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  1. Covid-19 Testing Now Available for Key Workers and Their Families Pre-booked drive-through testing is available at Merton Meadow car park in Hereford. If you're an essential worker who is self-isolating, you can now apply for you and your household to get tested in Herefordshire for Covid-19 coronavirus. The drive-through testing is available at Merton Meadow car park in Hereford and tests can be booked on the government website. The test is only for people who have symptoms of coronavirus – whether that’s you, or someone you live with. It involves taking a swab sample fro
  2. 'Thank you' to the fabulous biomedical scientists and technicians, the Infection Prevention team at the microbiology dept at the Wye Valley NHS who have been processing all the COVID19 samples locally to ensure prompt diagnosis for the people of Herefordshire! Photo courtesy Evelyn Williams
  3. 'Thinking of you’ service set up for loved ones to keep in touch with patients There was no image, so we have created this one which has been endorsed by the trust for us to use. A new ‘thinking of you’ service has been set up for loved ones to keep in touch with patients staying in hospitals across the county, whilst ward visiting remains suspended. Wye Valley NHS Trust has introduced the new service to help keep patients and their family and friends in contact with one another during Covid-19. The service is available seven days a week and messages will be deliver
  4. Herefordshire Council | Talk Community. Looking after each other? The weekend is the perfect time to call friends, neighbours and relatives to see how they are coping and to check they are ok during this difficult time. If someone you know is having trouble please call 01432 260027 or visit the Talk Community website HERE What is Talk Community? Herefordshire Council Talk Community COVID-19 response team has been set up to provide help and support where it’s most needed in Herefordshire, to identify and support the most vulnerable residents in the county. The response team is
  5. Check out this brilliant illustration tribute that we had sent to us by our friend Kyle Dowling of 'Captain Tom Moore' who will be 100 years old at the end of this month and has raised over £13m for the NHS. You can donate HERE Illustration courtesy of Kyle Blade please email any art enquiries to kdowlingart@gmail.com #HerefordVoice #walkwithtom #NHS
  6. Captain Tom Moore 100th Birthday Badges! Our friend Kyle Dowling (artist)has created these fantastic birthday badges to celebrate Captain Tom Moore's 100th birthday. Hereford Voice appreciates this nice gesture and is happy to share this idea from the artist however, we are not involved in any sales or profit whatsoever. You could also celebrate by changing your profile photos to a 'Happy Birthday' badge or maybe wearing a birthday badge for Tom and sending him your wishes with a photo. Captain Tom has so far raised over £17m for the NHS. If you prefer, you can
  7. Advice to landowners and the public when accessing public rights of way and open spaces The government’s priority is to save lives and the best way to protect yourself and others from illness is to stay at home. However, exercise is still important for people’s physical and mental wellbeing and many people look to take their daily exercise outside. The extended restrictions on movement announced by the government also apply to public rights of way and everyone must follow government rules and advice for the safety of all. Please be aware that some people live in very clos
  8. WOW! This guy is incredible! Photo courtesy of SkyNews A 99-year-old war veteran who has raised more than £13m for the NHS by walking around his garden has now completed his challenge. Captain Tom Moore, who turns 100 at the end of the month, smashed his original target to raise £1,000 for the NHS fighting COVID-19, by walking 100 lengths of his Bedfordshire garden. Completing the challenge - with a guard of honour from the 1st Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment - he said he felt "fine" and that he was glad to be "surrounded by the right sort of people". Captain Tom
  9. Sometimes we see an image that speaks volumes, this powerful image says it all, so we just felt compelled to share it. Artist MJ Hiblen Art THANK YOU to our NHS, such courageous dedicated people confronting this horrible virus head on! #HerefordVoice #NHS #Herefordshire #Hereford
  10. The NHS is opening seven new hospitals across the country to fight Coronavirus. London 4000 beds Birmingham 2000 beds Manchester 1000 beds Bristol 850 beds Harrogate 500 beds Sunderland 350 beds Exeter 200 beds These sites will provide hundreds of extra beds to help make sure the NHS capacity remains higher than required during the peak of the #Coronavirus.
  11. Club launches food parcels scheme Hereford City Rotary Club has launched a new food parcels scheme to assist families disadvantaged by the Coronavirus pandemic. The City has received an overwhelmingly positive response to its latest initiative in supporting the community against the Coronavirus. The club had already set up a Facebook information portal and a fund to assist charities and community groups. And now, after being approached by Cllr Jim Kenyon about helping vulnerable people in the pandemic, the Rotarians have launched an emergency food parcel scheme.
  12. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has used a national TV address to set out strict new measures aimed at protecting people from the coronavirus outbreak. This is his statement in full: We have also attached the PM's full speech in a PDF format. Prime Minister Boris Johnson Statement.pdf
  13. Herefordshire Council, like other local authorities across the country, is preparing for an increase in the number of deaths as a result of COVID-19. A temporary mortuary has been created and the facility will act as a secure, dignified holding point before a respectful cremation or burial can take place. The site at Three Elms is owned by Herefordshire Council and will provide extra capacity to the Wye Valley NHS Trust at Hereford County hospital. The site will not be open to the public and we are working with funeral directors to ensure a safe and respectful process during this di
  14. A farmer in Devon has created a huge a tribute to the NHS into a field in support of the healthcare workers on the frontline against COVID-19. Matthew Alford had the idea at the end of last week after seeing other farmers in the country showing their thanks and decided that Devon needed something to show how grateful we are. Matthew, from South Molton, said: "I saw a farmer that did something in the midlands and thought Devon should do their bit for what's going on and had a bit of inspiration." How nice is this!
  15. Coronavirus: James Dyson Confirms His Company Will Make An Initial Order Of 10,000 Ventilators In The U.K. CoVent: Dyson's ventilator The race to deliver much-needed ventilators to hospitals fighting coronavirus received welcome news today from British entrepreneur Sir James Dyson. A spokesman for Dyson confirmed to Forbes that an initial order of 10,000 units from the U.K. government has been placed, and work will begin immediately at the historic airforce base RAF Hullavington. Dyson confirmed in a letter, “Since I received a call from Boris Johnson, we have refocused resourc
  16. The government to provide immediate free car parking for NHS & social care staff for the duration of the Coronavirus crisis.
  17. We have received an upsetting message from Home Bargains shop worker Laura Tibbs explaining how people are abusing her and her colleagues following the implementation of social distancing procedures as outlined by the government. Come on guys' we desperately need these key workers! Please be patient and say 'Thank You' to these lovely people when you are out shopping. Thank you Laura and to your colleagues, as difficult as this is for you all the majority of the country are behind 100%.❤️ #HerefordVoice #BeKind
  18. Coronavirus: Boris Johnson tests positive for COVID-19. The prime minster tweeted a video message confirming he had COVID-19, adding: "Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. "I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government's response via video-conference as we fight this virus. "Together we will beat this. #StayHomeSaveLives." #HerefordVoice
  19. Rishi Sunak announces that the government will pay self-employed people a grant of 80% of their average wage based upon average earnings over the past 3 years, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month. This is available for the next 3 months and will be reviewed and possibly extended if required.
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