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Council offers support to its most vulnerable residents

Published on Wednesday, 18th November 2020

The government advise clinically extremely vulnerable people to take extra lockdown measures

COVID-19 case numbers are continuing to rise in North Warwickshire and North Warwickshire Borough Council is urging residents to do the right things and follow the guidance.

Everyone in England, including those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, is required to follow the new national restrictions from 5 November, which have been set out by the government and apply to the whole population. These restrictions:

  • require people to stay at home, except for specific purposes
  • prevent people gathering with those they do not live with, except for specific purposes
  • close certain businesses and venues

Additional guidance has now been issued for people who are defined as clinically extremely vulnerable and who are therefore at very high risk of severe illness from COVID-19. These people will have received a letter from the government advising them of new shielding measures will apply nationally for 4 weeks up to 2 December. At the end of the period, the government will look to return to a regional approach and will issue further guidance at the time.

Those considered clinically extremely vulnerable are advised not to go to the shops, to work from home if possible (or access the furlough scheme if not), to not visit an education setting nor visit a pharmacy and they are advised to only leave their home for walk/exercise or to attend a medical appointment. In order to help those people most in need, North Warwickshire Borough Council and its partners are continuing to make support available.  This may include helping request a priority supermarket delivery slot (if you do not already have one) or help with shopping or delivery of medicines. A dedicated Covid hotline is available for those who need signposting for extra support - 0800 408 1447 (The hotline is open: Monday to Thursday - 9am to 5pm, Friday - 9am to 4.30pm, Saturday - 9am to 3pm and Sunday - 10am to 1pm.)

Council Leader, Cllr David Wright, said “North Warwickshire Borough Council wants to offer support to those residents who have been advised to stay at home for the next 4 weeks. We are here to help, If you cannot access food or medication, if you are struggling with isolation or mental health issues or you are in financial difficulty please do not hesitate to contact us on by calling 01827 715341 or via our website www.northwarks.gov.uk.”