Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and information
Play your part, protect our district
Wyre Forest District Council is working closely with Public Health England to stop the spread of coronavirus, but we need you to play your part, protect our district.
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can get a free test.
What to do if you develop symptoms
If you develop symptoms:
- You and anyone in your household must immediately self-isolate until you receive the results of your test.
- You need to order a test immediately. Get a test online or call 119
You can get a free rapid Covid-19 test from some pharmacies across the district.
This testing is for adults and children who are 12 years and over, who live or work in Worcestershire and who do not have any symptoms of Covid-19. Tests can be booked online using the booking website www.1centralhealth.co.uk/worcslft
Rapid turnaround tests are supplied by NHS Test and Trace and will help identify people who are positive for Covid-19 but have no symptoms. Around one in three people who are infected with Covid-19 have no symptoms. Broadening testing to include those with no symptoms will mean finding positive cases more quickly, and help to break the chains of transmission.
Rapid tests only measure if someone is infectious at that point in time. If a person has a negative test and goes on to develop any symptoms, they must self-isolate immediately and arrange a standard test.
Anyone who has a positive test must self-isolate immediately and follow the advice given by the local contact tracing team or the national test and trace service. It is vital that people identify contacts to help stop the spread of the virus.
Kidderminster Library - new rapid test site
Kidderminster Library is now a site for rapid Covid testing, there is no longer a rapid testing site at Wyre Forest House.
People over the age of 18 can access a free rapid Covid test at Kidderminster Library, Market Street, from Tuesday 6 April.
The library is also a collection point for home testing kits.
The new site is running alongside the existing testing site in the town, for people with Covid symptoms, at Aggborough, the home of Kidderminster Harriers.
It is currently advised that if you need to leave home for work, you are recommended to get a test twice a week.
All appointments for Kidderminster Library rapid testing can be booked using this online booking link https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/LateralFlowTesting however, walk-in appointments are possible, but subject to availability.
Worcestershire Here2Help community service is available for people who may need assistance. More inforation can be found on their website: worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help
The Additional Restrictions GrantClosed for applications on Friday 18 December 2020
The Government has announced a new financial package to support and enforce self-isolation.
In some circumstances, if you are required by law to self-isolate from Monday 28 September you may be supported by a payment of £500, payable from Wyre Forest District Council.
From 24 September 2020, venues from hospitality, leisure and tourism, close contact services, and local authority venues across England are legally required to display an official NHS QR code poster at their venue. Further guidance is available to sectors in scope of this legal requirement can be found by visiting GOV.UK
This will make it easier for customers with the app to check-in and allow NHS Test and Trace to alert users and provide them with public health advice in the event of a coronavirus outbreak linked to a venue.
By more of us downloading the app – we have the power to help contain the virus and help protect our friends, families and community in across the district.
The hospitality sector will be required to ask for contact details of customers, visitors and staff on behalf of NHS Test and Trace. If you do not provide these details you may be refused entry.
Reporting business non-compliance
If you are concerned a business is in breach of the coronavirus measures you can report this to Worcestershire Regulatory Services by calling 01905 822799 or by email.
Reporting face covering non-compliance
Premises where face coverings are required should take reasonable steps to promote compliance with the law. If individuals refuse to comply it may result as a police matter and a fine. Those working within the retail sector are now required to wear facemasks.
It is mandatory to wear a face covering in public indoor settings, including taxis, public transport, shops and supermarkets - unless you are exempt for health, age or equality reasons.
In August 2020, the list of places where it is mandatory to wear a face covering was extended considerably, to include cinemas, concert halls, community centres, and places of worship. For the full list visit the government website.
Anyone using a taxi, including the driver and passengers, are required to wear facemasks within vehicles.
Customers in hospitality venues must wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink. Staff in hospitality and retail will now also be required to wear face coverings.
Your face covering must cover your nose and mouth at all times.
Face coverings are not a replacement for social distancing, which remains an important action.
Children under the age of 11 do not have to wear face coverings. Children under the age of 3 must not wear face coverings as there is a risk of suffocation.
More information and guidance on face coverings is available to read on the GOV.UK website.
Mental Health Foundation looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Diabetes UK has provided an updated information page for people living with diabetes.
Asthma UK has released a blog post with advice for people with asthma.
The British Heart Foundation has published guidance for people with health problems.
The National Eczema Society has offered advice on hand washing techniques for people with eczema and other skin conditions.
SignHealth has created British Sign Language (BSL) videos to help deaf BSL users either working in charities or receiving support.
Carers UK has produced recommendations for carers.
Cancer Research UK - Coronavirus and cancer
In addition to the new national lockdown, the government has reintroduced guidance on shielding for those who have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable. If you are in this group, you will previously have received a letter from the NHS or from your GP telling you this.
The clinically extremely vulnerable can also register for support . If you need any assistance with this please call Wyre Forest District Council on 01562 732928. You can use this service to get access to priority supermarket deliveries or to ask for someone to contact you about any local support that’s available.
You can register yourself, or on behalf of someone else. If you’ve already got priority supermarket deliveries, you’ll keep them.
The Wyre Forest Welfare Support Scheme can help vulnerable people with support where they are can't meet their immediate short term needs or where they need help to keep their independence or re-integrate within the community
Worcestershire Here 2 Help provides a central location for those who are unable to seek help from family, friends and neighbours. You can request help and find useful resources.
We are complying with the government’s guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19. We have carried out risk assessments for all our facilities and done everything practical to manage transmission risk.
Some of our buildings will be closed to members of the public in certain circumstances.