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Coronavirus updates #HereForSwansea

Get help on www.swansea.gov.uk/coronavirushelp  Staff updates coronavirus 2020

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This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Thursday 4 June 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Keeping our traffic moving

Our highways teams are continuing their efforts to keep the city on the move and have been carrying out hundreds of road repairs since the start of the lockdown.

Major projects like the £750,000 Broadway interchange and the £250,000 Loughor Bridge refurbishment have re-started and more than 530 essential repairs have been completed, including the £80,000 re-surfacing of the A483 between Jct 47 of the M4 and the Cadle roundabout.

Even though there is less traffic than normal our highways team is still there for Swansea. They have been out there checking for defects and ordering in emergency repairs where necessary to ensure those who need to use the roads can do so safely.

 

Recycling update

Our city's recycling centres have extended the range of materials they'll accept from today.

All five centres will be back to a near normal service in terms of the recycling materials residents can bring to the recycling centres.

Black bags and other non-recyclable waste will not be accepted at any site and the Tip Treasures shop at Llansamlet will remain closed for the time being.

Before setting out on a visit, please check this website to find out what recycling materials the centre will take: www.swansea.gov.uk/recyclingcentres

 

Services for adults and carers

More than 2,100 people needing advice and information about adult social care have been helped in Swansea since the coronavirus began.

Throughout the pandemic the team at Swansea Council's Common Access Point for Health and Social Care has continued to ensure people receive the right support at the right time by the right person.

Team members talk to people about their situation and provide information, advice and signposting. There is also a Multi-Disciplinary Team with qualified staff that sit in CAP. The team work with all rapid response referrals.

They can be contacted via email at cap@swansea.gov.uk

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak they are experiencing an unprecedented volume of calls. In light of this increased demand and to make sure they can respond to all emergency enquiries straight away, unless a call relates to significant risk of harm, people are asked to use the email if they have online access and a member of the team will contact them as soon as they can.

If you do need to speak to someone urgently, CAP can be reached by telephone on 01792 636519.

Further details on the service are available at www.swansea.gov.uk/commonaccesspoint

 

Leisure centres kept in prime condition through coronavirus crisis

Swansea's popular leisure centres, including the LC, are in good hands during the lockdown.

The facilities, managed byFreedom Leisure for Swansea Council, are being kept in prime condition thanks to ongoing work by Freedom staff.

They include facilities at Bishopston, Cefn Hengoed, Elba, Morriston, Penlan and Penyrheol. All, like the LC, are temporarily closed in line with government restrictions.

Nic Beggs, area manager for Freedom Leisure, said: "We're keeping the LC and other Swansea leisure centres in excellent condition in readiness for the future when it's safe to reopen to the public."

 

Schools update

We have already been working closely with schools and other partners to plan for a safe re-opening of schools in Swansea.

Now that the Minister has announced the Welsh Government's intentions we will continue work to finalise our arrangements and, when ready, schools will be contacting parents and carers directly.

We will also be publicising our plans and will have a helpline available for parents and carers well before the planned opening date. We will have consistent guidelines and will be using these once they are received from Welsh Government.

We will also be sharing further guidance from the Welsh Government on managing facilities and logistical arrangements.

 

NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect

We're working with Swansea Bay University Health Board and Neath Port Talbot Council to provide a Covid-19 testing and contact tracing service for the region in support of the Welsh Government's Test, Trace, Protect strategy,

The service started on 1 June, and is concentrating mainly on key workers and care homes initially.

If you are a critical worker, and have symptoms of COVID-19, please visit the health board's webpage to find out what to do next: sbuhb.nhs.wales/latest-health-advice/coronavirus/test-trace-protect/


Staff

As more services begin to reopen, and limited numbers of staff start to return to our buildings it is vital that we maintain focus on some key points to keep ourselves and others safe and prevent the spread of the virus wherever possible. 

We must continue to maintain social distancing, good hygiene and follow the risk assessment control measures in-place. We should only conduct face to face visits and meetings where there is no alternative and arrangements are in-place to socially distance to protect people.

There is further information on here: www.swansea.gov.uk/staffupdate4June

Previous statements issued by the council about service provision can be found here.


If you are concerned you may have coronavirus you can check your symptoms using NHS Direct Wales symptom checker.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Symptom Checker from NHS Direct Wales

If you do have symptoms of coronavirus please follow the advice on Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus from Welsh GovernmentOpens new window

You should only contact 111 if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days.

COVID-19 BSL Video from Public Health Wales

Coronavirus BSL video transcript

There are more BSL guides available on Public Health Wales Youtube account. These include guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection, social distancing and shielding.

Learning Disability WalesOpens new window has useful resources about Coronavirus (COVID-19), including easy read guides.

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