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  1. Joint statement from Public Health Midlands (West) and Herefordshire Council Herefordshire Council is working with Public Health England (PHE) Midlands to support vegetable producers AS Green and Co, based in Mathon near Malvern, following an outbreak of COVID-19 among their workforce. Around 200 key workers are employed to carry out picking and packing work vital to the UK food supply chain and local economy. During the harvesting season, the workforce resides in mobile homes based on the farm, so as a precaution, the whole group are being treated as one extended bubble. Workers are being asked to remain on the farm during the period of isolation and stay within household groups, to reduce risk of spread within the workforce and into the wider community. Herefordshire Council is arranging food and essential supplies for residents on the site, while they self-isolate. Katie Spence, PHE Midlands Health Protection Director, said: A spokesperson for AS Green said: Karen Wright, Director of Public Health for Herefordshire, said:
  2. The club confirmed the news in a statement explaining that both are asymptomatic but, as part of the procedures introduced by Premiership Rugby as part of Stage Two of the Return to Training Protocols, they will be re-tested. Both are currently self-isolating at home. Stage Two of the Return to Training Protocols require clubs to provide a written declaration to Premiership Rugby that they have met a number of key criteria alongside a full risk assessment informing the operational policy for their training facility. These include: All players and support staff must undertake an Education Module and sign a formal “opt in” process for moving to Stage 2. All players and designated support staff undergoing weekly COVID-19 testing, and maintaining the high standards of hygiene introduced at training facilities. All clubs in conjunction with Premiership Rugby and the Rugby Football Union undertaking a rugby risk assessment to support the mitigation of risk in training. The continuation of a daily medical screening for players and support staff, which involves the completion of a symptom checklist and temperature check before entering the training facility. A contact tracing protocol which will be supported by GPS data and the videoing of training sessions. The provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) appropriate for the setting.
  3. We do not publish national news articles very often and would prefer to keep our network for Herefordshire however, because of all the hard work already done in trying to contain the virus and the dedication from the NHS and other key workers, we felt compelled to post this article because if people continue to ignore the guidelines we may end up with a second wave. We have all seen the pictures of thousands of people flocking to the beaches this week across the UK during this period of hot weather. Bournemouth beach was a classic example and a major incident was declared yesterday after thousands ignored health advice, with widespread anti-social behaviour, gridlocked roads and huge crowds on the hottest day of the year. Bournemouth East MP Tobias Elwood said 500,000 visitors were in Dorset yesterday – almost as many people as living in the county. Maybe Bournemouth council should take some responsibility here for not putting social distancing measures in place...But people should equally be responsible for their own actions. This was Bournemouth Beach yesterday Photo courtesy of The Telegraph - Bournemouth Beach We should look at other countries to see how they are creating safer beach environments for the public. This is a brilliant example of how they should apply social distancing at Jesolo Beach in Italy Photo courtesy os Skyline Webcams - Jesolo Beach Italy View the LIVE Jesolo Beach webcam here It can't be that difficult surely.. your thoughts?
  4. Over 1.8 Million People (85%) have recovered and been discharged from hospital from Coronavirus worldwide. Most people who catch coronavirus will only get mild symptoms and make a full recovery. We are in no way trying to dilute the severity of this virus or the impact of loss and bereavement this disease is having for so many people but just wanted to 'highlight' how many people are recovering each day, rather than publish the daily doom and gloom numbers of deaths being constantly reported. World statistics of the Covid-19 - Coronavirus pandemic recovery rates last updated: May 17, 2020, 0:50 GMT. Source: Worldometer Graphic designed by Freepik #HerefordVoice #Coronavirus
  5. Congratulations to Kate Bingham, wife of our own Jesse Norman, MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire. Kate Bingham has today (16 May) been appointed chair of the UK’s Vaccine Taskforce – the group set up by the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Business Secretary and Health Secretary to lead UK efforts to find and manufacture a COVID-19 vaccine. This is a cross-government role and Kate Bingham will report directly to the Prime Minister. Kate Bingham is a leading figure in the life sciences sector and her appointment will enable the Vaccine Taskforce to accelerate the development of a safe and effective vaccine, one of the long-term solutions to controlling the coronavirus pandemic and saving lives without social distancing or contact tracing in place. Kate will co-ordinate the work already underway across Government, academia and industry to rapidly develop vaccines, and ensure that as and when a viable one becomes available, it can be produced in mass quantities and safely administered to the public – both in the UK and around the world. The Taskforce is ensuring the work being done to find a vaccine in the UK complements and supports global efforts. The UK is a leader in the global response, committing £250 million to the international drive to develop a coronavirus vaccine through the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and hosting the upcoming global pledging conference for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, on June 4th. Kate is uniquely qualified for the role, having worked in the biotech sector in the UK and internationally for 26 years – most recently as Managing Partner at SV Health Investor. Her work has led to the launch of six drugs for the treatment of patients with inflammatory and autoimmune disease and cancer. Business Secretary Alok Sharma, who has been tasked with ministerial responsibility for the government’s work on vaccines said: Chair of the Vaccine Taskforce Kate Bingham said: Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: Government Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said: About Kate Bingham Kate is temporarily stepping back from her full time role as Managing Partner at SV Health Investors, a leading international life sciences venture capital firm to take on this role as Chair of the Taskforce. At SV she is responsible for biotech investments and activities in the UK and serves or has served on the boards of companies in the UK, US, Ireland, Sweden and Germany. Her investments include small-molecule drug discovery and development projects, biotherapeutic development projects, and drug discovery platforms in a broad range of clinical areas. Kate played a leading role in setting up the UK’s Dementia Discovery Fund (DDF) and serves on the DDF Investment Committee. The DDF was created by six leading pharmaceutical companies (Biogen, GSK, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Takeda), together with the UK Department of Health and Alzheimer’s Research UK. Launched with initial commitments of £70m it now has £250m to invest in new potential disease modifying therapeutics for dementia. Prior to joining SV, Kate worked in business development for Vertex Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company in Cambridge, MA and at Monitor Company, a strategy consulting firm. She has an MA in Biochemistry from Oxford University (First class) and studied on a Kennedy Scholarship at Harvard Business School (MBA Baker Scholar). Jesse Norman In 1992 Hereford and South Herefordshire MP Jesse Norman married The Honourable Kate Bingham, daughter of The Lord Bingham of Cornhill, the former Lord Chief Justice. They have two sons and one daughter.
  6. Amazing work created by the Pupils at the Aconbury Centre on Ross Road (Part of Herefordshire Pupil Referral Service) showing their appreciation for all Key-Workers with this brilliant mural.
  7. Herefordshire Council invests in additional care facility to assist former NHS patients with their recovery A Herefordshire hotel has reopened to support Herefordshire Council provide additional care and rehabilitation capacity for former NHS patients and members of the community, as part of the county’s response to the Covid-19 emergency. The council has leased the Three Counties Hotel at Belmont Road, Hereford, as a temporary accommodation to support the NHS and social care sector. Agincare UK Ltd are providing the care and support service on the site, which can offer accommodation for up to 46 people during the Covid-19 outbreak. The service will provide short term care and a rehabilitation service to help people to live independently when they return to their place of residence. Protective measures have been put in place, including the use of PPE, to ensure the safety of the residents and the staff. Councillor Pauline Crockett, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Wellbeing said: Luke Holmes, Agincare Operations Director, added: Michelle Standell, Manager of The Three Counties Hotel, said:
  8. Thank you to all Key-Workers and the NHS in the fight against the Coronavirus, we thought this illustration was just perfect for today. May the 4th be with you! Illustration courtesy of mjhiblenart
  9. Have you stopped smoking since the Coronavirus pandemic? We are all aware that this dreadful virus killing thousands of people around the world attacks the human respiratory system and if you’re a smoker and worried about COVID-19 then now would be a good time to think about quitting for good. Research into previous coronaviruses show that smoking makes the impact of the virus worse. Smokers are more likely to develop severe disease from the COVID-19 virus, than non-smokers. Britain's chief medical advisor, Professor Chris Whitty, urged smokers to ditch the habit immediately to lower their risk of Covid-19. He told MPs on the Health and Social Care Committee: Chancellor Rishi Sunak also increased the tobacco tax in the recent Budget, with the cost of cigarettes to go up to £12.73 a pack. With this in mind, here are just a few websites to help advise you on how to quit smoking for good. Wish (Herefordshire Council) NHS Quit Smoking - NHS Smokefree Follow the hashtag #QuidforCovid campaign on Social Media for more advise and support
  10. Do you think this will be the end of cash? During this Coronavirus pandemic many businesses as part of their social distancing procedures no longer accept cash and will only take card and contactless payment methods. Nowadays, there are new digital ways to pay and there is a greater choice than ever. Then there are services allowing contactless payments to be made using a PC or smartphone (like Paypal and Apple Pay). Other services link your mobile phone number to your bank account so you can pay someone by sending a text. You can even pay using your watch or smart phone. Most of these innovations are about making it easier to pay for things. We believe that cash will always be used but maybe less and less... What do you think?
  11. Happy 100th Birthday Colonel Tom Moore. The veteran's big day will also be marked with a flypast by a Spitfire and a Hurricane over his Bedfordshire home. He has also received thousands of cards including that special one from Her Majesty The Queen. The war hero has been appointed as the first Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College Harrogate for his birthday. This incredible man has raised over £30m by walking laps of his garden and has also broken two Guinness World Records along the way. He is the oldest person ever to have a No.1 single in the UK charts and the veteran has raised the most money ever as an individual with his charity walk, which has captured the nations hearts. Well done Sir!
  12. It's good to see that the UK government have started human clinical trials to find a vaccine for Coronavirus.
  13. 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 from your nose and throat. The test will tell whether you currently have coronavirus. After the test, while you wait for your results, you (and anyone you live with) must continue to self-isolate. Read NHS advice about how long to self-isolate. If your test result turns out to be negative, you can safely return to work, as long as: you are well enough you have not had a high temperature for 48 hours anyone you live with also tests negative If you test positive, or someone you live with tests positive, you cannot return to work. You will need to continue to self-isolate. If your condition gets worse, or you do not get better after 7 days, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. For a medical emergency dial 999. Herefordshire emergency response lead, Superintendent Sue Thomas said: An Army spokesperson said:
  14. '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
  15. '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 delivered by hospital staff to patients on the wards at Hereford County Hospital, Leominster, Bromyard and Ross Community Hospital. Catherine Davies, associate director of nursing at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: The relative of a Trust patient said: What you need to do to send a message to your loved one: Choose one family member or friend to send the letter Include the patients full name, date of birth and ward/department where they are an inpatient Email the letter and the above details to Thinkingofyou@wvt.nhs.uk
  16. 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 made up from volunteers based around the county so they can reach people no matter where they are located, or how isolated their location. This is a worrying and challenging time for many, so in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 they are working with community organisations and local businesses to help connect people to support in their local area. They will continue to provide reassurance and support over the coming weeks, helping you to live well in your own home for as long as is needed. If you are worried about how you might cope in the coming weeks, have gaps in your support plan or need extra assistance, then the Talk Community’ COVID-19 response team can help you. You can complete our request for support form / Request for help from community volunteers HERE Call them on 01432 260027 or email talkcommunitycovidresponse@herefordshire.gov.uk Local support and assistance If you would like to volunteer to help support elderly, frail, disabled, and vulnerable people and families in Herefordshire, please complete our volunteering form HERE Health advice Follow NHS advice if you have coronavirus symptoms as described on their website HERE There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus. It's therefore important to follow the latest NHS advice and stay at home guidance for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus infection on the gov.uk website. This will help stop the spread of coronavirus and help protect others in your community while you are infectious.
  17. 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
  18. 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 purchase a badge and wear it with pride both to celebrate Captain Tom's 100th birthday and as a symbol of your support for both Tom's brilliant fundraising effort for the wonderful NHS.| 50% from all profit will go directly to Captain Tom's fund. You can purchase your badges here HERE or you can donate direct HERE #HerefordVoice #CaptainTomMoore #TomorrowWillBeAGoodDay
  19. 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 close proximity to public rights of way, which can be through gardens, schools and farmland. Make sure you consider everyone’s need for social distancing, treat each other with respect and remember that some people may be in self-isolation because of illness or other vulnerabilities. The risk of the Coronavirus being passed on to others from people using public rights of way and other paths and trails is considered to be very low as long as everyone follows the government’s social distancing rules. Advice to landowners Landowners do not have the legal right to block or obstruct public rights of way. However, in very limited circumstances where large numbers of people are using such routes, landowners may consider the following temporary measures: Tying gates open if it is safe to do so, so that walkers do not need to touch the gate Temporarily displaying polite notices that encourage users to respect local residents and workers by following social distancing guidelines and consider using alternative routes that do not pass through gardens, farmyards or schools Offering an alternative route around gardens and farmyards only where it is safe to do so (you must gain permission from relevant landowners and make sure the route is safe for users and livestock) provided that the original right of way is maintained All temporary measures must be lifted as soon as social distancing guidelines are relaxed Advice to the public If you do choose to take your daily exercise outside, make sure you follow the government’s social distancing when accessing countryside or public open spaces local to you. Stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily You can leave the house for one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household only Even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres (3 steps apart) apart from anyone outside of your household Follow the Countryside Code If walking your dog in areas used by other people, you should walk your dog on a lead to ensure you can safely keep 2 metres away from others. Take home your used tissues and litter Ensure you wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you return home. Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  20. 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 Moore has so far raised £12.3m for the NHS Soldiers from 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, surprised the Captain as he completed his challenge. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Defence News source: SkyNews If you would like to support Captain Tom Moore's fundraising you can make a donation HERE
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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. said club president Katie Farmer. Schools contact vulnerable families and explain that the City of is offering food parcels. If they wish to accept the offer, they reply to the school and a parcel is delivered to their home. The content of the parcels has been agreed with the Public Health Team and is being sourced from a variety of wholesalers and local businesses. said Katie Farmer. The club is working with three local businesses. The School Uniform Shop is co-ordinating the sourcing of the food with Cllr Kenyon; Shack Events, who are providing a warehouse for storage and packing, and Pedicargo are then helping Rotarians deliver the food parcels. The first 96 parcels were delivered last week with 59 going to families from The Church of England Hereford Academy School while 37 were delivered by Vennture to the families that they support. The system put in place worked well and there is now the capacity to deliver 200 parcels a week. said Academy headteacher Mike Stoppard. One of the parents said: “Thank you so very much for my boxes; I’ve got tears in my eyes and a massive smile.” said Katie Farmer. For details about the scheme, contact Bobby Morris, City of ’s chairman of Community and Vocational Service on robertamorris01@gmail.com. To make a donation, contact club treasurer John Tallis on john.tallis@btopenworld.com
  24. 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
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