Extra Care and Supported Living will be subject to the same restrictions.Families across Worcestershire are being asked not to visit loved ones in care homes, to protect them from Covid-19. Our Public Health teams have taken the precautionary decision to close visits to all care homes with immediate effect. Only essential or compassionate visits will be allowed.
Dr. Kathryn Cobain, Director for Public Health for Worcestershire said: “ We have been assessing the situation in Worcestershire very closely. The decision to stop care home, extra care and supported living visits is a difficult one to take. We have tried to balance the emotional health and wellbeing of our residents, with keeping them safe from Covid. By stopping visits county wide, we are acting to protect our vulnerable residents from the virus.
I appreciate this will be upsetting and frustrating for families and I want to reassure you that we have acted to save lives. We will continue to review this situation. For now this is a sensible precautionary measure, it is better to act sooner rather than later. “ News article: Care Homes across the county to be halted
Update from Dr Kathryn Cobain the Director for Public Health in Worcestershire:
We are seeing an increase in cases in some parts of Worcestershire. This is in line with other parts of the country, including some of close neighbours. We continue to monitor and assess the Covid-19 cases each day and follow our outbreak control plan. We will introduce measures and actions to protect residents where needed.
It is really important for us all to keep going right now and not to be complacent. Covid-19 is still with us, in our communities and the places we visit. We all want to beat this virus and we can do it, if we follow the advice. It is up to each one of us to do our bit by hand washing, using face coverings where necessary and keeping our distance. They are simple measures but they do work.
- Advice for people with cancer
- Advice on accessing green spaces safely (GOV.UK)
- Armed forces veteran community
- Births, Deaths, Marriages and Citizenship
- Car sharing advice
- Care providers
- Direct payments and personal budgets
- Employers and businesses
- Funding for Charites and Voluntary Organisations
- Guidance for the safe use of places of worship (GOV.UK)
- Information for employees
- Library services
- Mental health urgent help
- Pension advice
- Parents and carers
- Schools, Early Years and education settings
- Travelling abroad
- Unpaid carers
- Youth community provision
- Youth workers and those working with young people
COVID-19, Domestic Abuse and Your Community
You might be worried about yourself or a friend or relative’s wellbeing during the pandemic. If so, help is available:
SafeLives ending domestic abuse # you are not alone
Safe Lives have all the domestic abuse resources in a one stop link:
Website: SafeLives ending domestic abuse - Domestic abuse and COVID-19 (opens in a new window)
Free phone 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247
Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327 (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm)
In an emergency always dial 999
For more information about this service and further domestic abuse related information and services please visit the Worcestershire County Council Domestic abuse website.
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert
This means you must:
- stay at home as much as possible
- work from home if you can
- limit contact with other people
- keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- wash your hands regularly
There is more information about what you can and cannot do on the FAQs on the gov.uk website (opens in new window).
Who can I contact if I can't find the information I need?
If you have a query or issue that cannot be addressed within the guidance, please do not hesitate to contact the Health Protection Team at Public Health England:
Telephone: 0344 225 3560
Telephone out of hours: 01384 679031