware of the need for people to get quick and easy access to testing should they require it.
The Department for Health and Social Care say there is a high demand for tests and to stop the spread of the virus they are targeting testing capacity at the areas that need it most, including those where there is an outbreak, as well as prioritising at-risk groups.
Those who are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms – a high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss or change to sense of smell or test, should visit the NHS website or call 119 to book an appointment or order a home test kit.
The best way to prevent the spread of the virus is to regularly wash hands, maintain social distancing and to continue to stay at home as much as possible.