Category Coronavirus

Pledge to support families in school holidays

Somerset County Council has today issued a plea for families in need of urgent food supplies to contact the Coronavirus helpline and confirmed it is stepping up its efforts to provide more school holiday support with a £125,000 scheme. At the same time, the Council continues to lobby government for further funding. Currently the council […]

Get Spooky… But stay Safe this Halloween

Somerset’s Director of Public Health is urging families to give a new Covid-friendly twist to Halloween this year and keep safe.   With cases of the virus rising throughout the county, trick or treating is a “no go” this year, but that doesn’t mean there is no spooky fun to be had!   Trudi Grant, […]

Understanding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Somerset businesses

The results of a large county-wide survey about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on local businesses will be used to shape Somerset’s response and economic recovery planning. Conducted by Somerset’s five local authorities between July 24 and August 21 this year, the survey provides vital intelligence on how more than 1,300 businesses have been […]

Somerset school children set to help fight flu

Somerset County Council is urging all parents and carers of school aged children to return their flu consent form and help children become ‘flu fighters’ this winter. All schools should have issued information about the flu vaccination to parents and carers of eligible children and young people asking them to fill in an online form […]

Stoptober –a time to quit and reduce your risk

It’s ‘Stoptober’ this month and Somerset County Council is encouraging smokers to quit to benefit their health – and help reduce the risk of catching serious respiratory infections this winter. Smokers have an increased risk of contracting respiratory infections and are more likely to have more severe symptoms once infected. Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms and flu […]

Board urges people to follow government guidelines as Mendip sees increase in positive coronavirus cases

The Somerset Local Outbreak Engagement Board is urging people in the Mendip area to stay vigilant after a significant rise in positive coronavirus cases. Although the rates of infection remain low in Somerset as a whole, there is an increase in numbers in the county with more cases emerging in Mendip. Of the 59 new […]

Know what to do if your child starts to display Coronavirus symptoms

  A new ‘Somerset Covid Checker’ launches this week to support parents in knowing what actions to take if their child starts to display Coronavirus symptoms. Somerset’s Coronavirus Engagement Board launched the new ‘Covid Checker’ to help parents know what to do if their child starts to display Coronavirus symptoms, tests positive, someone in their […]

Cover-up on school transport students are urged

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education is asking all secondary age pupils who can, to start wearing face coverings on dedicated school transport. It is not currently mandatory for school pupils to wear coverings on home to school transport – it is left to the discretion of parents. But wearing face coverings on public […]

Help us save lives with 20-minute training on World Suicide Prevention Day

The NHS in Somerset, voluntary organisations, and Somerset County Council are urging people to complete free online training on how to talk about suicide for World Suicide Prevention Day on the 10th September 2020. They have joined together to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide and […]

Book first at new look library service

Somerset Libraries have rolled out a new order-and-collect service giving customers access to library books while staying safely socially distanced. Libraries have been opening over the last few weeks in phases across the county and offering the new service, with the final four – Chard, Cheddar, Glastonbury and Martock libraries – now open. With the […]