Wiltshire Council – Latest advice on Covid and more

Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 casesThe number of cases in Wiltshire continues to be below the national average and has fallen slightly this week.

The rate of cases per 100,000 has decreased from 17.4 to 15.2Please continue to play your part to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19

Get a PCR test as soon as possible if you have any of these symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

You and anyone you live with should stay at home until you get your test result. Only leave your home to take a test.

Anyone in your childcare or support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.

Free testing continues to be available to everyone who has COVID-19 symptoms, and people who show symptoms must book a test online or call 119.
If you do not have symptoms of COVID-19

Anyone can now get regular rapid lateral flow tests without having symptoms. About one in three people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. Getting regular tests is the only way to know if you have the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.

Find out more about rapid COVID-19 testing including where you can get tested or collect lateral flow test kits to use at home on our website.

Elections update – electorate confirmed

The Wiltshire electorate has been confirmed for the upcoming elections on 6 May.

In total, 381,454 people from the Wiltshire Council area are registered to have their say in the upcoming unitary, town and parish, and Police and Crime Commissioner elections – all which take place on 6 May. There are also a number of neighbourhood plan referendums.

Of the total electorate, 70,733 are registered to vote by post. If you want to appoint someone to vote on your behalf (a proxy) you need to complete an application form that must be received by the Returning Officer by 5pm on 27 April. Forms can be scanned and emailed to or posted to County Hall, Trowbridge. More information can be found online.

Postal vote packs are currently being sent out to people who have applied to vote by post. Please post these back as soon as possible when you have received them, rather than wait until polling day and attending the polling station to hand them in.

A list of candidates can be found on our election pages:

For information on candidates standing in the PCC election:

Measures will be in place at the polling stations to keep you as safe as possible while you vote, including hand sanitiser available, one way system, protective screens at the check-in desk. Please also to remember to bring your own pen or pencil to vote and a mask (unless you’re exempt).

Find out more about the May 2021 Elections
Help end child poverty

A new campaign called Full Time Meals has been launched by Marcus Rashford, Tom Kerridge and the Child Food Poverty Taskforce.

A key part of this is encouraging families to come together and cook. There will be weekly recipe cards and videos available online, one for each week over the coming year and they will be available on the End Child Food Poverty website, as well as Facebook and Instagram.

The campaign will also be raising awareness of the Healthy Start Vouchers Scheme.

More information on Full Time Meals
Parents and carers asked to share their experiences of health visiting and children’s centre services

We want to hear from parents and carers to ensure health services and children centre services in Wiltshire continue to meet the needs of families into the future.

If you’re a parent of 0 – 5 year old children, please complete a survey asking questions about what works well, what needs improving and how you would like to be contacted and supported by these services.

Currently, Virgin Care provides health visiting services and The Rise Trust and Spurgeon’s provide children’s centre services with contracts that both end at the same time in 2023.

More information and to have your say
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