Friday 13th November 2020
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Covid business support grants available now
New Covid-19 testing site to open in Dinnington
Welcome infection rate fall – but still a long way to go
Rotherham’s weekly Covid-19 infection rate has fallen substantially for the first time in many weeks – a sign that the current national lockdown and previous local restrictions are starting to have an impact on transmission of the virus.
The 7-day Covid-19 infection rate for this week is 430.7 cases per 100,000 people (covering the week up to 7th November), which is down from 527.1 per 100,000 for the previous seven days.
In total, 1,063 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Rotherham, down from 1,361 cases during the previous week.
Only by all of us taking care to follow advice, will the rate continue to fall.
We can all play our part to reduce the risk of Covid infections spreading in Rotherham and protecting the NHS by carefully sticking to the guidelines, including:
Reduce the risk – wear a face covering
Wearing a face covering is a way we can all protect each other from spreading the Covid-19 virus when we are in public indoor places like shops and all locations where social distancing is more difficult.
Jacqui Pollinton, who works in the treatment of peoplewith respiratory illness for Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust explains why wearing a mask is important in this short Facebook video.
Please watch and share.
Covid-19 – when to keep the kids off school
With so many rules around when parents should and shouldn’t keep children off school during the pandemic it can sometimes be confusing.
Rotherham Council has produced a new easy-to-follow guide to school absence for you to download.
This guide covers common scenarios that you and your child might encounter in schools, youth groups, madrasas and other educational settings, such as what everyone in the household needs to do if your child tests positive and advice if returning from foreign travel.
Strict limit of 30 mourners allowed at funerals
Losing a loved one is difficult and we know it is even harder if you are prevented from paying your respects, but to reduce the risk of Covid-19 spreading further and potentially putting others at risk, it is vital that everyone respects the rules around attendance at funerals.
All funeral services can be attended by a maximum of 30 mourners.
During these difficult times, families are being asked to work closely with funeral directors to use all of the times being offered for services, allowing families to continue to be able to grieve for their loved ones in the way that they wish.
We know how difficult it can be to not attend a loved one’s service. This may be because a person is shielding, displaying symptoms of COVID-19, or the maximum 30 persons has been reached.
To enable as many people as possible to be part of the service, a live recording (webcast) of the service is being offered for crematorium services, which you can request through your funeral director.
If you wish to live stream a burial service at a churchyard or cemetery, please speak with the venue where the burial is taking place for more information.
Safety measures at funerals
All mourners are asked to wear a face covering and adhere to two metre social distancing throughout by those not in the same household or support bubble.
Guide to national lockdown restrictions
New Covid-19 national lockdown restrictionscame into force on 5th November across the whole of England.
Rotherham Council has an easy-to-follow pictoral guide to the restrictions available to download now.
New plan to improve services for children in Rotherham with special educational needs