Covid Updates

Covid-19 :The local picture at-a-glance Our local Covid-19 dashboard is an ‘at-a-glance’ picture of the current situation in South Gloucestershire. It provides the latest published Covid-19 figures specifically for South Gloucestershire including: total number of laboratory confirmed cases to date, number of laboratory confirmed cases in the last 7 days, the 7-day rate per 100,000 population and total number of all deaths by week and since January 2020 where Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate. This is updated daily Monday to Friday, in the morning.

We have recently updated the dashboard to include local vaccination data.

Visit the South Gloucestershire Covid-19 dashboard here

 

Keep yourself and others safe this autumn and winter

As autumn arrives, many of us will be thinking about the colder months and what we can do to keep ourselves healthy. Colds, flus and other respiratory illnesses are more common in colder months as people are indoors more often, allowing viruses to pass more easily from one person to another. This will also mean the risk of Covid-19 infection is higher. These infections, as well as cold weather can make some health problems worse and even lead to serious complications, especially if you are 65 or older, or if you have a long-term health condition.

Director of Public Health for South Gloucestershire, Sara Blackmore and Leader of South Gloucestershire Council, Toby Savage are therefore urging everyone in South Gloucestershire to take sensible and safe precautions to keep themselves and others safe.

Their advice is to:

  • Come forward when invited for vaccination of both Covid and flu
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze
  • Stay at home if you are unwell, to reduce the risk of passing any illnesses on to friends, family, colleagues, and others in your community
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day
  • Wear a face covering in enclosed and crowded spaces where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet or where it will make you and others feel more comfortable
  • Try to meet outdoors or in well-ventilated indoor areas
  • Self-isolate and get a PCR test if you have symptoms of Covid-19
  • Self-isolate if you test positive for Covid-19 or are told to do so by NHS Test and Trace. This remains a legal requirement
  • Take a regular rapid Covid-19 test twice a week if you don’t have symptoms.
  • Be kind, courteous and considerate of others – take into account not only your own risks, but also of those around you, such as those with clinical vulnerabilities.

More information about how to stay well this winter is available here How to stay well in winter – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Local information and guidance on Covid-19 testing, vaccination, and how to access financial support if you have been impacted by Covid-19, is available on our website www.southglos.gov.uk/coronavirus

For dates and times of upcoming walk-in, appointment-free vaccination clinics around our region or to click through to the national booking system to book your vaccine, visit www.grabajab.net

 

Booster vaccine

People aged 50 years and over, care home residents, health and social care workers and younger people at risk (who have already had 2 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine) are being prioritised to receive a booster jab from 6 months after their second dose. This move will prolong the protection vaccines offer, particularly for those most vulnerable to Covid-19 as we head into the autumn and winter months.

The NHS will contact you when it is your turn to have a booster.

You can read more about the coronavirus (Covid-19) booster vaccine on the NHS website.