The issue which is at the top of many people’s minds at the moment is COVID-19, a strain of coronavirus.
Wootton Parish Covid-19 Response Team is a group of local volunteers set up to support residents who self-isolating during this difficult time.
Please follow the links below to register interest as a volunteer or to request assistance.
The Vale of White Horse District Council website (www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk) has the latest information and advice on COVID 19. It provides a quick link to the Government’s own website, which is updated daily, where you will find advice on self-isolating if you feel unwell and general advice on how to reduce your risk of being infected by the virus.
There are the following tips on the Government’s website for if you need to stay at home:
- try to keep at least 2 metres (3 steps) from other people in your home, particularly older people or those with long-term health conditions
- ask friends and family and delivery services to deliver things like food shopping and medicines – but avoid contact with them.
- sleep alone if possible.
- regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
- try to stay away from older people and those with long-term health conditions
- drink plenty of water and take everyday painkillers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, to help with your symptoms
- do not have visitors (ask people to leave deliveries outside)
- do not leave the house, for example to go for a walk, to school or public places
URGENT ADVICE: Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if :
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Hopefully, few of us will be infected by the virus. However, there are many residents in our community who are in the at-risk group who live alone and may not have access to the internet or family living close by. It would be a good idea if all local residents, but especially those living alone, gave their telephone number to a neighbour, or a local friend, and arranged with that friend or neighbour to phone them each day at a fixed time. If your ‘telephone friend’ got no reply they could then contact your family or, if necessary, the emergency services. Looking out for our neighbours is especially important at this time.
How you can help and get help?
If you need urgent medical help then still contact 999. However, if you require something that is not life-threatening then a local volunteer may be able to help. If you would like help then please use our Request Help page.
If you would like to help those in your immediate neighbourhood – say 10 houses either side of you – then click on our Volunteer Page to register your support.