Devon County Council sent this bulletin at 27-03-2020 09:32 PM GMT
|We’re working around the clock to ensure the most vulnerable people in Devon are cared for and essential services continue to reach our communities. The single most important thing we can all do to help fight the coronavirus outbreak is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. |
Full guidance on staying at home and away from others can be found on the Government’s website.Things are changing on a daily basis but we are working to keep you informed through this email update, and our coronavirus (COVID-19) pages on our websitewhich have all the latest information from the government, the NHS and from our community.
Please note that all of our sites and offices are closed to the public, except for necessary prearranged visits.
Advice about potential disruption to adult care services
The potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) is likely to have an impact on our care providers’ staffing levels and ability to deliver care services to residents across Devon. We’ve published some information about how we’re going to prioritise visits to the most vulnerable and the plans we’re making to ensure that you are not at risk if your care is temporarily limited by staffing resources. We’ve also got some advice on what you can do to help us prepare.
How to volunteer and help safely
Many of you have been volunteering to offer practical, emotional and social support to your neighbours, communities and the NHS, which is excellent, but you need to do so safely. The Government has published guidance on how to help safely – please read it. There’s more information on our website about how to get involved in one of the many local initiatives that communities across Devon are putting together or sign up to become an NHS Volunteer Responder.
Support for self-employed people
Self-employed people are a vital part of Devon’s economy, with self-employment rates here 4.1% above the national average. The Government has announced the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) to support self-employed individuals, including members of partnerships, whose incomes have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Full details can be found on the Government business support website.
Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp
The Government has launched its Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp. The free service is an automated ‘chatbot’ that will provide information on coronavirus prevention and symptoms, the latest number of cases in the UK, advice on staying at home, travel advice and myth busting. More information can be found on the Government website.