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.
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.
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.
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:
(between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday only)
Covid-19 coronavirus information
For the latest health advice visit the:
For the latest Public Health England updates and government guidance about coronavirus go to:
UK Government free WhatsApp information service
Receive the latest official advice and information via WhatsApp.
These links take you to support and advice on looking after your health and wellbeing while staying at home:
Updates on local services
Visit your local authority website for guidance and updates about changes to local services:
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: