Coronavirus

We are continuing to work with colleagues in the NHS and Public Health England to do everything we can to delay the spread of coronavirus and ensure the people of Lancashire are protected.

As of 14 August 2020, Public Health England reported 7,656 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Lancashire - see regional breakdown of cases in England

Find out what the government is doing to tackle coronavirus.

Active travel

Please walk or cycle if possible

Find out what we're doing to promote Active Travel in Lancashire.

Walk or cycle for regular journeys, such as going to work, the shop, or on the school run. 

Active Travel in Lancashire

Let's Do It for Lancashire

Coronavirus is still with us and although we are seeing a reduction in new infections in certain parts of Lancashire, the infection rate is still high.

We all have a part to play to combat the virus

Please continue to take steps to reduce the risk of infection and help protect ourselves, our families and our communities.  

Give each other space
Social distance from people not in your household or 'bubble'.
Wash your hands often
Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.
Stay at home if you have symptoms - don't be a contact.

 

Coronavirus Myths - busted!

 It is important to have the correct facts, so we've pulled together some of the commons myths that are around about coronavirus.

In reality...

It affects all communities and ages.

Follow the guidance to keep your family and friends safe.

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In reality...

Covid is more than just a cold and can severely impact your health. It's in the same 'family' as colds, but can cause much more serious health issues.

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In reality...

Face coverings help to reduce the spread, but you still need to leave space and keep your distance from other people.

There are clear rules from government about when to wear a face covering, as well as exemptions when people don’t need to wear one.

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In reality...

You still need to social distance from people if you are outdoors.

It is a lower risk, but it is still there.

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In reality...

Coronavirus can affect any community.

Even if reported cases are low where you live or work, you should still follow the guidance and reduce the chance of it spreading into your area.

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In reality...

Tests identify the spread of coronavirus and help to avoid spreading it further.

If numbers rise, local measures are put in place to protect you.

 

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In reality...

Measures are only put in place to help stop the spread of the virus, and apply to all communities.

Anyone can be affected by coronavirus, regardless of their ethnicity, age or other factors.

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In reality...

Testing protects your friends, family and co-workers, and stops the further spread of the virus. Do you really want to pass it on to people you care about?

The Test and Trace system helps to identify if people have been in contact with someone who has coronavirus, so that they can protect themselves. 

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In reality...

You can have coronavirus even without symptoms.

This is why it is still important to keep following the guidance including social distance from people, wash your hands and wear a face covering.

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In reality...

The coronavirus risk is still here. By reducing the spread, we can have more normal lives.

Although the first wave reduced numbers around the county, we are expecting a second wave and are seeing increases in numbers. It is still with us.

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New local restrictions

An outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in parts of Lancashire. Government and relevant local authorities are acting together to control the spread of the virus. 

If you live in these parts of Lancashire you should follow new government restrictions:

  • Blackburn with Darwen
  • Burnley
  • Hyndburn
  • Pendle
  • Preston
  • Rossendale

You should not:

  • meet people you do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where you have formed a support bubble (or for other limited exemptions to be specified in law).
  • visit someone else’s home or garden even if they live outside of the affected areas.
  • socialise with people you do not live with in other indoor public venues – such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions. You may attend these venues with people you live with (or are in a support bubble with), but should avoid interaction with others.

What do I need to Know

Good hygiene remains the best prevention and you should continue to take some simple steps to protect you and your family:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
  • only travel on public transport if you need to
  • work from home, if you can
  • use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services

There is clear, helpful information on the NHS website about the symptoms of coronavirus and the steps to take

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

If you are required to stay at home, you can find information from the NHS about self-isolation.

The government are providing a coronavirus information service via WhatsApp

The new free to use service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), and will further reduce the burden on NHS services.

The government are providing a test and trace service to trace the spread of the virus and isolate new infections. This will play a vital role in giving an early warning if the virus is increasing again, locally or nationally: 

  • If you have any symptoms of coronavirus you must book a test
  • If you have had close recent contact with someone who has coronavirus, you must self-isolate if the NHS test and trace service advises you to do so

Changes to our services

Our focus is on providing the essential services which support the most vulnerable people in Lancashire.

The following services have been affected by the coronavirus, and there will be some changes to what we are able to provide: 

We will continue to carefully evaluate each service given the unprecedented and changing circumstances we are facing. We will update the information on a regular basis.

Help for residents

We are working closely with local authority partners, as well as the community and voluntary sectors across Lancashire, to be able to provide help to those who need it.

Community Hubs

Community hubs have been created in each district across Lancashire to coordinate support and help which is available for those in need.

Volunteer support

If you feel isolated, vulnerable and in need of volunteer support you can fill out a community support referral form and a member of the Lancashire Volunteer Partnership will contact you.

If you are a group or organisation that can help support vulnerable people at this time please visit Our Lancashire.

Talkzone advice and information line

Families can get support, advice and information online and over the phone through our Talkzone service. Talkzone is open from 8.30am to 10pm each weekday, and from 2pm to 10pm on weekends.

Support for clinically extremely vulnerable people

If you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus, you can register with gov.uk for support. You’ll be able to ask for help, for example, getting deliveries of essential supplies like food or medicine.

Register for yourself or on someone else's behalf.  GOV.UK: Get coronavirus support as a clinically extremely vulnerable person

If you consider yourself vulnerable but don’t meet this criteria there is still help available through the Community Hubs.

Age UK Lancashire

Age UK Lancashire provides an information and Advice Line for:

  • Information on sources of local support, including referrals to emergency food supplies, where available;
  • Advice on a range of issues, including: benefits, housing options, health & community care;
  • A Welfare Benefits check over the telephone

Call Age UK on 0300 303 1234 or visit the Age UK Lancashire website

Age Concern

The Age Concern Coronavirus Support Service is aimed at helping those within self-isolation and their carers to access: 

  • Shopping trips
  • Free food parcels / welfare ‘goodie’ bags
  • Regular telephone calls / befriending service
  • Information and advice – incl. benefits assessments and links to wider public/voluntary sector support
  • Specialist dementia care and support
  • Selected Dementia Products available through our website.  
  • A collection of free online Resources through our website

Various levels of support are available across Lancashire.

To refer in to the service or to enquire about volunteering, please contact Age Concern Central Lancashire through the Coronavirus Helpline: (01772) 552850 (Option Zero) or visit the website: https://www.ageisjustanumber.org.uk/covid-19-referral/

 

More information

Public Health England and government departments have provided additional guidance about coronavirus for: 

Employers and business

If your business has been affected by the coronavirus Boost Business Lancashire has a dedicated #AskForHelp team ready to assist.

If you have a business or organisation that could offer spare safety equipment, then please get in touch. Any donated equipment would be used to protect key workers from various organisations.

Community organisations

If your organisation has been affected by the coronavirus Boost Business Lancashire may also be able to assist. Contact their #AskForHelp team for more information.

Education

We have produced some guidance for education providers which follows government guidance. This will be regularly updated:

We have also pulled together some online educational resources for parents to help children to learn at home.

Care providers

We have produced some guidance for care providers, which follows government guidance. This will be regularly updated: