Friday 15th January 2020
Due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are providing regular email updates to let you know about the latest information we have on local and national measures to contain the virus, any changes to local services and support that’s available.
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Further information is available from www.rotherham.gov.uk/coronavirus
Infection rate stabilises but new variant on rapid rise
117 Covid patients in Rotherham Hospital
Vaccinations – don’t call NHS, they will call you
The COVID-19 vaccine deployment is being led by NHS Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and is currently being rolled out to high priority groups across the borough.
Please do not contact your local GP or the NHS to ask when you can have your vaccine, this will only put more pressure on the system and create delays. You will be contacted when it is your turn.
Further information from Rotherham CCG about the vaccine is available from their website https://yourhealthrotherham.co.uk/covid-vaccine/
Beware Covid-19 vaccine scams
We’ve been made aware that some NHS Vaccine scams are going around. Usually these include a text message inviting you to apply for your vaccine. The link will then take you to an official looking webpage where it will ask you for your details.
Please DO NOT click on the link or enter personal information. Remember, the NHS will never ask you to apply for a vaccination or ask for bank details online.
Support with home schooling
Support is available for parents across Rotherham who are home schooling their children during the lockdown.
Schools are supporting some students by providing a laptop, tablet, or internet access via a portable device. Parents should talk to their school if they need any support with resources.
If parents do not have a laptop or tablet, but their child has access to a games console which is connected to the internet (such as a PS4 or Xbox One), some school resources can be accessed through these. Search for internet explorer in the applications to access Microsoft and other resources. You can also plug a keyboard into your Xbox One and PS4.
The Government is working with the UK’s leading mobile network operators to provide access to educational sites. Schools can request free mobile data uplifts for disadvantaged families via the Department for Education’s website. The level of additional data for families will vary by provider, so check with them first.
If parents have any concerns about home schooling, they should contact their school in the first instance.
Online educational resources:
All travel corridors to close from Monday
Anyone arriving in the UK by air, regardless of the country of origin, must quarantine on arrival, the Prime Minister has announced today.
The closure of air travel corridors comes into force at 4am on Monday and is initially in place for a month, but counld be extended.
Anyone arriving in the UK must quarantine for 10 days, alyhough there is an option of taking an extra test on the fifth day to shorten the isolation period.
Remember to share your videos and pictures
If you are taking part in the Clap for Heroes show of appreciation on Thursday evenings, we’d love to share photographs and videos across the borough.
Clap for Heroes began again earlier this month. Like Clap for Carers, which took place throughout the restrictions for much of 2020, people across the UK are being encouraged to stand on their doorsteps and in their gardens to show their appreciation for all the key workers who are keeping us safe and keeping the country moving during lockdown.
Please send us photos and videos of your tributes and we’ll share them on our social media platforms.
Email images and video to email@example.com or share them on Twitter and Facebook with #RotherhamTogether to get involved.
Seeking views on Council spending
Rotherham Council is asking residents and businesses for their views on what its budget priorities should be for the next financial year.
The Council is responsible for a budget of over £230m which it uses to provide a huge range of public services in the borough, including social care for vulnerable adults and children, road maintenance, school places, job creation, housing, libraries, bin collections, community safety, parks, planning and licensing.
Over the last 12 month the Council has also been at the forefront of the response to the Coronavirus pandemic in Rotherham, providing vital support to families and businesses most in need whilst continually adapting to ensure the vast majority of its services could continue as the restrictions changed.
Getting in touch…
During this challenging time please, where possible and appropriate, use our online services rather than calling via telephone. We’re receiving a high level of calls daily and want to ensure we’re able to answer urgent calls regarding vulnerable residents and our front line services.