Coronavirus information

December update] As of Boxing Day 2020, all of Somerset is under Tier 3 restrictions. Well that didn’t last long: as of midnight 30th December, the whole of Somerset is in Tier 4. Please click on image to the right to see what this entails.

Please also see this news item which contains two new graphics from SCC explaining how long you need to self-isolate in different circumstances. Details on when and how to obtain a Covid test are shown here.

For the latest advice from Somerset County Council please  see this page.
This weekly update  has information on current health statistics for the county, and details on how different departments are responding.

October update]  The second wave of the pandemic is affecting Somerset far more than the first. The infection rate here has tripled in the last month. We all need to beware of complacency which may have set in while COVID-19 was a threat mostly affecting other parts of the country.

•  Stick to the rules and keep practicing social distancing at all times
•  Assume that everyone you meet may be infected (and possibly symptom-free)
•  Isolate and get tested if you feel unwell or have any reason to believe you may be infected.
For more details seeSW&T poster.

This page has been set up to provide up-to-date information in the current crisis. It contains links to the most recent advice from the NHS and local government, as well as information specific to Stoke St Gregory.

There may be very few cases of Covid-19 in the immediate area, and Somerset as a whole has not suffered nearly as much as other parts of the country, but we should still be taking preventative measures very seriously.

•  Everyone should be “social distancing” right now: assume that everyone you meet could be a carrier, keep your distance from them and don’t touch.
•  Distrust all surfaces that may have been touched by others, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, and avoid touching your face.
•  If you have reason to believe that you may have been exposed to the virus, self-isolate: keep away from any contact with others for at least 7 days to avoid passing on infection. You should self-isolate for a further 7 days (14 in all) if you develop symptoms.
•  If you are 70 or older, if you could be pregnant, or if you have an underlying health condition (particularly a lung-related condition such as asthma or a weakened immune system) you are advised to consider self-isolating for your own protection. There is talk of this becoming compulsory, though this does not appear to be the case yet.

If you feel that you may have symptoms of coronavirus, do not go to the health centre. Follow the advice on the North Curry Health Centre website. Only phone the NHS 111 coronavirus phone line if you need to after reading this.
Additional advice about North Curry Health Centre from Dr Hickman.

Help for those in self-isolation

Many people in the village have already risen to the challenge, offering help to neighbours who may need shopping, prescriptions or other supplies collected, or just a friendly phone call. Kelly de Silva, Clerk to the PC is acting as an information exchange. If you need any form of help, or you have any questions, do contact  Kelly by phone or email: pcssgcv@gmail.com   07701 053903
(Please note that the shop is also offering free delivery via volunteers to any residents who need it—see below.)

Rachel Parish is also offering a hot meal every Wednesday, delivered free (or for a small donation) to those in need of it. See this post.

See also this government web-page (and this News post) concerning support for those who are considered ‘extremely vulnerable’. This is another government web-page specific to help with obtaining food.

The Shop

The village shop in the Royal Oak is operating an updated version of the Shop Coronovirus Policy originally developed by Ian Upshall. The latest (Tier 4) restrictions make it particularly difficult for volunteers to operate in the shop, but a free delivery service supported by volunteers continues to be available. Please ring 07842 992825 or email shop@hotvssg.org if this would be helpful to you.

Mental Health

The pandemic has taken a sever toll on many people’s sense of well-being. This leaflet from Somerset County Council, offers a wide range of options for help with different aspects of this, from money worries to loneliness. Mindline Somerset offers a 24/7 emotional support helpline on 01823 276 892. Please also bear in mind that there are many people within our village who would be only too willing to offer help if they know you need it.

Links to further advice

Be healthily sceptical of information on social media. The best source of authoritative advice on health matters is NHS.uk. A banner on their home page will take you straight to their current Covid-19 advice and to the current Government response information.

Somerset West and Taunton Council also has an information page, and have put out an information pack which may be read online or downloaded. Somerset County Council also have an information page, which covers many of the same topics.

On 6 April, this joint press release was put out on behalf of Somerset County and all the District Councils. It is primarily to announce a new phone Helpline (0300 790 6275) offering support for those needing help (except health advice) in coping with the coronavirus crisis. Also you are encouraged to visit this website if you are interested in volunteering.

See also this post on advice to avoid coronavirus scams.

Updates

If you have any information which you think would add to the usefulness of this page, please contact Nick Sloan. We will do our best to update and adapt as the situation develops.
Last updated 1-1-21