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Coronavirus 2020

COVID-19 In Bedford; What You Need to Know

What is the infection rate in Bedford?

Bedford’s coronavirus count has unfortunately risen within the past few weeks. The district has reported an additional 10 cases since September 8th; a total of 1,474 people have now been diagnosed with the deadly disease in Bedford. The region of Central Bedfordshire has two new cases, equalling 1,388 reports. Luton now has five, with a new total of 1,783 confirmed infections. Thankfully, none of Bedfordshire’s most recent virus victims have died.

With virus levels remaining high in the Bedford Borough, residents are urging eachother to continue following Government guidelines and self-isolate if necessary. It is imperative that people stick to the 2 metre social distancing rule and avoid meeting with others from different households.

How is the Bedford council tackling the spread?

Bedford Borough Council recently released a plan that outlines the methods they will follow to minimise the spread of COVID-19. They indicate that they will work with communities and partners to prevent and respond to local issues and situations related to the coronavirus.

Furthermore, the council is reminding citizens that face coverings are now mandatory in all public spaces including shopping centres, supermarkets and public transport. 

Care Homes

  • All care homes have been offered training
  • A detailed local tracker has been developed to ensure that there is a comprehensive picture of
  • the position of care providers and importantly the support they require.
  • At a minimum, each provider is contacted 1-2 times per week and more often if required. Providers will be frequently sent guidance and wellbeing information.
  • A clinical lead has been identified for each Care Home in Bedford and they provide general
  • support with a weekly inspection in each home.
  • All care homes and residential living settings are able to receive whole home testing.
  • The council has been supporting care providers with emergency requirements for
  • PPE if they have not been able to procure through their normal routes.

Schools

  • All schools need to have completed risk assessments before opening, which highlight measures that the schools have taken to prevent the transmission of COVID-19
  • Schools have been asked to report suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 in pupils or staff members to the council using an online form.
  • Develop training materials for educational settings and parents.
  • Guidance and advice for further educational premises to prevent transmission.

Workplaces

  • The Public Health Team have developed a suite of guidance documents for workplaces. One document is targeted at employers in preparation for the workforce complying with guidance and another document is targeted at the health and wellbeing of employees.
  • The local authority has established a COVID-19 Infection Control Team, led by Environmental Health to promote safe working practices, deal with complaints and respond to reports of cases and outbreaks in local workplaces in the Bedford Borough.
  • The Environmental Health Team have developed an infection control checklist in the event of an outbreak.

A copy of the ‘Local Outbreak Control Plan’ is available online and lists all of the key factors regarding the illness.

Keeping yourself safe during these incredibly worrying times is vital. It is currently against the law for gatherings of more than 6 people to take place in private homes or in a public outdoor space unless planned by an organisation in compliance with COVID-19 Secure guidance. Businesses and venues following COVID-19 Secure guidelines can host larger groups provided they comply with the law.

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