Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Essential information

Statement from the Kent Resilience Forum

Residents in Kent and Medway face an unprecedented challenge from Covid-19 (coronavirus) and the impact it is having on our lives, work and families.

 

The Kent Resilience Forum recognises that these are extremely difficult times for everyone and is committed to ensuring that people in Kent are kept informed and as safe as possible from the effects of Coronavirus.

 

Partners have tried and tested plans in place to respond collectively to health pandemics and all agencies are working closely with Public Health England (PHE) and the NHS to support the measures introduced to manage this evolving situation.

 

All the efforts of our partners are focussed on supporting our communities through the challenges that they now face and our priority is to ensure vulnerable people and those most affected by Covid-19 get the help they need.

We urge residents to keep up with updated Covid-19 guidance and advice from government to keep ourselves safe and protect our health and livelihoods. Current government guidance is to practice social distancing, which involves working from home and all avoiding social activities and gatherings.

 

Latest government advice

 

The government will continue to keep the public informed of the impacts of coronavirus on the UK, and the law and guidance that is in place to protect the public.

Keep up to date with the latest government advice online by vising the official website: www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Stay alert

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible

  • work from home if you can

  • limit contact with other people

  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)

  • wash your hands regularly

 

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

Read more about what you can and cannot do​.

 

If you have a new continuous cough or a high temperature you should stay at home for seven days. If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person had symptoms. 

All residents are encouraged to follow national government advice which includes taking basic hygiene precautions, such as washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, to reduce the chances of spreading any virus.

Look after your health and wellbeing

 

To help yourself stay well while you're at home:

  • stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media

  • try to keep yourself busy – you could try activities like cooking, reading, online learning and watching films

  • do light exercise at home, or outside once a day

 

Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough

  • a high temperature

  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

 

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above you should self-isolate at home.

 

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home

  • your condition gets worse

  • your symptoms do not get better after seven days

  • Only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online.

 

See more guidance and stay-at-home advice here

Financial support and advice

The coronavirus outbreak has affected different people in different ways. If you have seen a reduction in your household income and are experiencing financial difficulties there is support available for you:

  • the Kent Support and Assistance Service may be able to help with food or utility vouchers

  • you can get advice about how to manage your money and what support is available from your account providers on the Money Advice Service website

  • Kent County Council's wellbeing advice page has advice about how to feel more prepared and feel less concerned about what is happening

  • many of Kent’s Citizen’s Advice branches are now offering advice on employment or financial matters over the phone and online. Find your local branch on the Citizen’s Advice website.

Covid-19 PPE requests

 

Kent Resilience Forum is coordinating the supply of PPE (personal protective equipment) to:

 

Kent and Medway based doctor's surgeries and care providers only.

 

These organisations can request supplies by calling:

 

03000 41 24 24

 

or

01622 21 24 09

(between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday only)

Covid-19 coronavirus information

For the latest health advice visit the: 

 

NHS 111 online service

For the latest Public Health England updates and government guidance about  coronavirus go to:

 

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

UK Government free WhatsApp information service

Receive the latest official advice and information via WhatsApp.

 

Follow this link to find out how to get started

Wellbeing

advice

These links take you to support and advice on looking after your health and wellbeing while staying at home:

Kent County Council wellbeing and mental health hub

 

NHS Every Mind Matters

NHS Live Well strength and flex exercise plan

Goverenment advice on mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus

Updates on local services

 

Visit your local authority website for guidance and updates about changes to local services:

Kent County Council website or Medway Council website

Find your local borough or district council website here.

Getting help and volunteering

Support for voluntary groups and individuals is being offered by district and borough councils across Kent communities by visiting our community support page

Information about Coronavirus related scams

 

Information and guidance about coronavirus related scams can be found on Kent County Council's Public protection dedicated web page, This is updated regularly as new scams emerge.

 

Keep up to date with the latest advice by following their social media channels:

Public Protection Information for residents:

Public Protection Business advice and guidance:

Updates on public transport

 

Stay up to date with any changes to public transport services.

 

Trains: visit the Southeastern website, check on Facebook @southeasternofficial or Twitter @SE_railway.

 

Buses: for local bus services information visit the Arriva, Stagecoach South East or Nu-Venture websites

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