Essential workers – please complete childcare survey now
Some schools in Cumbria will stay open to provide childcare for children whose parents work in health or social care or emergency services and can’t make alternative arrangements.

If you are in this category and do not have childcare available from next week, please fill in this survey now.

Everyone must follow social distancing guidance
Social distancing will help reduce the spread of coronavirus. Everyone should follow this guidance to help protect older people and vulnerable people.

It advises on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). It is intended for use in situations where people are living in their own homes, with or without additional support from friends, family and carers.

Council restricts visitors to its care homes
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Cumbria Care, the county council’s in-house care provider, is restricting visitors to its 23 Residential Care homes in response to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic.

Pam Duke, Assistant Director for Provider Services, said: “Due to the majority of the residents within our homes falling within the high risk category we are asking people to not visit their relatives and friends over the next few weeks. We are already restricting all other people entering our homes and allowing only essential staff such as District Nurses, Social Workers and only critical contractors in order to keep our homes safe.”

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Stay at home if you have symptoms of coronavis illness
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

new continuous cough and/or
high temperature
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

Advice about staying at home.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – 5 things you can do to protect yourself and your community
The UK has well-established plans to deal with outbreaks of infectious disease and everyone can play an important role in making these plans work, slowing down the spread of coronavirus.

There are some simple and effective actions everyone can take to protect themselves and their wider community:

Wash your hands frequently and catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue.
Be prepared to self-isolate.
Plan ahead based on your situation.
Use health services wisely.
Stay up to date using trusted sources of information.
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The UK Government and the NHS will keep people informed of new advice and developments. Please check the following sources of advice frequently:

The UK coronavirus (COVID-19) page will keep you in touch with how the Government is responding.
The NHS coronavirus (COVID-19) page includes a wide range of health-related information.
Follow Public Health England or The Department of Health and Social Care on Twitter for regular updates.
Catch it, bin it, kill it
bin it
You can help stop the spread of germs and viruses.

Germs can live on some surfaces for hours. To protect yourself and others:

Always carry tissues with you and use them
to catch your cough or sneeze.
Bin the tissue and, to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel.
This is the best way to slow the spread of almost any germs.