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Testing for Covid-19
Ensuring the safety of our staff is a priority for us as an organisation during the Covid-19 outbreak. To support this, the NHS have quickly developed a local process for staff or household members who need Covid-19 (coronavirus) testing. This service commenced on Friday 3rd April 2020 for NHS staff and is now being rolled out to priority areas within Local Authorities.
Testing will be rolled out on a phased basis, initially to priority areas as agreed by Directors and this will initially focus on health and social care.
We are following the national criteria to help identify staff or household members eligible for testing as follows:
- The staff member who has Covid-19 symptoms
- The staff member is self-isolating due to a household member(s) (over the age of 2 years) having symptoms of Covid-19. In this instance it is the household member(s) displaying the most acute symptoms of Covid-19 who should be tested, rather than the staff member themselves.
To maximise the accuracy of the Covid-19 test, the individual with Covid-19 symptoms should be ideally tested within 1-3 days and up to a maximum of 5 days of the on-set of symptoms.
Details of how to arrange a test will be shared early next week.
Ode to joy on top of Theatre Severn – Friday 17 April at 17:40
Shropshire Music Service will feature on Radio Shropshire today at around 17:40. There are four trumpeters performing a rendition of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” from the roof of Theatre Severn as part of a virtual performance organised by the National Youth Orchestra. (In compliance with social distancing rules)
There will be singers and musicians performing from their doorsteps all over the country at 17:00 and it is hoped the trumpeters will be heard for quite a distance!
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Centralised Emergency Team
A central service has been established to manage emergency requests for PPE. This service is a county wide offering in collaboration with NHS and other Local Authority colleagues. Initially, the service is for care homes, GP’s, Personal Assistant’s and other people or organisations providing care. It is being operated by our very own customer service centre with other parts of the authority adding their expertise to make this happen.
A big thank you to all involved, this has been turned around extremely quickly – a particular thank you to the Infrastructure and Architecture data and Business Analysts teams who produced a range of technical solutions to assist the service in a matter of days – an amazing effort.
Additional funds for care providers
Shropshire Council has given care providers additional financial support to help cover the costs of essential resources during the coronavirus crisis. Care providers across the county are incurring significant additional costs in relation to the purchasing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), agency staff, funding for staff who are unable to work, and other financial challenges. The council will provide an additional 10% on top of the existing contractual payments for each provider, to help meet their additional financial demands.