Stay at home:
- Only go outside for food, health reasons (including exercise) or essential work
- Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
- Anyone can spread the virus.
Information and Guidance for the Public:
In Wales we continue to encourage everyone to Stay Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives:
· STAYING AT HOME: Everyone should follow the guidance on Staying at Home and Away from Others. This is available from the Welsh Government website at gov.wales/staying-home-and-away-others-guidance
· SHIELDING: People who are clinically extremely vulnerable are advised to Shield. to serious illness. Information about Shielding is available from the Welsh Government website at gov.wales/shielding-extremely-vulnerable-people
· SELF ISOLATION: Households with coronavirus symptoms should follow the guidance on Self-Isolation. Information about Self-Isolation is available from the Welsh Government website at gov.wales/stay-home-guidance-households-possible-coronavirus and there is a handy symptom checker at 111.wales.nhs.uk/covid19
With guidance changing in England this week, it is important to remember that in Wales our message is still to Stay Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives. Welsh Government has made clear that travelling to Wales to spend time in the countryside or at the coast is not allowed under Welsh law. More information about the Coronavirus Regulations in Wales is available from gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance
Essential NHS services are OPEN in Powys
Coronavirus is affecting the way we deliver your NHS services, but please remember that NHS services are still open particularly for urgent and emergency care.
Yesterday our social media channels focused on reminding people who to access urgent and essential GP, Pharmacy, Dental and Optometry (Eye Care) services.
Links to current service information are available from our website at www.powysthb.wales.nhs.uk/coronavirus
COVID-19 Testing for Key (Critical) Workers in Powys
COVID-19 Testing is available for key (critical) workers in Powys if there are symptoms in your household. Please do encourage key workers in your communities to access this service. Currently this includes health and care workers, education & childcare workers, emergency and national security workers, food and necessary goods, utilities workers, communication and financial services workers, local & national government workers, transport workers, other key public service workers.
400 people have already visited our online eligibility checker at www.powysthb.wales.nhs.uk/coronavirus-testing
The latest information (13 May) from the Office for National Statistics indicates that 65 people from Powys have died with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 (based on registrations of death where COVID-19) mentioned on the death certificate.
The latest information (13 May) from Public Health Wales indicates 226 positive test results for Powys residents based on tests undertaken in Wales. This can only reflects people who have been tested in line with the Welsh Government's testing strategy, and the overall figure will increase as the testing programme expands. The actual figure for Powys will be slightly higher as tests in England (e.g. hospital patients) are not included in the Public Health Wales dashboard.
You can find out more about COVID-19 data from our website at www.powysthb.wales.nhs.uk/stayhomesavelives-covid-data
Current Programmes and Developments
- This week is Byw Nawr Dying Matters Week, which is an opportunity each year to encourage positive conversations about death and dying. Yesterday's theme was Homelessness, and through our social media channels we shared a video from Community Staff Nurse Donna Thomas about her experience of homelessness. Find out more at http://www.powysthb.wales.nhs.uk/news/52520
- Today is Operating Department Practitioners Day. Thank you to ODPs across the Health Board. Find out more at http://www.powysthb.wales.nhs.uk/news/52537
- We have reaffirmed our commitment to Knighton Hospital. Find out more at http://www.powysthb.wales.nhs.uk/news/52536
- We have updated the information on our website about Shielding, including a reminder that as part of their work to continue to review the criteria for shielding the Welsh Government has written to an additional 21,000 people across Wales this month. Find out more at http://www.powysthb.wales.nhs.uk/news/52418
Updates on 13 May from Welsh Government
The latest updates from Welsh Government include:
- Welsh Government has published a new strategy to test the public and trace the spread of coronavirus in Wales: https://gov.wales/new-plan-published-test-trace-and-protect-wales
- Further details are available from the Welsh Government website: https://gov.wales/test-trace-protect
- Welsh Government has updated its guidance about vulnerable children and safeguarding during the coronavirus pandemic: https://gov.wales/vulnerable-children-and-young-people-coronavirus
- Welsh Government has updated its page explaining the differences in the legislative approach between Wales and England: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-and-law-what-has-been-done-differently-wales
- The First Minister made a statement on Coronavirus in Senedd Cymru: https://gov.wales/oral-statement-coronavirus-covid-19-15
- The Minister for Health and Social Services made an oral statement in Senedd Cymru: https://gov.wales/oral-statement-coronavirus-covid-19-16
More information from Welsh Government is available from their website at https://gov.wales/coronavirus