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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Self-isolate and get a test if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

    Booking a COVID-19 test:

Hywel Dda University Health Board recommends testing only for those with a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or loss of or change in the sense of taste or smell.

If a COVID-19 test is required, this should be arranged via the UK Booking Portal, https://gov.wales/apply-coronavirus-test or by ringing 119. Testing is available within Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire or via a home testing kit delivered to and collected from your home. The COVID-19 test is undertaken via a throat swab or combined throat and nose swab.

Pembrokeshire County Council Leader’s update: “Let’s pull together to fight Covid-19”

Hello everyone, welcome to my first Leader’s Update after the summer.

I hope you have all had a lovely few weeks and managed to enjoy some time off.

It has been an extremely busy summer in Pembrokeshire and I’d like to thank everyone who has gone the extra mile to ensure our residents and many visitors were able to enjoy everything the County has to offer.

In these updates I have spoken often of Team Pembrokeshire and how our County can pull together for each other.

It is now time for us to pull together once again, for all of our benefit.

As the First Minister set out in the three-week review earlier today, Covid-19 cases are rising across Wales and Pembrokeshire is no exception.

Wales will stay in Alert Level 0 for the next three weeks but the First Minister could not have been more clear that we are once again facing a difficult public health situation.

When Wales entered Alert Level 0 there were around 130 positive cases per 100,000 people. This is now up to around 500 cases per 100,000 just six weeks later.

Locally, there were 1002 positive cases in Pembrokeshire in the two weeks to September 9th.

I cannot underline Mr Drakeford’s words enough that this pandemic has not ended. Covid-19 has not gone away and we must all continue to work together and redouble our efforts, particularly as we head into autumn and winter.

While we are thankfully not currently seeing the level of hospital admissions as in the previous waves, the level of Covid-19 cases is once again having an impact.

Hywel Dda University Health Board has recently had to implement measures to prioritise patient safety, including the suspension of elective orthopaedic surgery at Withybush Hospital.

I make no apology for once again repeating all those measures to tackle Covid-19 that we have heard so often.

Please continue to socially distance where possible, wear face coverings where required, continue regular handwashing and choose outdoor activities or meet people outdoors over indoors.

Please continue to work from home whenever possible.

If you have Covid-19 symptoms, get tested. Don’t risk spreading this virus.

These actions really do make a difference.

As Mr Drakeford emphasised it remains the case that the best way to protect yourself and others is to get vaccinated.

The vaccination programme continues at pace and is being expanded to include 12-15 year-olds. A Covid-19 booster programme for those over 50 is also being rolled out.

Both programmes will begin in the coming weeks and once again I urge those eligible to take up the offer.

It is never too late to get vaccinated. Find details here: https://hduhb.nhs.wales/healthcare/covid-19-information/covid-19-vaccination-programme/

The First Minister also announced today that the Welsh Government intends to require the use of the NHS Covid Pass for adults to gain access to nightclubs and attend events of a certain size from next month.

The requirement to show the pass will come into force from 11th October.

It will mean all over-18s will need to have a NHS Covid Pass to enter:

  • Nightclubs
  • Indoor, non-seated events for more than 500 people, such as concerts or conventions
  • Outdoor non-seated events for more than 4,000 people
  • Any setting or event with more than 10,000 people in attendance

People who are fully vaccinated in Wales can already download the NHS Covid Pass to securely show and share their vaccine status.

It also allows people to show they have had a negative lateral flow test result within the last 72 hours.

More information on the NHS Covid Pass is available at:

https://gov.wales/nhs-covid-pass-prove-your-vaccination-status

For the latest Covid-19 updates from the Welsh Government see: https://gov.wales/coronavirus

Council officers are now reviewing the First Minister’s announcements and we will update further as required.

The end of the summer holidays has also meant a return to school for our learners.

Our education team has put together some handy guidance for parents on what to do if their child has symptoms of Covid-19.

I will outline the advice below but would encourage all parents and guardians to read the full press release at: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/covid-19-guidance-issued-for-parents

Any learner with Covid-19 symptoms should take a PCR test and remain in self-isolation until the test result is known.

Those who are under 18 or fully vaccinated are no longer required to self-isolate if they are identified as close contacts and are showing no symptoms.

If your child tests positive for Covid-19 using a PCR test, NHS Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) will contact you.

TTP will then get in touch with close contacts to provide instructions or advice. Close contacts will also be offered two PCR tests (at days 2 and 8) and provided with information and advice.

If your child is identified as a close contact, they can still attend school unless they develop symptoms or are advised otherwise by TTP. Please continue to let us know if your child tests positive.

Everyone in our education team and throughout the Authority recognises how difficult the past 18 months have been and the sacrifices that all families have had to make.

Thank you for everything you have done to support your child / children and our schools. Thank you for playing your part.

Finally, I’d like to formally welcome our new CEO Will Bramble to Pembrokeshire.

Will started at County Hall on Monday and I and my fellow Cabinet members and all county councillors are looking forward to working closely with him for the benefit of the people of Pembrokeshire.

Amroth Parish Hall has recently re-opened for smaller groups.  (which have to comply with Covid-19 regulations)  please see our “what’s on” page.

Due to lack of parking in the village, we realise that hall parking spaces have been used by locals during the past year,  but we would appreciate if people could please try and avoid the spaces when there are classes on at the hall.   Many thanks for your co-operation.   We have asked the council in the past to try and help; any suggestions, please let us know on our “contact” page. 

PLEASE STAY SAFE, EVERYONE.

Rosemary Tippett-Mawdsley is walking 1000 miles in a year for the Wales Air Ambulance Charitable Trust (20 January 2021 to 19 January 2022) because of the very valuable service it provides locally. £275 has been raised so far raised of the £1,000 target by 13 supporters.

 You can donate here: Rosemary Tippett Maudsley is fundraising for Wales Air Ambulance Charitable Trust (justgiving.com)

Rosemary’s story: “When the Leader of the Llanteg Walkers’Group wrote in to the local Community Council in January raising awareness of the 1000 mile challenge. I thought that was something I could take part in as I had already started doing a lot of walking during lockdown. However I also realised that 1000 miles is a long way and without an incentive I might fall by the wayside. Hence the reason to do it for charity. I decided upon the Wales Air Ambulance. The Charity is funded by the people of Wales and requires £8 million a year to keep its four helicopters in the sky, serving Wales and saving lives. The charity can be anywhere in Wales within 20 minutes, its doctors and medics fly the A&E department to the patient. It also runs the Children’s Wales Air Ambulance service, transferring vulnerable babies and children to the specialist hospitals across the UK. Your donations will help keep this vital service in Wales.I started my walk on the 20January and I have been out every day since, in rain, hail, wind, snow and sun! I have seen some brilliant views, wonderful sunsets and spoken …..socially distanced of course to lots of people. If you see me on my travels please say hello. I have passed the halfway mark in my travels and now I need your support to spur me on to complete the 1000 miles and support the Wales Air Ambulance. Thank you”

Grow Fresh 2021…..SUMMERHILL BUS SHELTER

Welcome back to Grow Fresh and hopefully another good year for flowers and home grown fruit and vegetables.

Share seeds, plants and any excess produce throughout the growing season, including home made chutneys and jams.

Clearly label anything you may leave on the shelves.

Check frequently to see what might be available.

It’s all free! No money involved.

Tell your friends and neighbours and encourage our children to take part.

We have permission to do this on the proviso that it is only garden seeds, plants and produce that is left in the shelter.

The Community Hub can be contacted on 01437 776301 or by emailing communitycovid19@pembrokeshire.gov.uk.

At present the Community Hub’s hours are Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm, and 10am-2pm on Saturday.    

KILGETTY SURGERY IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE; PLEASE CONTACT SAUNDERSFOOT MEDICAL CENTRE ON 01834 815115.

FOR REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS, TELEPHONE 01834 814334 AND ALLOW 72 HOURS IF POSSIBLE.