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Lockdown Newsletter 33

18th February 2021

More in Morpeth weekly update newsletter. For the duration of the current lockdown, the focus will be on guidance and support. Contact: moreinmorpeth@gmail.com

We are in the Third Lockdown

Government guidance – subject to ongoing review and re-interpretation – but the source information is at https://tinyurl.com/y6sq9ef2 Updated 15th Feb: attending support groups, international travel, quarantine hotels. Public Health England latest guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Targetted Community Testing for key workers now bookable at Ashington, Alnwick and Hexham. It is available to: childminders, early years staff nurseries; carers; local public or voluntary sector organisations like food banks; small businesses providing key services e.g. waste management, taxi firms, public transport, funeral directors; sole traders or self-employed people. The tests are only available to eligible key workers who are not showing symptoms of Covid-19. https://tinyurl.com/535kd7m6 Video: https://tinyurl.com/y38g3mm5

Vaccination roll-out: If you are scheduled for a vaccination, you will be invited to a hub (Alnwick or Centre for Life, Newcastle), or you can wait to be contacted by your GP surgery and get vaccinated locally. https://tinyurl.com/y295dfh7 Over 70,000 people (about 21% of total population) have been vaccinated in Northumberland so far, and delivery is now moving on to the next priority group.

Northumberland Libraries: Do you know someone who could benefit from having a #TelephoneFriend to talk to? New #ReadingFriends project from The Reading Agency. For more info or to register for yourself or on someone’s behalf, fill in the form http://bit.ly/telephonefriends

April 21st “From Copper Chare to Castle Square” with Morpeth Poet Jan Clarke. Book now for this online event https://tinyurl.com/1ra7545o

R. Martin Butcher (Newgate St) Home deliveries available daily, call 01670 513359

Roadworks (including temporary traffic lights in some instances) in Morpeth delayed by the snow are going ahead this month: Highmoor from 15th; Crawhall Crescent & Westfield from 16th; Abbey Meadows from 17th; Second Ave, Stobhill from 18th; Curley Kews from 22nd

Help fight COVID-19 by aiding research: download the Zoe C-19 app and record your health and symptoms in a couple of minutes on a daily basis. Join over 4.5M participants supporting the NHS and scientists in the UK, by providing data from a wide cross-section of people healthy, pre- and post-vaccine, pre- and post-Covid. https://covid.joinzoe.com/

Stormchaser COVID-19 Prevention Study: Those exposed to COVID-19 in the past 5 days may be eligible. Those who qualify may get: COVID-19 test at no cost, investigational antibodies at no cost and study-related medical care from local doctors at no cost. See https://gb.c19stormchaserstudy.com/

Lockdown support from Northumberland Communities Together and locally through the Morpeth Community Support FB Group For assistance, call the support hub on 01670 620015 or email NCT@northumberland.gov.uk NCT Website https://tinyurl.com/y3nbtzrl MCSG FB https://tinyurl.com/y53bjrc3

If you are concerned about someone’s immediate welfare call OneCall on 01670 536400 and in an emergency call 999.

With Jack Gebhard moving to London, the new local (Morpeth) coordinator for Communities Together is Alison Byard email alison.byard@morpeth-tc.gov.uk mob 07963 306549

Advance Northumberland is offering 1-to-1 advice on business support available – email covid19@advancenorthumberland.co.uk and they aim to call back within 24 hours https://tinyurl.com/y3qmoq3s North East Growth Hub Covid-19 Toolkit https://tinyurl.com/y35zzqff