There is a lot of valuable information out there. We will put the local aspects first where possible. Please also refer to the up to date SCAM list under the Neighbourhood Watch page.
We still receive the daily updates from Suffolk County Council on behalf of all of Suffolk about the current situation which includes information and advice from the Government. However these are no longer in a format that we can cut and paste onto this page. Instead they are in the form of a link. If you would like to access the daily update, please do so via this link which will take you to the SALC page with the daily update link clearly shown.
We have retained the basic useful websites informantion below which are an invaluable source of information.
PLEASE BE AWARE - Palgrave has mobilised a group of Volunteers from in and around our Parish...
A group of people from different organisations from around the Parish, has been formed to help people in and around Palgrave: whether it’s those who are self-isolating, or those who are struggling to obtain essential supplies or medication, or anyone else who might need something we can help with!
This group is being co-ordinated by Sharon Cousins-Clarke. Contact Sharon on email@example.com
A letter of thanks was received by Babergh Mid Suffolk to all our volunteers for their continued support.
COVID-19 PCSG -
A Palgrave Community Support group to coordinate support to Palgrave village during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 outbreak has been set up. The group is comprised of representatives of the Parish Council, the PDCC, Neighbourhood Watch and others in the community. The aims of the Palgrave Community Support group are:
• coordination of the many volunteers - several people have kindly offered their services and we are keen to expand our pool of volunteers. If you feel able to help either by being a first point of contact, or by assisting with tasks such as shopping or by giving neighbourly support over the phone, please contact Sharon on firstname.lastname@example.org
• we have door knocked every household in the parish to determine who needs support. This is now followed up with a contact card to those identified vulnerable people, which is being distributed through the letterbox. If you haven’t received one and are classified as vulnerable, please contact Sharon on email@example.com or call on 01379 309401;
Where to go for information and advice:
We will add links to useful websites on this Parish Council website as and when we have them;
If you need support please do not hesitate to contact the person named on the cards which have been distributed and if you are able to assist us, please do not hesitate to contact Sharon Cousins-Clarke. Thank you very much.
Please bear in mind at this difficult time that the Church is [also] here if you need any help or someone to talk to. Only the church building is closed. You are welcome to call Rev Adrian Watkins (Rector) 741949, Rev Ginny Manning (Assistant Priest) 644229 or Hugh Bunbury (Churchwarden) 643635.
We would also like to remind all parishioners that the Palgrave Welfare Trust is standing by in case the virus causes financial hardship. Their contact details can be found are on their dedicated page on this website.
Latest Government guidelines
The government has released updated guidelines related to the coronavirus. As ever, it is important to use official government advice to inform any actions or decisions, given the prevalence of unreliable news sources. On 11 May, the government released Our plan to rebuild: the UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy —this gives more detail of the new government guidelines that come into effect from 13 May.
As the days go into weeks, it is more important than ever that people remember that anyone can spread Coronavirus so everyone should stay at home.
Stick With It Suffolk -
Is a campaign launched on Monday 18 May 2020, highlighting what we must all continue doing, to keep each other safe and to defeat the virus. It is crucial that people keep following the instructions.
- Keep staying at home
- Keep working from home where you can
- Keep 2 metres apart if you go out
- Keep exercising safely
- Keep washing your hands with soap and water
- Keep self-isolating if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
- Keep travelling by car, bike or walking
- Keep staying safe at work
- Keep shielding yourself if you’re vulnerable
- Keep supporting local businesses
- Keep looking out for each other
Please remember to STAY ALERT, CONTROL THE VIRUS, SAVE LIVES
With best wishes,
Leader, Suffolk County Council
Chief Executive, Suffolk County Council
Director of Public Health, Suffolk County Council
Current UK Alert Level: 3
On 19/06/2020 update from the UK Chief Medical Officers on the UK alert level confirmed that the UK COVID-19 alert level has been lowered from risk level 4 to risk level 3. It does not mean that the pandemic is over. The virus is still in general circulation, and localised outbreaks are likely to occur.
Please note the Government’s messaging is ‘stay alert, control the virus, save lives’ (previously ‘stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives’)
Current UK Situation
- As of 4pm on 30 June, 312,654 people have tested positive. As of 4pm on 30 June, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, across all settings, 43,730 have died. You can view the latest UK dashboard and cases by local authority. Confirmed cases* in Suffolk are broken down by Districts & Boroughs as follows:
Ipswich - 351 - 255.2 per 100,000 residents
East Suffolk - 625 - 251.8 per 100,000 residents
Mid Suffolk - 187 - 182.5 per 100,000 residents
Babergh - 156 - 170.7 per 100,000 residents
West Suffolk - 245 - 137.0 per 100,000 residents
Suffolk - 1,564 - 206.2 per 100,000 residents
*Please note numbers may go up or down as the reported data are continually checked and cleaned.
COVID-19 related news from GOV.UK
- Ofqual publishes more details on appeals and confirms autumn exam arrangements: Any student unable to receive a calculated result, and others who would like to improve their grades, will have the opportunity to take a full suite of GCSE, AS and A Level exams in autumn, Ofqual has confirmed on Tuesday 30 June.
- PPE deliveries statistics (England): For use by health and social care services in England: 22 June to 28 June 2020: In these 7 days the Department of Health and Social care distributed over 145 million PPE items for use by health and social care services in England through the PPE Dedicated Supply Channel, NHS Supply Chain and other routes.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter from Minister Hall to local authorities on funding support for those in emergency accommodation and EEA rough sleepers: The letter announced a funding amount of £105 million to help local authorities implement a range of support interventions. This includes supporting moves into the private rented sector, helping individuals to reconnect with friends or family, and extending or procuring interim accommodation.
- Additional £16 million in funding to be made available this financial year to tackle the substance dependence treatment needs of this population.
- Suspension of EU Free Movement Directive in order to enable local authorities to accommodate and support a specific group of rough sleeping EU nationals for up to 12 weeks
Other COVID-19 related news
- BBC: Concerns' around Covid-19 rates in Bradford and Doncaster: Professor Neil Ferguson, of Imperial College London, has warned that Bradford and Doncaster are "clearly of concern" for potential local outbreaks, with high rates of Covid-19. he said: "Those are areas, where not as high as Leicester, but they have some of the highest numbers of cases per 100,000 of the population, which is the relevant measure, so they're clearly of concern." (Please note link to article will take you to BBC Global news live reporting page and you will need to scroll down to time 09:28 to get to the article based on BBC Radio 4 interview)
- BBC: Boris Johnson pledges 'new deal' to build post-virus: As part of a "new deal", Mr Johnson is setting out plans to accelerate £5bn on infrastructure projects.
- BBC: What effects does Covid-19 have on the brain? Effects include but not limited to stroke, delirium, anxiety, confusion and fatigue. As each week passes, it is becoming increasingly clear that coronavirus can trigger a huge range of neurological problems.
- BBC: Lockdown boosts Couch to 5K downloads: The coronavirus lockdown has spurred thousands to put on trainers and run. More than 858,000 people downloaded the NHS-backed Couch to 5K app between March and the end of June.
- BBC: Coronavirus: Snacking and family meals increase in lockdown: Changes in young people's eating habits, tracked during the lockdown in England, show both increases in snacking and families eating together. Researchers found 60% of young people thought more shared family meal times were positive for health and wellbeing.
- BBC: The falconer and the lockkeeper, unlikely key workers: Matt Forward is a falconer and his job is to keep the pigeons away from Trafalgar Square. Pest management was covered in the key worker list, so throughout lockdown Matt drove himself and his Harris hawk 45 miles to the iconic square two mornings a week. Alex Goode, site manager at Foxton Locks, in Leicestershire, is another example of an unusual keyworker. Essential travel stopped on the canal system at the beginning of lockdown yet boaters still needed to pass through the locks and therefore Alex is needed as a keyworker.
- US buys up world stock of key Covid-19 drug remdesivir. No other country will be able to buy remdesivir, which can help recovery from Covid-19, for next three months at least
- Australia battling rising cases of COVID-19 in Victoria, which is facing a possible new state-wide lockdown.
- Lebanon’s international airport reopens after three month closure
- EU borders are reopening to people from 15 countries but the US remains on excluded list
Speculation about where local lockdowns are likely: You may have seen a national news story yesterday which listed 36 places where local lockdowns might be necessary, based on ‘spikes’ in cases. Suffolk was included in this list. You should know that this list is based on a comparison of the number of cases last week (20-26 June) compared to the number the week before (13-19 June). In Suffolk, there was an increase of 1 case in this period, from 2 cases to 3 cases, equivalent to an increase of 50%. This is clearly a very low base, however it has not stopped some media outlets from reporting it as if a local lockdown is therefore imminent. Whilst the number and location of cases is monitored on the daily basis so that we can take action to manage COVID-19, this particular story is not something to worry about. We would appreciate it if you could share this with your partners, communities and customers if concerns are raised. More information
Stick with it Suffolk as more businesses open: As more businesses are allowed to open this weekend, residents are being urged to #StickWithItSuffolk by keeping it local and sticking to the guidance, such as social distancing. Businesses have been working hard to bring in new measures to enable them to trade, keep their customers safe and help reduce the spread of COVID-19. But they need the public to help, by sticking to these measures and acting sensibly. This will help to prevent the virus from spreading again. Otherwise, businesses could once again be threatened with closure. More Information
Suffolk granted more funding for emergency walking and cycling schemes: Suffolk County Council has been awarded more money than expected from the Department for Transport to support its ambitious plans for emergency temporary walking and cycling schemes in Suffolk. Back in May, the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced a £250m investment in swift emergency interventions to make walking and cycling easier and safer during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to avoid over crowding the transport network. The interventions ensure those people who need and want to make essential journeys and take daily exercise by foot or bike can do safely whilst maintaining social distancing. More Information
UOS plan to help the local economy: The University of Suffolk is supporting an ambitious plan to get the economy of Suffolk and Norfolk back on its feet in the wake of Covid-19. The plan contains an unprecedented package of measures to be delivered by partners locally and nationally to get businesses up and trading again, restore business, consumer and community confidence, and support to those who do lose their jobs. More Information
Child immunisation: Local clinical commissioning groups are urging parents to not put off getting their child immunised. By delaying it could be reduce children’s level of immunity. GPS are available and happy to talk if parents have concerns. Here is a simple video about the importance of getting immunisations even during the covid-19 pandemic.
Questions on Covid-19: Healthwatch Suffolk are asking for public questions on the impact of Coronavirus on health and wellbeing in Suffolk and what this means going forward. Questions will be put to the Health and Wellbeing Board on 16th July. Questions need to be submitted by 8th July. More Information
You can now get tested in Framlingham: A Government mobile testing unit will be available this Thursday and Saturday. Additional dates are due to be announced by Government shortly. If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you must immediately start isolating for 7 days and get tested. Symptoms are a high temperature, or a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. To book a test, visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119. You can request a home test kit or visit a local testing centre. These can regularly be found in: Beccles, Bury St Edmunds, Eye, Framlingham, Halesworth, Haverhill, Ipswich, Leiston, Lowestoft, Sudbury. For more information visit www.suffolk.gov.uk/testing and see “Where can I get tested in Suffolk?”
Key National Guidance updates
The existing guidance is being updated extremely regularly so please check any guidance relevant to your area to ensure that you are accessing the most up to date version. We are not including in this pdf list all the published material but some of the key guidance that would be relevant to Suffolk County Council and our partners.
A List of Useful Websites is available covering many aspects related to health and wellbeing.
Global: WHO Situation Report – reports available
- WHO Covid-19 Dashboard for professionals using near real time data.
- GOARN COVID-19 Knowledge hub - central repository of quality public health information, guidance, tools and webinars which can be accessed freely at any point.
Situation in Numbers WHO SitRep 162, 30 June