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Community Connectors 16 December 2020
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Kent remains in tier three

Today (16 December 2020), the Government announced the results of its tier review and Sevenoaks District, along with the rest of Kent, remains in tier three.
Although Sevenoaks District now has one of the lowest infection rates in Kent, the numbers in the county as a whole are amongst the highest anywhere in the UK.
One of the deciding factors was not only the increasing number of cases but the pressures on local hospitals and the NHS throughout Kent.
We’re all keen to move out of tier three as soon as possible so authorities across the county will be redoubling their efforts to encourage the public to follow the COVID-19 guidance and do their bit too.
While we’re in tier three, we must…
  • Not mix with other households indoors
  • Only meet people outdoors in open public spaces in groups of up to six
  • Reduce the number of journeys, avoid travel out the area unless needed
  • Work from home if possible

Testing times

Last weekend, the Government announced Kent will be one of the first places in the country to roll out mass community Coronavirus testing.
Over the past few weeks, there has been a worrying rise in COVID cases across the UK. Mass community testing should identify many of the local asymptomatic cases. This should reduce the spread of the virus as it has done in other areas with mass testing, such as Liverpool.
As Community Connectors was being produced, details of the local mass testing arrangements were still being finalised by Government and Kent County Council. However, mass testing in Kent could begin early in the New Year. Once the details are available, we’ll include them in this newsletter.

 

Mental health support during COVID-19

Help is available if you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis or emergency during COVID-19.

Adults
Call the 24 hour helpline on 0800 783 9111 if you need urgent mental health support, advice and guidance.
Call 0800 107 0160 to release the pressure if you’re feeling stressed. You can also text "Kent" to 85258 for 24 hour mental health crisis support via text from trained volunteers.

Under 18s
Call the 24 hour Single Point of Access on 0800 011 3474 (select option one, then option three)
For more information visit www.kmpt.nhs.uk/need-help

Latest local COVID-19 data

The latest data we have received from Public Health England is accurate up to 11 December. It tells us that positive cases have increased across all Kent districts in the past week and it remains likely that Kent will stay in Tier 3 restrictions at the first review date of 16 December.
 
In Sevenoaks District, the 7 day count of positive cases through laboratory testing was 289, up from the previous week’s count of 157 and at a rate of 239.3 per 100,000, up from last week’s rate of 130.0. The average rate for England is 192.1 cases per 100,000 population, up from 148.9 last week. This is the first time that rates in Sevenoaks have risen above those in England, and emphasises the need for continuing the vital messaging and support to our residents, businesses and communities of observing the restrictions and applying the “hands, face space” advice.
 
In total, the data we are receiving tell us there are 358 active cases across our District, up significantly from 231 last week. The Health Protection Board tells us that most of the active cases in Sevenoaks are associated with clusters in residential dwellings and care settings.
 


View the latest national COVID-19 data.

Concerns about Coronavirus compliance?

If you have concerns about people or businesses not following the COVID rules, drop us a line and we’ll see if we or one of our partners can help. Call us on 01732 227000 or email information@sevenoaks.gov.uk.

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