Torbay Covid 19 update 5th March 2021
An update from Torbay’s director of public health, Dr Lincoln Sargeant Lincoln Sargeant
Our cases are falling steadily in the Bay which is great news and we need to keep them coming down, but the virus is still spreading between families living in different households.
Next week is the start of an exciting journey for many of us with the first step of the government’s ‘roadmap out of lockdown’.
From 8 March;
- Schools and colleges start to open with regular testing for staff and pupils
- Wrap around provision able to operate for all children as normal. Parents and carers will need to check with individual schools and providers for specific offers
- Care home visits allowed with one nominated and tested visitor
- Outdoor recreation as well as exercise is allowed as a household and with one person outside the household/bubble.
Please remember that despite the easing of some restrictions;
* We are still in lockdown * We need everyone to keep to their own households/bubble when indoors * Keep making space * Keep your contacts to a minimum
In his video this week, our director of public health, Dr Lincoln Sargeant reflects on the year since our first case of COVID-19 in the Bay, the difficulty for all those grieving the 148 lives lost to COVID-19 in Torbay, and he looks to the future as we ease out of lockdown. Watch the video.
Dr Lincoln Sargeant
Keeping people safe and well Vaccine latest
Anyone who has received a letter from the National Booking System inviting them to book an appointment should use the website or 119 to book an appointment. The NHS is urging people who have received a letter not to contact their GP practice about a vaccination.
The programme of second doses in care homes is being rolled out during March.