Coronavirus

Please visit the government website for the latest advice on coronavirus (COVID-19).  Further information is also available on the Public Health England (PHE) and NHS websites.

We have also produced a Community Support Handbook pdf full of helpful advice and support.

Essex County Council are providing useful information on Community Support in Essex, including how to register for support if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to Coronavirus.

Public Health England has translated information on COVID-19 into 40 languages, for more information visit the Public Health England website.

Getting tested

Information on who can get tested and where to get tested for COVID-19 is available on the Essex County Council - Getting tested for COVID-19 webpage.

 

Regular rapid coronavirus tests if you do not have symptoms

You can now get regular rapid tests if you do not have symptoms of COVID-19. Getting tested regularly is the only way to know if you have the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading. For further information and how to get a regular test please visit the nhs.uk website.

 

Fast COVID-19 testing centre

A fast testing centre has opened in Brentwood for those who do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

The testing centre is situated at the The Nightingale Centre, Pastoral Way, Warley, Brentwood CM14 5WF.

This testing centre is the third of its kind in Essex and will join The Towngate Theatre in Basildon and The Place Leisure Centre in Pitsea. The tests are only for people that do not have symptoms and give results in around 30 minutes.

As a guide, this centre is for use by people who live in the target areas which correspond to Brentwood, particularly residents in Hutton and Brentwood North.

Tests are by appointment only, and anyone booking must live in one of the areas described above. Booking can be made by calling 0333 772 6144. Lines are open from 8am to 8pm every day including Saturday and Sunday.

Anyone with symptoms should book a test via the NHS Test and Trace App or at Gov.uk - get a free NHS test

NHS COVID-19 app

The new NHS COVID-19 app has been launched to assist with ‘test and trace’.

What the app does:

  • Trace - get alerted if you've been near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus.
  • Alert - lets you know the level of coronavirus risk in your postcode district.
  • Check-in - get alerted if you have visited a venue where you may have come into contact with coronavirus.

Additional features include an official NHS QR code scanner, which removes the need to fill in forms with your contact details, symptoms reporter tool, booking a test and receiving its results, and keeping track of your self-isolation countdown as well as advice.

The app can be downloaded from the Apple or Google Play stores and search for 'NHS COVID-19 app'.

Further information is available on the NHS COVID-19 website.

It is a legal requirement for all designated businesses and venues to log details of customers, visitors and staff for NHS Test and Trace and from Thursday 24 September they will be required to display official NHS QR code posters.

More information on the app and the requirements of businesses can be found on Gov.uk or you can read more about which venues in England should display official NHS QR code posters.

Additional information can also be found on our Brentwood Open web page.

COVID-19 Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme

The Government has introduced a Test and Trace Support Payment to support people in employment and meet the qualifying criteria. Further information is available on our COVID-19 Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme web page.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

Everyone aged 18 and over is being urged to arrange a jab if they have not had one as the NHS Covid Vaccination Programme, the biggest in health service history, begins the final push to protect the country.

For more information about the vaccine roll out in Essex visit NHS COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Essex

Don’t forget – you need to have both doses of the vaccine and whether you have had your vaccine or not, please continue to follow all the guidance in place to control the virus and save lives.

Steps to easing lockdown

England has moved into Step 4 

All remaining closed businesses and venues such as nightclubs and adult entertainment venues can now reopen.

All capacity limits at sporting, entertainment, or business events have also been lifted.

Hospitality venues such as pubs, restaurants and bars are no longer required to provide table service or follow other social distancing rules.

All businesses should follow the principles set out in the working safely guidance. Whilst the Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can, the Government would expect and recommend a gradual return over the summer.

Employers will still have a legal duty to manage risks to those affected by their business. The way to do this is to carry out a health and safety risk assessment, including the risk of COVID-19, and to take reasonable steps to mitigate the risks you identify. Working Safely guidance sets out a range of mitigations employers should consider including:

  • cleaning surfaces that people touch regularly;
  • identifying poorly-ventilated areas in the venue and taking steps to improve air flow;
  • ensuring that staff and customers who are unwell do not attend the workplace or venue;
  • communicating to staff and customers the measures you have put in place.

We encourage organisations in higher risk settings to use the NHS COVID Pass as a condition of entry, in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19. This will especially be the case in large crowded settings where people are likely to be in close proximity to others outside their household. The Government reserves the right to mandate certification in certain venues at a later date if necessary.

To support organisations and individuals in these settings, the NHS COVID Pass will be made available through the NHS App, NHS.UK, or as a letter that can be requested by ringing NHS 119. Visitors will also be able to show text or email confirmation of test results. Organisations should ensure they are in compliance with all legal obligations, including on equalities.

There are some settings where the NHS COVID Pass should not be used as a condition of entry, in order to ensure access for all. This includes essential services and essential retailers which have been able to stay open throughout the pandemic.

Businesses are also encouraged to continue displaying QR codes for customers wishing to check in using the NHS COVID-19 app, or to continue collecting customer contact details to support NHS Test and Trace, however this will no longer be a legal requirement.

For further information please visit gov.uk

How can you help 

  • Keep up to date with information and public health advice
  • Download and share the Community Support Booklet
  • Please try to pay, report or apply for services online

Register to become a NHS volunteer

Vaccine site volunteers required to help with marshalling and supporting less mobile residents around the site as well as handling out refreshments and chatting whilst they have their jab and are observed by clinical staff. Telephone Brentwood Mutual Aid on 01277 424 953 for further information.

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