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Information for Greenwich Residents - 10.03.21

Abu Bah - Engagement Lead, Thamesmead Moorings

Khadijah Ahmed, Engagement Lead, Plumstead and Glyndon

Spresa Dibrani, Engagement Lead, Charlton

Rahman Famuditimi – Engagement Lead, Woolwich

We hope that you’re finding these weekly updates helpful. Some of the information included, around how to stay safe, where to get tested, and the support available, will be similar every week. However, each update will also include a different ‘hot topic’ which will be relevant to the current situation, plus an updated statistic for the local Greenwich area. 

As before, we would really like to encourage you to share the following​ information through:

  1. friends or family who live in your area
  2. local networks
  3. neighbour or community groups you may be members of
  4. with people who you come into regular contact with through your work or local groups

If you haven’t already, it would be really helpful if you could take a couple of minutes to fill out this survey, which allows us to understand how widely this Community Update is being used, and whether it is reaching everyone it needs to. Click here to access the short survey.

KEY MESSAGES 09/03/2021

 PAST 7 DAYS:

100 confirmed new cases of coronavirus in Greenwich

Cases are gradually decreasing, but we’d still like them to be lower. We need to stay safe and make sure this number continues to go down, by following the guidance explained in this update.

37 people are in hospital right now in Greenwich because of coronavirus.

This number is going down, but we need it to be zero! To have to go to hospital because of coronavirus means your case is very serious, and puts a strain on our hospitals and everyone who works in them.

 

Although there is light at the end of the tunnel with the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, for now, please remember to stay at home as much as possible so restrictions can safely and slowly be lifted.

 

It has never been more important to take every measure we can to fight the virus. Everyone needs to stay at home, except for essential activities. If you do need to leave home: Wear a mask. Make space. Wash your hands.

 

You can read all the details about Lockdown on the official website here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

 

Back to school


For many of us, our children will be returning to school this week. You may be feeling a mix of emotions – relief that home-schooling has come to an end, and that your children can socialise with their peers, but also perhaps anxiety around everyone staying safe from coronavirus.

Schools are doing all they can to keep students, staff and family members safe, including social distancing measures and the introduction of wearing face coverings inside school buildings.

It is also recommended that all secondary school pupils (year 7 and above), should take part in “asymptomatic testing”. This is a rapid test using lateral flow devices (LFDs) and will help identify people who are infectious but do not have any symptoms. (For more information about the different types of coronavirus tests, please see the section below.)

Those who test positive will self-isolate, helping to reduce the spread of the virus and keep other students safe. Testing remains voluntary but is strongly encouraged.

Consent is needed from parents for children to take part in testing. We understand that there are some concerns around the data collected if you decide to give this consent.

The data that is collected (e.g. name, postcode, NHS number) is used by the school to register the results. The data is passed to the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), so that the student's details can be entered into the test and trace system. The DHSC might also use the data for research into how Covid-19 is spread.

The data is not used for anything that is not related to Covid-19. The school destroys the data after 14 days. The DHSC destroys it after 8 years. If you do still have concerns, please raise these with the school.

For more information about returning to school and coronavirus, please visit
www.gov.uk/coronavirus/education-and-childcare.

Different types of Coronavirus tests


There are 2 main types of test to check if you have coronavirus now:

  • “Polymerase Chain Reaction” tests, also known as PCR tests. You would take a “PCR” test if you have symptoms of coronavirus (fever, new continuous cough or a loss of sense of smell or taste). These tests check for traces of the virus in the sample. They are sent for processing at a lab and results usually take 1-3 days.
  • Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests. You would take a “LFD” test if you don’t have symptoms. 1 in 3 people don’t have symptoms, so these tests are important to identify people who don’t show symptoms, and help to stop the spread of coronavirus. They detect proteins called ‘antigens’ produced by the virus. Results are given 30 minutes after taking the test.

Please see below for more information about testing.

Support if you’ve lost someone to coronavirus


Most people experience grief when they lose someone important to them. It affects everyone differently. There's no right or wrong way to feel.

Changes have been made to several services, including end of life and palliative care, as well as funeral arrangements.

You may feel that you need some extra help and support during this time. There are local places that can help, such as Greenwich Cruse Bereavement Centre, Greenwich and Bexley Hospice as well as national helplines such as Samaritans and Sudden

Live Well Greenwich has lots of helpful links that can hopefully help you during this difficult time.

 Getting tested for coronavirus

1 in 3 people have coronavirus without knowing, so to reduce the spread, you can now get tested whether you have symptoms or not. The more people that get tested, the more we can prevent the spread of this virus.

Rapid test (LFD test)
If you don’t have symptoms, you can get a rapid test. Anyone can get one of these. If you have to leave your home regularly, it’s recommended you get a rapid test 2-3 times a week. It only takes 5 mins and results are emailed to you in 30 mins. Visit www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/rapidtest to book.

Test if you have symptoms (PCR test)
If you have coronavirus symptoms (fever, new continuous cough or a loss of sense of smell or taste), no matter how mild, get a test. These tests can only be taken if you have symptoms and it takes a bit longer for you to get the results – usually a few days.

Booking is essential. Order a home test kit if you cannot get to a test site. Go to gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test, or call 119.

Please see below for information on where you can get both types of coronavirus tests in the borough:

Test centres if you have symptoms

Test centres if you don’t have symptoms

02 North Greenwich,
SE10 – car only

Daniel Defoe Hall, Greenwich Uni,
SE10—walk-in

Charlton Athletic Football Club,
SE7 – car only

David Fussey building, Greenwich Uni,
Avery Hill, SE9—walk-in

University of Greenwich, Avery Hill Road,
SE9 – foot only

Charlton Athletic Football Club,
SE7—walk-in

Abery St, Plumstead,
SE18 – foot only

Waterfront Leisure Centre, Woolwich,
SE18—walk-in

De Vere Devonport House Car Park,
SE10 – foot only

Princess Alice Pub, Thamesmead,
SE28—walk-in

Testing is NOT available at the Emergency Department at the hospital or at your GP practice, so please do not attend here trying to get a test. 

Support if you test positive and have to self-isolate

No single person or group of people are more likely than others to catch or spread Coronavirus. You or someone close to may have been unwell with Covid or you may well know someone who has. It’s a very infectious illness affecting so many and there is absolutely no shame to anyone testing positive. The most important thing is to make sure you stay as well as you can, if you do get it, and that you don’t pass it on to anyone else.

If your test result is positive, you and your household will need to stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days. This is important to stop the virus spreading and keep your community safe.

This can be stressful and worrying when you need to go to work. If you are unable to claim sick-pay from your employer and are a low income household, a one-off £500 payment may be available from the Government to support you and your family during these 10 days. Find out if you are eligible to apply for this payment or call 0800 470 4831 to talk to a friendly, local advisor from the Live Well Greenwich Community Hub.
 

 Training available

If you’re interested in helping your community through volunteering, a short training is available to introduce and prepare volunteers for the role of Neighbourhood Champion. This is an opportunity to learn, ask questions, share information and practice.

For more information, please email victoria.smith@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

If you think it would be helpful to share these messages via WhatsApp or text message, we have a shorter version available for this purpose. If you would like this, please let us know your mobile number and we can share this with you for you to forward on – please email robin.clarke@royalgreenwich.gov.uk directly with this information.
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