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Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Information and Advice for Dilwynners


As of 18th March 2020, these are the government guidelines.
For up to date advice, please refer to www.gov.uk

Symptoms and Self-Isolation

If you live alone and develop a new persistent cough OR a high temperature,
you should isolate at home for 7 days (from when the symptoms started).

If you live with others and one of you develops symptoms, the entire household should isolate for 14 days, starting from when the first person in the house became ill. Wherever possible, vulnerable people should stay somewhere else for 14 days. If you are unable to do this, try to:

- Keep at least 2 metres apart wherever possible.
- Use a separate bathroom, separate towels and toiletries.
- Sleep alone.
- Regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use the kitchen at a different time and use separate cutlery and crockery.

Remember, if you have Coronavirus symptoms:
- Do not go to a GP Surgery, pharmacy or hospital
- You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying home
- Testing is not required if you are staying at home

If you feel you cannot cope with the symptoms at home, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online service. If you do not have Internet access, call NHS 111. For an emergency call 999.

Social Distancing
Social distancing reduces the social interaction between people. Whilst we should all now practice these measures, it is particularly important for those deemed vulnerable which includes the over 70s, anyone with an underlying health condition and anyone with a weakened immune system. It now also applies to those who are pregnant. Practice social distancing by:

- Working from home.
- Cancelling all non-essential public transport trips & gatherings.
- Limiting visitors.

Working as a Community

We are incredibly lucky to live in the wonderful community of Dilwyn which has pulled together many times in the past to achieve great things. We now need, and will, pull together once again to get through this difficult time.

As a general rule, we need to look out for our neighbours, especially those who are vulnerable and live alone. Being mindful of social distancing, putting a note through your neighbour’s letterbox offering your contact details and support is a great way to help. Never estimate the power of reaching out to reassure and dampen loneliness or anxiety.

Dilwyn Coronavirus Taskforce

This has been set up to help anyone get supplies and support.

Alan Rudland has kindly agreed to act as coordinator for the taskforce.
Tel: 01544 319262 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are isolating or avoiding social contact and need help, please contact Alan with your name, address and other contact details. All personal and sensitive information will be kept confidential.
If you would prefer to speak to a woman, Alan won’t be offended,
just let him know and he'll ensure this happens.
You can seek help for:
• Getting shopping and other essential supplies.
• Other essential things (e.g. dog-walking, a friendly chat, help with technology to stay in touch with friends and family).

We already have a group of volunteers willing to help those isolating in the village, but we will always need more.
If you would like to volunteer, please contact Richard Kelly
Tel: 01544 319288 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There will be teething problems and issues that this volunteer service will need to address. With his links to HVOSS (Herefordshire's support to the community and voluntary sector) and Healthwatch Herefordshire, Richard Kelly is keeping abreast of county wide plans and is lobbying with supermarkets to obtain formal agreement where volunteers are recognised and therefore immune to ration restraints currently in place. It will inevitably be a ‘learn as we go’ process. As the situation changes. We will adapt and improve the system to make it as efficient as possible.
A Facebook group has also been set up: ‘Dilwyn Coronavirus Support.’ This is an additional way we can share information. Please join and invite others in the village to do the same.

Top Tips to help you through isolation or social distancing
- Keep a routine - get up, get dressed and stick to your normal eating times.
- Limit media coverage, particularly social media as this can add to anxiety.
- Get news from the BBC and facts from www.gov.uk to avoid false/inaccurate
information.
- Keep yourself busy with books, games, gardening, movies or other hobbies.
- Go outside several times a day to get some natural light.
- Do those jobs that you never have the time for . . . no excuse now!
- Keep in touch with your friends and family through phone calls, messages,
video calls (Facetime, WhatsApp, Facebook) and social media.

Meal Information
- The Crown in Dilwyn is available for takeaway and delivery. You can order by calling Tel: 01544 318063
- Jules restaurant in Weobley is extending normal takeaway hours to lunchtimes Tues -Friday. It also offers free delivery for those isolating within a 3 mile radius. Tel: 01544 318206
- Jo from Weobley JP Catering is offering a free hot meal delivery to anyone in Weobley and Dilwyn. The meals cost £4 and consists of a hot meal plus a pudding. Jo can be contacted on Tel: 07557362600, between the hours of 8am-2pm or Tel: 01544 318983 between 3pm-7pm

These are naturally unsettling times but as a community we are well prepared and doing all we can to minimise the impact.



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