Coronavirus infection rates continue to rise in the borough and as we enter the second national lockdown, the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and the Frimley Collaborative want to take this opportunity to highlight the importance of self-isolation.
If you, anyone you live with or members of your support bubble have any of the following symptoms you must not leave your home other than to get tested:
- A high temperature - that is above 37.8 degrees C
- A new continuous cough, or a
- Loss of taste or smell
You must not leave your home until you get your result. If you test positive you must self-isolate for 10 days.
If someone you live with or someone in your support bubble tests positive or if you have been contacted by track and trace you can’t break isolation with a negative test, you need to keep self-isolating for the full 14 days as you could get symptoms within the 14 day period after being tested negative.
Dr Huw Thomas, local GP and Interim Clinical Locality Lead for the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Place for the Frimley Collaborative, said: “I have seen the impact coronavirus has had on people’s lives, their families and loved ones and we must continue to be vigilant.
“If you leave home while you could be infectious with coronavirus symptoms, even if you feel fine, you could pass the virus onto other people, including people who are vulnerable to very serious illness. That’s why it’s especially important to self-isolate if you are told you are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19, whether you feel unwell yourself or not.
He continued: “By self-isolating, you are not only protecting your community, you are also helping all those who may become very sick if they become infected and those key workers who have worked tirelessly throughout this pandemic. It’s an incredibly important and effective way of slowing the spread of a disease like COVID-19. I would like to thank everyone for their continued sacrifices and diligent adherence to the guidance during these testing times. As a community, we must stick together and together we will get through this very difficult period”.
If you are self-isolating and need help to get a prescription collected, get some shopping, to walk your dog or even just to speak to a friendly voice, support is available to all.
You can call the Royal Borough COVID-19 Volunteering Hub on 0203 5148117 during opening hours Monday - Friday 9am to 4pm. They can advise you on what support they can offer or can put you in touch with a support group local to you that can help.
The council website also has information on the local COVID-19 community support groups. It includes many local organisations such as Magpies Community Care, Helping Hands and Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club. If you look in the ‘service’ column you can see which organisation can help you with a prescription or your shopping.
Councillor Stuart Carroll, lead member for adults, children’s services, health and mental health, says : “Coronavirus symptoms are real, and can be deadly, and are significantly impacting us right now – please don’t risk yourself, your family or your community. Remember hands, face, space when you do leave your home and do remember to isolate if you get symptoms or if you live with someone , or are in a bubble with someone , who has symptoms or are contacted by Track and Trace. We want to stop the spread so we can reduce the impact of coronavirus in our community”.
The GOV.UK website has information about how to self-isolate including guidance for people who have been notified by NHS Test and Trace that they are a contact of a person who has had a positive test result for COVID-19.
Dr Huw Thomas has also recorded a short video to remind residents about the importance of self-isolating. You can view it here.
The Frimley Collaborative is a partnership of East Berkshire, Surrey Heath and North East Hampshire and Farnham CCGs.