Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest Information

Information regarding closure of schools and nurseries to all except essential workforce

Parents/carers with children of school age

Parents will be contacted by their child's school to inform them if the school will be open for children of parents who are essential workers. If the school is unable to open, parents who are essential workers will be asked to take their child to another local school. There will be no school transport provision. Children should not attend school before 9.30am on Monday. Uniforms should be worn as usual.

Parents who are not essential workforce should make alternative childcare arrangements.

 

Parents/carers of children in nurseries and early years settings 

We have asked nurseries and early years settings to close on Monday to all except children of parents who are essential workers and who cannot make alternative childcare arrangements. This is in line with Government guidance. Parents should be contacted by their child's setting to inform them if they will be open for children of essential workforce, and if not where the nearest alternative is.

Parents who are not essential workforce should make alternative childcare arrangements.

 

An explanation of 'essential workforce' can be found here 

 

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature - you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough - this means you've started coughing repeatedly

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home. Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.

 

How long to stay at home

  • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

 

How you can help

We are urging children and adults to take further steps to protect themselves and their communities from coronavirus, including:  

  • Everyone to stay at home unless they need to get essential supplies such as food and medicines 
  • All those able to work from home to do so, unless their work is essential
  • Only traveling if absolutely necessary - while public transport won't stop, this should only be used for essential travel  - for example by key workers to travel to and from work
  • Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar

Not taking these steps puts additional pressure on communities and services that are already at risk.

Read more at Government announces further measures on social distancing.

 

Further Information and Guidance

 

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Volunteering in your community

Vulnerable people and elderly people in your community who are social distancing or self-isolating may need the support of volunteers - could you help?

Support Cumbria are looking for volunteers of all levels to support local charities and organisations in local communities.

You might have specific skills to offer or may want to help with tasks like shopping, dog walking, collecting prescriptions or other help.

Go to SupportCumbria.org.uk to register as a volunteer or to register a volunteer group.

 

 

Volunteering in your community

Vulnerable people and elderly people in your community who are social distancing or self-isolating may need the support of volunteers - could you help?

Support Cumbria are looking for volunteers of all levels to support local charities and organisations in local communities.

You might have specific skills to offer or may want to help with tasks like shopping, dog walking, collecting prescriptions or other help.

Go to SupportCumbria.org.uk to register as a volunteer or to register a volunteer group.

 

Volunteering guidance 

 

 

Third Sector Organisations and Volunteer Groups

Cumbria CVS has created a resource page to help support the third sector organisations in Cumbria access information around the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently there is not a lot of information from national government around the needs of small, local third sector organisations (it has been focused on businesses and individuals). This webpage aims to direct you to the information that is available, and to fill some of the gaps, bringing together information from the TSNE, Cumbria County Council, Public Health along with national government and charities advice.

You can access the resource here at www.cumbriacvs.org.uk/coronavirus.

 

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How to avoid catching or spreading germs

You can help prevent the spread of flu germs and viruses and it's really easy - remember to catch it, bin it, kill it.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately
  • Wash your handsmore often for 20 seconds with soap and water. Or use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Find out more about symptoms and if you're worried.