Updates around Coronavirus, for the sector.

Test and Trace Support Payments

Cornwall Council has launched Test and Trace Support Payments, for those who are receiving certain benefits, and are told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, and are unable to work from home.

The application form is now live on the Cornwall Council website www.cornwall.gov.uk/testandtracesupport and applications can be backdated to 28 September 2020.  Anyone who can’t apply online should call us on 0300 1234 121 (option 5). 

Three tier alert system

With the announcements on Monday about the three tier local alert levels, the rules have changed again. In Cornwall, the rules haven’t actually changed, as we are still in the lowest risk category, across the country.

Cornwall is at Local COVID alert level Medium – Level 1

This means:

  • you must not socialise in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors (other than where a legal exemption applies)
  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law
  • certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am
  • businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • schools and universities remain open
  • places of worship remain open, subject to the rule of 6
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees
  • exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors, or indoors if the rule of 6 is followed

You must:

You should continue to:

  • follow social distancing rules
  • work from home where you can effectively do so
  • when travelling, plan ahead or avoid busy times and routes. Walk or cycle if you can

Find out more about the measures that apply in medium alert level areas to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

You can find out what the other levels of restriction are on the Government’s website.

Cornwall COVID figures

You can find the latest COVID figures for Cornwall on the Government’s website here. Looking at the cases per 100,000 population, Cornwall is still in the bottom 10-or-so of Local Authorities in the UK, which is great. But we still need to be careful.

New medical advice around Coronavirus

Reuters has published a round-up of new medical information that has emerged from researchers around COVID-19 and the coronavirus. You can read the full article here, but the highlights are:

  • Breathing with face masks does not affect the lungs, giving no limit to the flow of oxygen, even in people with sever lung disease
  • The coronavirus survives 9 hours on human skin, unless disrupted (eg by washing or using hand sanitiser)
  • Obstructive sleep apnoea linked with worse COVID-19
  • Infrared thermometers may be inaccurate in adults