Category Public Health

Somerset will be in Tier 2 from 2 December

Somerset County Council’s Leader, and Director of Public Health are urging people to show restraint as the Government’s new Covid-19 tier system was announced today Somerset will be placed in Tier 2* when national restrictions end on 2 December. The Tier covers all four districts – Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset and Somerset West and Taunton […]

#MakeLockdownCountSomerset

Our fantastic key workers in Somerset are leading a campaign to deliver a vital message for everyone – let’s all make the last week of lockdown count and keep coronavirus infection rates down. Doctors, nurses, critical care teams, police, ambulance crews, firefighters and staff from Somerset County Council as well as Royal Navy personnel are […]

Introducing Somerset’s Covid Community Champions

A new initiative is being launched to create a network of volunteers to help people in Somerset get the latest advice about Covid-19 and ensure residents stay as happy and healthy as possible in these difficult times. The scheme hit the ground running this week with the first 17 Covid Community Champions attending an induction […]

Domestic abuse – help is still available

‘Don’t suffer behind closed doors’ – that is the message from Somerset County Council, who are working closely with partners to make sure services continue during the new lockdown. The Council’s domestic abuse campaign, #NoClosedDoors2020, is spreading the message that restrictions imposed because of the pandemic may heighten tension and increase domestic abuse – for […]

Secondary age pupils required to wear face coverings on school transport

Somerset County Council now requires all secondary age pupils to wear face coverings on dedicated school transport with immediate effect, unless they are exempt.   Pupils are already required to wear face coverings in communal areas in secondary schools and this approach is being extended to all vehicles operating home to school transport.   These […]

#StayHomeForSomerset

As the nation is now under further national restrictions encouraging people to stay home, Somerset County Council’s Public Health leaders are asking everyone in the county to pull together to keep coronavirus at bay and support the #StayHomeForSomerset campaign. Somerset has seen coronavirus cases rising at a steady rate.  Although the local numbers seem comparatively […]

New walk-through coronavirus testing site opening

A brand new walk-through coronavirus testing facility is set to open in Bridgwater this Sunday, as Somerset County Council makes testing more widely available and accessible. Achieved with the co-operation of Bridgwater Town Council, Serco and Deloitte, the walk-through site at Bridgwater Town Hall will be the first of its kind in the County and […]

Have your say in Somerset Covid-19 Survey

A new survey has launched this week asking Somerset residents to have their say on how the Coronavirus pandemic is impacting on their lives. The purpose of the Somerset Covid-19 Survey is to understand the barriers people are facing adhering to the government guidance to stop the spread of the virus. Somerset Public Health team […]

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, […]

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 […]