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  1. Sites set up across the county to give workers better access to COVID-19 rapid testing Essential workers across Herefordshire, who cannot work from home, are being urged to join an initiative to help drive down the number of COVID-19 cases by doing twice-weekly rapid tests (known as Lateral Flow Tests). Four council test centres for people without COVID-19 symptoms are now open for bookings in Herefordshire. They are in Hereford, Ross-on-Wye, Ledbury and Leominster, and critical businesses and essential workers who need to attend a workplace, are invited to use the testing faci
  2. COVID-19 testing units remain in Hereford and Leominster One of Herefordshire’s COVID-19 mobile testing units has today (Friday 5 February from 3.30pm) been redeployed to the help the government’s “surge testing” campaign in targeted areas to better understand the spread, and supress, the South African variant. The least-used mobile testing units, which includes the one at Ross-on-Wye, across the country are being reassigned by NHS Test and Trace to work in those areas where cases of the South African variant, which do not appear to have travel links, have been found. The area
  3. The college wrote today: This is brilliant news and we at Hereford Voice would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to all the staff and people involved in this monumentous task. Photographs courtesy of Hereford Sixth Form College #herefordvoice #herefordnews #positivehereford
  4. A respiratory consultant at Hereford County Hospital has spoken of her personal battle against COVID-19 and how she’s happy to be “first in the queue” to get vaccinated. Ingrid Du Rand, who has been on the frontline of treating COVID-19 patients this year, began her own very personal battle with the virus during November when she started to feel unwell. A fit forty-something and keen runner, Ingrid’s first inclination that something wasn’t quite right was when she slowed up on one of her regular runs. “I felt more tired than usual. This was unusual for me. A couple of days later
  5. Tier 3 for Herefordshire from midnight. Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced the changes to MPs in the house of Commons this afternoon. Full details and a breakdown of what Tier 3 means can be found here
  6. The preliminary findings, which are yet to be peer reviewed, come ahead of a clinical trial investigating whether over-the-counter mouthwash can reduce the levels of coronavirus in a patient's saliva. The Cardiff University report said that mouthwashes containing at least 0.07 per cent cetypyridinium chloride (CPC) showed “promising signs” of being able to combat the virus. “Although this in-vitro study is very encouraging and is a positive step, more clinical research is now clearly needed,” Dr Thomas told the PA news agency, as quoted by the Independent newspaper. “We ne
  7. In a message on their Facebook page BERNIE JONES TYRES wrote: 👇 #herefordvoice #herefordnews #hereford
  8. Herefordshire Council warning of 'High Alert' with Increase in Covid-19 cases in Redhill, Hunderton, Newton Farm, Lower Bullingham & Belmont in Hereford. If you have symptoms, you must self-isolate & book a test. Financial support is available 👉 http://orlo.uk/m2QoI #HerefordVoice #HerefordNews #Hereford
  9. Better access to covid testing in north Herefordshire A mobile Covid-19 testing centre for north Herefordshire is now operating on the Broad Street Car Park in Leominster. This is the second mobile testing centre to be set up in county within the past three weeks – taking the total number of sites countywide to three. The other two sites are in Hereford and Ross-on-Wye. This latest unit makes it more convenient for residents from north Herefordshire to get a covid test close to home. The unit opened today (Nov 13) and will offer tests from 10.30am until 3.30pm each day and
  10. Herefordshire Council are to send a letter to every houshold in Herefordshire warning that a move to tier two restrictions is imminent after the latest figures show that the infection level over the past seven days has risen to 84.5 infections per 100,000. Image courtesy of SkyNews When levels pass 100 infections tier two restrictions will be bought in and are as follows .. All businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a Covid-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law, such as nightclubs and adult entertainment venues Certain businesses selling food
  11. Mobile test site opens following rise in local cases A new mobile Covid-19 testing centre for Herefordshire is now at the Larruperz Centre, Grammar School Close in Ross-on-Wye. Following an increase in local cases, the centre opens today (Wednesday October 28) and will mean residents in the south of the county needing a test don’t have to travel to Hereford or outside the county to get it. Herefordshire Council’s Director of Public Health Karen Wright said: Anyone experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 – a high temperature, persistent cough, loss or change in sense of t
  12. Lugg Ward at Hereford County Hospital has been closed to admissions and visitors after a number of patients tested positive for coronavirus. A spokesperson for Wye Valley Trust confirmed the news and said;
  13. Check COVID alert level in your area or somewhere you are visiting with the postcode checker: 👉 HERE
  14. £500 payment to self-isolate aims to help stop the transmission of Covid-19 The government has announced financial support for workers asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. A £500 payment may be paid if you test positive for Coronavirus and have to self-isolate, or if you have had close contact with someone who has tested positive and have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. You must be employed or self-employed, unable to work from home and you will lose your income. You must also receive any of the following benefits: Universal Credit Workin
  15. Businesses across the Marches are being invited to have their say on how the region should plan its economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic at a major virtual summit later this month. The Marches Economic Recovery Summit – being staged by the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership – will bring together key local and regional partners to discuss the priorities for the region’s economy in the wake of the virus. And the business community is also being urged to have its say by signing up for the October 15 event. The summit – from 2.00pm to 3.30pm – is being held during the
  16. We have received unconfirmed reports today that Herefordshire’s Wye Valley Trust have admitted a patient who is positive with Coronavirus. This is the first hospital admission in months. #HerefordNews #HerefordVoice
  17. Students from Whitecross school have been sent home to self-isolate after positive case of Covid-19 confirmed. As a result, 24 students have been told to self-isolate for 14days. Karen Wright, director of public health for Herefordshire, said: “I can confirm that a Year 7 pupil at Whitecross High School, Hereford has tested positive for Covid-19. "We would like to reassure parents and carers that we are working closely with the school and swift action has been taken to identify close contacts. “There are 24 pupils identified as close contacts and they have been sent hom
  18. If you have have concerns about any business you visit not being COVID secure, you can let us know by emailing us news@herefordvoice.co.uk or leave a comment below. Maybe we can encourage Herefordshire Council to do the same by offering this service of being to report it.
  19. Even though it is now compulsory not everyone can wear one. Be mindful not to challenge anyone as not all disabilities or health conditions are visible. This information relates to the use of face coverings in public spaces where social distancing is not always possible. It is important to follow all the other government advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) including staying safe outside your home. What a face covering is In the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, a face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. You can buy reusable or single-us
  20. No further cases in farm outbreak Herefordshire Council and Public Health England (PHE) Midlands have confirmed that all remaining workers have tested negative for COVID-19 at an outbreak on a farm in Mathon, Herefordshire. The majority of farm workers are now able to return to work and daily life- a few workers remain living in self-isolation as contacts of positive cases.Katie Spence, PHE Midlands Health Protection Director, said: Karen Wright, Public Health Director for Herefordshire Council said: A spokesperson for AS Green and Co said: " To prevent furth
  21. What do you think? Will you be wearing one? LAW: Face coverings must be worn in shops, supermarkets, indoor shopping centres and transport hubs - such as train stations and airports - in England from today. A face covering is defined as a fabric covering, scarf or bandana that covers the 'nose and mouth'. It is also compulsory to wear a face covering when buying food and drink from 'takeaways' cafes and shops. More details in 👉 this article
  22. Wearing a face covering will be mandatory in shops and other public spaces across England from Friday to stop the spread of coronavirus. People will also have to wear a mask, scarf or bandana that covers the nose and mouth in shopping centres and indoor transport hubs, like bus and train stations. When it comes to buying food, the law will depend on where you're eating it. Face coverings will not be mandatory in pubs and restaurants. Announcing the latest guidance, the Department of Health and Social care said: Coffee shops and takeaways People will need
  23. 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. Worker
  24. Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England is to become mandatory from 24 July. Those who fail to comply with the new rules could face a fine of up to £100, the government has announced. The move will bring England into line with Scotland and other major European nations like Spain, Italy and Germany. Enforcement will be carried out by police - not retail staff - and anyone failing to wear a face covering while shopping will be subject to a fine of up to £100, or £50 if paid within 14 days. Can wearing face masks stop the virus? Face masks won't
  25. 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 undert
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