Category covid-19

Mental Health Awareness Week – Niki’s story

Niki Shaw, Adult Social Care Strategic Manager at Somerset County Council, shares her story about harrowing events that shaped her lockdown, the anxiety that came with it and the methods she used to cope with it: Let’s be honest – 2020 wasn’t great, was it? For any of us. I remember standing around a glowing, […]

Assisted rapid testing for people without symptoms of covid-19 now available in local pharmacies

People in Somerset will have access to assisted covid-19 testing from today (Saturday 1 May) as the county takes another important step in the roadmap out of lockdown. Somerset’s Director of Public Health is encouraging everyone to access free, regular, rapid Covid-19 testing. This regular testing is for people who do not have symptoms of […]

Somerset’s health and social care partnership blazing a trail nationally

Pioneering work in Somerset to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and help people get better at home has proven so successful it is being used to help shape national policy, Councillors heard this week…

Over 1m second vaccination doses delivered in the South West

Over one million people in the South West have now received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This milestone comes as the number of people in the region who have received their first dose tops three million. The second vaccine around 12 weeks later maximises protection against COVID-19 infection. Regional Director of NHSE/I South […]

£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 […]

Council staff book 30,000 Coronavirus vaccines for Somerset residents

More than 30,000 local people have been contacted and invited for a Covid-19 vaccination by staff from Somerset’s five councils. Since the opening of vaccination centres in the county, staff from Somerset County Council, Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council and South Somerset District Council have been working together contacting […]

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 […]