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New guidance for the most vulnerable during new national restrictions

Article date - 05 November 2020

As clinically extremely vulnerable people receive further guidance to protect themselves from COVID-19, St Helens Borough Council is reminding residents that support is available through #StHelensTogether.
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To tackle the rising coronavirus cases and hospital admissions, the national Government restrictions between 5 November and 2 December are that everyone must stay at home as much as possible, and non-essential businesses must close.

People who are defined as clinically extremely vulnerable are at very high risk of severe illness from COVID-19. This group of people will receive a letter in the next week to confirm this. If you don’t receive a letter but think you should have, then talk to your GP or hospital clinician.

Adults with Downs syndrome and adults on dialysis or with chronic kidney disease (stage 5) have now also been added to the clinically extremely vulnerable list.

The guidance which clinically extremely vulnerable individuals are strongly urged to follow includes:

Like everyone, clinically extremely vulnerable individuals may meet up with one other person from outside their household or support bubble in an outdoor public place – but remain two metres apart.

There is a new online service that clinically extremely vulnerable people can use to register for support. Help is available in accessing priority supermarket delivery slots, and other forms of supermarket deliveries, in collecting and delivering medication and for those who need support to manage their wellbeing and mental health. If you are clinically extremely vulnerable and you need to register for support by telephone, or you have an urgent need, the St Helens Together helpline number 01744 676767 remains in operation 7 days a week from 8am – 10pm.

Councillor Anthony Burns, St Helens Borough Council’s cabinet member for public health, leisure, libraries and heritage, said: “It’s important that we all pull together and support vulnerable people in our community, whether they are family, friends or neighbours. We know these new restrictions will be really hard, so picking up prescriptions, food shopping or phoning to check-in and see how they are doing can make a huge difference and is a great help.

“It’s also key to continue to seek support from the NHS and other health professionals for your existing health conditions and new health concerns.”

Sue Forster, director of public health for St Helens Borough Council, said: “Schools remain open as evidence shows a very low risk of children becoming very unwell from COVID-19. If your child is identified as clinically extremely vulnerable via their GP or Specialist the school will arrange for them to study from home during national restrictions.

“It’s really important that if you are clinically extremely vulnerable and unable to rely on family, friends or other support networks during this time, you don’t suffer in silence and access the support available.”

Information, advice and support available: