Latest Southampton City Council Coronavirus (Coivd-19) update

Join Southampton’s COVID-19 Community Champions

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The way Southampton residents have supported each other as we face the COVID-19 pandemic has been amazing to see. People from all walks of life have stepped up to support their communities and protect the vulnerable. This week, the Leader of the Council, Councillor Christopher Hammond, met with a couple of the people that have been at the forefront of that response within their communities and have recently signed up as Covid-19 Community Champions. You can watch this week’s video onYouTube here.

If you’d like to stay up to date with the latest advice about COVID-19, make a positive impact on your community, and share trusted information with your friends, family and colleagues, sign up, and become a COVID-19 Community Champion.

Your local COVID-19 data update

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The latest weekly report on COVID-19 in Southampton shows that the number of cases in the city is increasing, and that we should do all we can to protect ourselves, our families and others from spreading the infection.

Under the new national alert system, our current alert level is ‘medium,’ meaning that conditions are unchanged, with residents following the Rule of Six on social gatherings and a 10pm closure time for hospitality venues.

Stay safe:

HANDS  Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol.

FACE  Wear a face covering in indoor settings like shops and public transport, where it is required, where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

SPACE  Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre where this is not possible with extra precautions in place.

If you have symptoms or a positive test result for coronavirus (COVID-19), it is very important that you self-isolate immediately for 10 days (14 days for those you live with).

Visit the NHS website to book a free test, or call NHS 111 for advice:

Read about all the latest changes to guidance that have taken place this week on the UK Government coronavirus web pages:

You can see the full dashboard we use to track the virus in Southampton on our website.

We will continue to publish this update every Tuesday on our social media channels. The website and infographics are also updated every Tuesday.

New test site at Southampton Guildhall Square

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A third walk-through COVID-19 testing site is now open in Southampton in the City Centre at the Guildhall.

The site is being run by Mitie on behalf of the Department for Health and Social Care as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to increase testing for coronavirus.

Southampton Guildhall joins Woodley Road Car Park in Woolston and Marlborough Road Car Park (South) in Shirley as the third walk-through COVID-19 testing site in Southampton. This site will provide easier access to testing for people living in the centre of the city. We are actively exploring the possibility of a fourth site to serve the north of the city.

Appointments for the local testing site are available to anyone with coronavirus symptoms seven days a week 8am – 8pm, subject to national capacity.

Learn more about the Guildhall test site and others in Southampton.

Residents urged to not litter face masks

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Increasing numbers of littered PPE masks that could spread COVID-19 have raised concerns for street cleansing operatives and residents in the city who could be exposed to the virus. Our new ‘It’s not a task, just bin your mask’ campaign artwork will appear at littering hotspots around the city to remind people to dispose of their used masks, and any other potentially infected waste, in an environmentally friendly and socially responsible way.

Claim financial support if you’ve been told to self-isolate

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The government has launched the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment scheme for people who are on a low income and cannot work from home while self-isolating. The support is in the form of a one-off payment of £500, designed to help ease financial pressure while people continue to self-isolate and cannot leave their homes. If you think you’re eligible, please complete and submit the application form on our website. Once we’ve verified all the details, you will receive an email to let you know if you’ve been successful. We intend to issue payments as soon as possible after successful applications are verified. Remember, you could be fined if you have tested positive and do not stay at home and self-isolate.

You can read more about the scheme here.

Get involved with our UK City of Culture bid

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Don’t forget, we are encouraging everyone to get involved with our UK City of Culture bid. Southampton is bidding to become the UK City of Culture in 2025, a really fantastic opportunity for the city. You can keep up to date via regular emails and get involved. The Southampton 2025 team has also launched their social media channelsTwitter, Facebook and Instagram – please check them out and share. To decide what sort of things should be included in the bid, the team wants to understand what the city needs and identify where the gaps are. To do this they are asking everyone for a few minutes of their time to complete a short survey or sign up to be part of focus groups. Please get involved. The impact of the public launch was fantastic. Read more here. We need to build on that now.

No place for hate

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Alongside our partners and Southampton Hate Crime Network we want to stamp out all forms of hate crime across the city.

This week (10-17 Oct) is National Hate Crime Awareness Week and with your help, we can help to keep our communities safe by reporting anything you see or experience.

  • Call 101 to report a hate crime or for support and advice
  • If it’s an emergency, call 999
  • Or download the #LoveDontHate Southampton hate crime app, available to download on Google Play for Android and App Store for Apple devices

Find out more ways to report hate crime here.

In need of some inspiration?

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Doing something new is a great way to look after your wellbeing. Why not discover all the things you could get involved in, despite COVID-19 restrictions, by subscribing to our Culture Vulture newsletter? You can visit our City Art Gallery and discover the Face of Britain exhibition for free and relax with 50% off a hot drink afterwards next-door at SeaCity museum, just show our staff your gallery ticket.