Covid Updates

Bristol Council CoronavirusNews

Currently, the Council is producing regular newsletters, giving information and advice regarding the current coronavirus situation

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This is the most recent newsletter, issued January 18th:

Welcome to the council's coronavirus information and advice newsletter

Hello resident,

Bristol’s current rate of infection is 1,059 cases per 100,000 population. This is below the England average which stands at 1,129. There have been 4,933 new cases in the last seven days with 202 people currently in our hospitals unwell with COVID-19.
  • 346,486 (79 per cent) people in Bristol over 16 years of age have had one dose of the vaccine
  • 326,788 (75 per cent) people in Bristol over 16 years of age have had two doses of the vaccine
  • 244,784 (56 per cent) people in Bristol over 16 years of age have had three doses of the vaccine  
Cases of COVID-19 remain extremely high in Bristol. We are encouraging all Bristol residents to continue to follow all existing precautionary public health measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.
These include:
  • staying at home if you feel unwell
  • taking regular lateral flow (rapid) tests, particularly before visiting vulnerable people, or attending gatherings or events in crowded, enclosed spaces
  • getting a PCR test if you have any COVID-19 symptoms
  • wearing a face covering in must public places (unless exempt)
  • working from home if possible
  • maintaining social distancing and regular hand washing
  • taking up the offer of the free COVID-19 vaccine  
Bristol City Council, like councils across the UK, is facing the challenge of bridging a significant budget gap as demands on public services grow, and available funding from central government shrinks. I want to assure citizens that frontline services such as libraries, children’s centres and social care programmes will be protected from any saving proposals. Instead, we are looking at improving how the council is run by reducing costs and creating greater efficiency. Proposals will be considered at Bristol’s Cabinet meeting this evening (18 January). A recommendation will then be made to the annual budget Full Council meeting on 15 February.
Take care and have a good week.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

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Vaccinations during pregnancy

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe for women at any stage of pregnancy, and for those who are postpartum or breastfeeding. Vaccinations are the best protection against the known risks of COVID-19 for pregnant women and babies and the vaccine can reduce the likelihood of admission to intensive care and premature birth. Studies have also shown that hospital admission and severe illness from COVID-19 are more common in pregnant women (compared to those not pregnant), especially those in the third trimester of pregnancy.

We are therefore urging all women, who have not already done so, to book their first, second or booster COVID-19 vaccine through the National Booking Service, by calling 119 or attending a walk-in clinic. Find out which clinics are open this week on the website.

More information about COVID-19 and pregnancy is available on the NHS website.
Some walk-in clinics are now open to 12 to 15-year-olds for their first or second COVID-19 vaccines if they are eligible. Book an appointment through the National Booking Service. If your child has had COVID-19, please do not attend until 12 weeks (90 days) after the first day of their infection. More information about the vaccine and walk-in clinics offering vaccinations to 12 to 15-year-olds is available on the website.

Self-isolation changes

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 on a PCR or lateral flow (rapid) test, it is recommended that you self-isolate for 10 days. From yesterday (17 January), people in England who have to self-isolate following a positive result may be able to leave self-isolation early.
You may be able to leave self-isolation on day six if:
• you have had two or more doses of vaccine
• you test negative on a rapid test on days five and six. Each test must be taken at least 24 hours apart
• you do not have a temperature
Please register each rapid test result on GOV.UK.
If you test positive on a rapid test or have a temperature after day six, you must continue self-isolating. You can find further information on self-isolation requirements on the NHS website.
You can order rapid tests to be delivered to your home through the government website. 

Tell us how to help your High Street recover

To help us develop our action plans for our nine priority high streets and make sure funding is put to best use, we engaged with businesses and residents from September to November 2021 to understand what improvements are needed to help boost high street recovery, following the impact of COVID-19.
We now need more detail on the improvements, events and activities people have told us about. Visit our website for a summary of what people have said about each high street. If you live near, visit, or work on one of the priority high streets listed below, please share your views in the online high street recovery survey or register for an online focus group running during January and February.  

The priority high streets are Brislington Hill, Church Road, East Street, Filton Avenue, Filwood Broadway, Shirehampton, Stapleton Road, Stockwood and Two Mile Hill.

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