COVID Champions Update – 8th April 2021

Local Updates

From the time period between 31st March to 6th April, there have been 12 positive coronavirus tests recorded in Surrey Heath.

There has also a decrease of 42% in all positive cases of coronavirus in the last 7 days* across all of Surrey (306 confirmed cases from time period 23rd-29th March).

Case rate per 100,000 to 29 Mar: Surrey Heath: 13.4

Please keep Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air even after vaccination. Follow the rules to help us move forward out of lockdown with shops and services opening on 12 April.

  • Surrey County Council coronavirus updates coronavirus updates and resources including translations.
  • As of 1 April, Surrey’s data dashboard is updated weekly each Friday – available as short or full version.
  • National data on testing, cases, healthcare, vaccinations, and deaths is updated daily.
  • In the UK up to 6 April 4,364,529 people have tested positive, with 126,882 deaths within 28 days of a positive test; 31,622,367 people received 1st vaccine dose, 5,496,716 received 2nd vaccine dose.
  • Estimated R number 0.7 – 0.9, daily infection growth rate range of -5% to -2% (26 Mar).

Lockdown Roadmap – Next steps 12th April 2021

All retail shops, personal care, most outdoor attractions and small outdoor events can reopen, e.g. hairdressers, nail salons, zoos, theme parks, drive-in cinemas/ concerts, fetes.

Outdoor hospitality venues can reopen with table service only, e.g. pubs, bars, restaurants.

Indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or excerise with your household or support bubble.

All childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors or outdoors for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors for up to 15 people (children under 5 are not counted).

Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events can take place for up to 15 people (people working at the event are not counted), including at indoor venues permitted to open or where exemptions apply. Wedding receptions are allowed for up to 15 people but must be outdoors (not including private gardens).

Care home residents can nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits following a rapid test.

Self-contained accommodation
can open for overnight stays in England for household/ support bubble.

Travel should continue to be minimised where possible and international travel restrictions still apply.

Remember Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air to keep yourself and others safe as we move to the next steps.

Testing – Every test helps stop the spread!

Rapid lateral flow tests (LFDs) are a vital tool to help identify cases of COVID-19 we otherwise would not find. 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 show no symptoms and potentially spread it without knowing – LFDs help prevent the spread of infection, detect outbreaks and save lives.

LFDs are easy to use, accurate and give results in 30 minutes so people who test positive can self-isolate immediately and avoid passing on the virus to family, friends and colleagues.

From Fri 9 April everyone in England without symptoms will be able to regularly have a free rapid COVID-19 test twice a week.

People aged 16+ can get a free LFD test at a Surrey community testing site or participating pharmacy

You can either:

  • Book Online.
  • Call 020 8865 1952 (Mon – Fri 08.30, Sat – Sun 09:00 – 17:00, local charges will apply).
  • Collect a test kit for home use.

You will receive your result by text/email from NHS Test & Trace, usually within 30 minutes.

Some people may be able to access a test via their place of work or study.

Alternatively, you can order a test online from the national programme to be posted to your home.

For a guide on how to do a rapid LFD at home, a short video is available:

Share video: NHS Guide to COVID-19 Self-Testing

What to do if you have a positive LFD result

  • If you have a positive rapid LFD test result, you and your household/ support bubble must self-isolate for 10 days.
  • If you develop symptoms within these days, your 10-day isolation period starts again.
  • A positive rapid LFD result should be confirmed by PCR at a symptomatic test site within two days – book this at https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

If the PCR test is negative, you and your household/support bubble can stop self-isolating.

  • If the PCR test is positive or you don’t have a PCR test within two days of your positive rapid LFD test, you must self-isolate for the full 10 days.
  • If you are directed to self-isolate and can’t work from home you may be eligible for a Test & Trace Support Payment.
  • Help with tasks like shopping and collecting prescriptions is available through NHS Volunteer Responders – check online or call 0808 196 3646.