Category Coronavirus

£8.6 million of additional support for Somerset care providers

Care providers in Somerset will be supported with an additional £8.6 million package to help them mitigate against the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The additional funds from Somerset County Council agreed for 2021/22 will allow providers to continue investing in staff and delivering quality care, reflecting National Minimum Wage increases. The coronavirus pandemic […]

Somerset Medal to honour county’s unsung heroes

From vaccinators to van drivers, health staff to home-schoolers, countless people have kept Somerset going over the last 12 months – and now Somerset County Council is honouring them with a new accolade. Today (23 March) marks one year since the first lockdown was introduced – and now it also marks the launch of the […]

More groups urged to get Covid-19 tested

Free Coronavirus community testing is now available for even more groups of Somerset residents to help break chains of transmission and keep communities safe. Around one in three people with Coronavirus do not have symptoms. Community testing, using lateral flow devices, is a fast and simple way to test people who do not have symptoms, […]

One year on – a day to reflect and remember

A minute’s silence will be held by Somerset County Council to mark a National Day of Reflection, remembering those who sadly lost their lives during the pandemic and to show support for everyone who has been bereaved. Initiated by end of life charity Marie Curie, the National Day of Reflection is due to take place […]

Somerset Coronavirus reflection page

This page is a permanent memorial and place of reflection dedicated to everyone we have lost to Coronavirus. We honour their memory – they will forever be with us in the hearts of those they left behind. Feel free to share your photos, stories, names or to reflect on your experiences through the Coronavirus pandemic. […]

Director of Public Health encourages all households with school age children to regularly COVID-19 test

Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health at Somerset County Council, urges all Somerset families and households with children to start to take a free Covid-test twice every week. Each person in a Somerset household with primary, secondary and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, are encouraged to test themselves at home twice every […]

Somerset’s Open Mental Health alliance shortlisted for prestigious national award

The alliance – called Open Mental Health – has made the final of the widely acclaimed Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value awards in the category of ‘public and preventative health service redesign initiative’…

Libraries reopen and launch ‘Reading Friends’ service

Somerset Libraries are delighted to announce that from Monday 8th March, almost all libraries will be reopening, offering a limited service as lockdown measures start to ease.  A new ‘Reading Friends’ befriending service will also be launched for those who may feel lonely or isolated in these continuing times. Libraries will initially be open in […]

More than 200,000 vaccinations offered in Somerset

The latest national figures confirm that 20 million people across the country have now been offered the COVID jab. Locally, the NHS vaccination programme in Somerset has also reached a new milestone, with over 200,000 vaccinations given to people in the highest priority groups. Health and care teams have continued to work extremely hard to […]

Growing old with domestic abuse – media centre

Last updated 25/02/2021 Ten per cent of older people will experience some form of domestic abuse and in Somerset the number of people over sixty-five reporting abuse is on the increase. Social isolation has been identified as one of the leading contributors and, at a time when more people are isolated due to the current […]