- Government guidelines,
- NHS Guidance,
- Public Health England (PHE) guidance on How to stay Safe and prevent the spread and Stay at home: guidance if you display symptoms.
- Read more about the Government plan for Living with Covid-19.
- From Thursday 24 February, COVID-19 guidance changed:
- You will not be legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19. Adults and children who test positive continue to be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received 2 negative test results on consecutive days. Guidance for health and social care settings has not yet changed and people should refer to gov.uk for guidance.
- Routine contact tracing will end. You will not have to take daily tests or be legally required to self-isolate following contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- The Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme will end. If you were told to self-isolate before 24 February you can still make a claim up to 6 April.
- The legal obligation for individuals to tell their employers when they are required to self-isolate will end.
- Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and friends from the virus. There is still time to come forward and take up the offer of a COVID-19 vaccination. In Gloucestershire 90% of over 16 year olds have had a first dose, and it’s not too late to change your mind. There are three ways you can do this:
Gloucestershire County Council Covid-19 Update – 18 Feb 2022
From Monday 21 February 2022, the Gloucestershire Community Help Hub will no longer be available. Thank you to everyone who helped promote the helpline when it was set up at the start of the pandemic, and thank you to all volunteers who signed up to h o help our communities via the portal.
• The UKHSA is now reporting ‘episodes of Covid’ rather than positive cases. Data will now include those who have had the virus more than once. Keep up to date by checking the national dashboard regularly.
The vaccination programme for 12 to 15-year-olds has restarted in Gloucestershire’s secondary schools, and parents will get more details directly from schools. Children aged 12 to 15 are also be able to attend a drop-in vaccination site with a parent or guardian.
• Self-isolation is still a legal requirement if you have COVID-19. People with COVID-19 can end their self-isolation after five full days, as long as they test negative with a rapid test on day 5 and day 6.
• About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. Take a rapid lateral flow test before meeting up with friends and family – especially those who are vulnerable. You can collect tests from most pharmacies with a code – find
out more online.
For further information go to COVID-19 information and advice – Gloucestershire County Council
Other Useful information
Gloucestershire County Council – Covid 19 Mobile Testing Units – Location Information
If you have symptoms of Covid-19, you can get a free NHS test. Follow link for weekly test unit locations – click here for location details.
All adults in England have now been offered at least 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines are safe and effective. Getting fully vaccinated is the best way of protecting you and others against COVID-19.
If you have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine, you should get vaccinated.
Testing for Coronavirus (Covid-19) / Mobile Testing Unit locations
An important part of minimising and managing any future spread of Covid-19 is the speed at which people can be tested and isolation measures put in place, should an outbreak occur.
Mobile testing units are available at locations across the county. Check the GCC website for latest venues.
Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 can have a test. You must book a test in advance. Please do not turn up to one of the locations without booking – anyone without a booking risks being turned away.
To book a test or for more information on testing, go to the NHS website or call 119.