Malpas Community Links and Malpas Parish Council have recently signed up to become Community Champions.
This is an initiative being run be Cheshire West Borough Council, who are providing regular updates.
Below is the latest issue.
We'd like to thank all community champions for their support so far. It's great to see so many people sign up to become champions and get behind this project.
If you've only recently signed up, we've put together a video to welcome champions and explain more about how you can play your part.
Your support with passing on key pieces of information to people in your communities is very much appreciated. It's important we all work together.
In the seven days up to 29 August, there were 26 confirmed COVID-19 cases in west Cheshire. This compares to 27 confirmed cases the previous week (15-22 August).
Safely reopening schools
Our Public Health officers have been working with school leaders ahead of this week's reopening to offer advice.
Scenario planning events have taken place to guide headteachers through how to deal with example situations, such as a pupil who is symptomatic and what to do if a pupil tests positive for COVID-19. School staff have received Public Health training and advice on how the NHS Test and Trace service works to make sure they can manage any potential cases.
This extensive preparation has meant a successful reopening of schools across the borough this week.
Families also have an important role to play by communicating with schools if their child becomes unwell, staying at home and self-isolating as necessary and following all Government guidelines on COVID-19.
As community champions, you can help us support businesses. Our Environmental Health officers, who are qualified in health and safety, can offer support and advice to businesses, including a site visit, for those that need it.
This is about recognising businesses that are showing best practice and supporting those that need help to become more COVID secure.
We want you to let us know whether you spot anything in your local community. It could be about any of the following areas.
- Shops, pubs, restaurants and other venues open to the public that aren't taking customer contact details.
- Shops and other indoor areas, such as cinemas, museums, community centres and hair and beauty salons, where customers generally aren't wearing face coverings. Please be mindful that there are sometimes reasons why people aren't wearing face masks, such as having a physical or mental illness, impairment or disability. It's important we respect people who aren't able to wear face coverings.
- Shops, pubs, restaurants and other venues open to the public where social distancing of at least one metre plus isn't being maintained by staff or customers, particularly where it is difficult or impossible for people to do so because of the number of people being allowed in the building, or the layout of tables and chairs isn't social distanced or is encouraging people from different groups not to observe social distancing.
We've set up an online form so community champions can easily get in touch with us.
Details about Local Testing Site
We wanted to let you know that a Local Testing Site (LTS) for COVID-19 will be located at the Little Roodee car park from Saturday 5 September, 10am-5pm. From Sunday 6 September, it will be open seven-days-a-week, 8am-8pm.
It is a dedicated walk-through testing site, primarily for local people and particularly for those who don't drive and may previously have found it difficult to access testing.
Residents must arrive on foot or by cycle and there is no free car parking available.
If people do choose to drive, they will need to park at a location nearby and walk to the site. Residents who wish to park on the remainder of the Little Roodee car park will need to pay the standard tariff.
This is a semi-permanent testing site and it is likely to be in this location for at least three months.
Arrangements have been put in place to manage visitors to the site, making sure full social distancing and safety measures are being followed.
LTSs are self-testing centres staffed by private contractors and are a walk-through facility.
People will need to walk or cycle to the testing site. People with COVID-19 symptoms are advised not to use public transport and wear a face covering. People will need to bring some form of ID (for example, a work pass with a photo).
If you have any further questions, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's important we remind everyone to protect themselves and their family and friends by getting a COVID-19 test whenever they have symptoms (a high temperature, new, continuous cough, or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste).
To get tested, please call: 119 or visit: nhs.uk/coronavirus.
Protect your community by then self-isolating with members of your household until the results of the test arrive. If the test confirms you have COVID-19, you should continue to self-isolate for 10 days and members of your household should continue to self-isolate for 14 days.
Anyone contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service and advised they have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 should also self-isolate for 14 days.
Please encourage other people and organisations to become community champions as we want as many people as possible to get involved.
We'd love to hear from community champions about how you've been playing your part so far.
If you'd like to share your story, please email: email@example.com