HICovid19 digest (21 Jan 21)

At the time of the last digest just before Xmas we were noting the rapid rise of the cumulative seven day infection rate in Histon & Impington to 17. Today we can note that it’s come down from a high of 80 to 55. The situation got worse very quickly, it’ll take some time for it to get better again and we’ve got to show lots of patience.

Sadly the death rate has also gone up and in the last seven days five people have died of Covid in South Cambs. However this itself is down from a peak of 14.

Fortunately the vaccine news is good with slots now being offered to people in the top four priority categories. We can expect the pressures on the NHS to lessen but that will still take time.

It will be some time before there can be any significant relaxation of the lockdown rules and in the meantime it’s essential that we all show patience and observe the rules. These allow us to get out into the fresh air and that’s a good thing but if we’re with someone from another household please remember that the 2m rule still applies.

Please remember ‘hands, face and space’. And do a little more if you think that’s right.

The HICovid19 response team continues to meet weekly, the network of street coordinators is alert and is responding when extra support is needed. And there are specific lines of support for prescriptions, food, transport and mental well-being. Well done and thank you to all of you who continue to provide support to family, friends and neighbours. To re-emphasise the support which is available to the community a card is being delivered with a comprehensive list of contacts for specific issues.

At the moment there’s a limit to what can happen on the High Street but we continue to note the excellent services being offered by our food stores, pharmacies and take-aways. Please continue to give them your custom but remember to follow the rules: hands, face and space!

Finally: HI Friends (hifriends.org.uk) is active helping people and families with mental well-being:

  • There’s a virtual drop in for parents of pre-school and early years primary school children
  • An online support course ‘Dealing with anxiety during Covid’ for parents will run Mondays 1 and 8 Feb 21 at 7.30pm.

Register for these with emma@hifriends.org.uk. There’s more information about them and other HI Friends initiatives on the HI Friends website.

If anyone does need any help for any reason they should contact their street co-ordinator or call the HICOVID19 helpline on 01223 320420.

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