COVID-19 updates from Director of Public Health Sheffield, Greg Fell
Regular video updates on Covid-19 from Director of Public Health Sheffield, Greg Fell.
Regular video updates on Covid-19 from Director of Public Health Sheffield, Greg Fell.
Sheffield City Council has launched a Covid Recovery Fund, which opened on 10th January to provide support for the city’s voluntary and community sector with needs that have arisen from Covid. We asked organisations to complete an expression of interest in October and November 2021 to tell us what their needs were as a result of the pandemic.
Testing is a vital part in our fight against Covid-19 and your help is needed to reduce its spread. If you have any of the following Covid-19 symptoms, however mild, you must self-isolate and get a PCR test as soon as you can. These are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, loss or change of sense of smell or taste. If you have tested positive from a lateral flow device (LFD), PCR tests are not needed. Please self-isolate as normal.
On Tuesday 21 December, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that a support package of grants will be available for businesses who have been impacted by the Omicron variant.
There are a number of clinics where you can get a vaccination against COVID-19 operating across Sheffield.
The council is facing a challenging financial position this coming year following the enormous demands placed on services during the Covid pandemic and wants to hear the public's thoughts on the budget proposals.
Last night the Government announced new measures in response to the rise in cases of the Omicron Covid variant. These measures, known as Plan B, mean that work from home guidance will be reintroduced in England, a Covid pass will be mandatory when entering nightclubs and other venues and face coverings will be mandatory for most indoor venues.
This week, families with children that are eligible for benefit related free school meals will receive a free £50 voucher to help cover the costs of food and energy over the winter holidays.
New Covid restrictions will be introduced from tomorrow in response to the emergence of the Omicron variant.
We are aware of the news coverage raising concerns about Sheffield Covid test results which were handled by the Immensa lab in Wolverhampton and has since been linked to a considerable number of inaccurate test results in the South of England. Dr Eleanor Rutter, Consultant in Public Health for Sheffield City Council has said: “This is a national issue that has been well publicised but has only affected a very small proportion of Sheffield’s tests. “The number of people identified as potentially having been given a false negative result in Sheffield is incredibly small. There is nothing to suggest this has had a significant impact on infection rates in the city. “Tests from the city are sent to many different labs across the country, and this particular lab only received a small percentage of them.”
Last week’s Poverty Summit saw the council, businesses, city organisations including voluntary, community and faith organisations and stakeholders meet to discuss and plan for what the financial impact of Covid will be on the city and its residents.
Sheffield’s Community Covid Bus is a one-stop place for all things Covid-related, travelling all over Sheffield to parks, schools, community events and vaccination clinics. Open to everyone, the bus has been taking Covid 19 information and guidance, LFD tests and more direct to the heart of communities across the city since it launched in June.
A statement has been made by Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council, Councillor Julie Grocutt in relation to Covid-19 booster jabs.
Ahead of the new autumn term starting, we have been supporting schools to get ready to welcome pupils, students, and staff back into the classroom safely.
As of today, Monday 16 August, people who are double jabbed or aged under 18 will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case.
We have published a new report of findings from our survey with Sheffield’s children and young people on their experiences of Coronavirus and life in lockdown.
Greg Fell, Director of Public Health for Sheffield said: “It’s not over yet, Covid is still here so please keep yourself safe. It is still infecting people across the city and it doesn’t care who it infects. We’re living more normally than we have been at any point in the last 18 months and in an ordinary day, each of us meets around 5 times more people than we did during lockdown. As a result we have seen a significant rise in cases over the last few weeks.
As most restrictions on social contact are lifted today, Sheffield City Council’s Director of Public Health is urging people to take it steady and continue to look out for each other.
The coronavirus pandemic has upended the lives of everyone in our city, and no more so than the lives of our children and young people. But we as a council, have stepped up to do the best by our children and make sure that in our covid-19 response we have put them first.
“We’ve lived with this pandemic now for over 18 months, following guidelines and showing huge resilience and determination to overcome Covid. Today we learnt that these restrictions will come to an end on 19 July...
Sheffield will be joining the country’s first ever national Thank You Day on Sunday 4 July.
The sold-out event will go ahead as part of phase 3 of the Government's Event Research Programme on the weekend of 23-25 July, at Hillsborough Park.
Cliffhanger is back on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th July, with all the action of the BMC British Bouldering championships across the weekend, and plenty more excitement for everyone to enjoy throughout the city centre.
Sheffield’s new Community Covid Bus launches this week as a one-stop place for all things Covid-related, including lateral flow tests for those without symptoms with results in 30 minutes.
It’s great that we can come together for the football and have something to celebrate but while you’re enjoying yourselves please make sure you stick to the guidelines and don’t trash the city!
The Government’s final stage of the roadmap out of lockdown planned for 21 June has been delayed until 19 July. All legal limits on social contact were due to be lifted in a week’s time, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that with the number of cases growing by 64 per cent per week and in some areas it is doubling, it’s better to be cautious and not move out of Step 4 until more people have had the Covid vaccine. He also talked about how the average number of people being admitted to hospital has increased by 50% per week on week and by 61 per cent in the North West with his main concern being that it’s possible that ‘the virus will outrun the vaccines and that thousands more deaths would ensue that could otherwise have been avoided.'
The Government’s roadmap out of lockdown moves onto a further stage on Monday 17 May as part of the country’s slow easing out of Covid restrictions. On Monday, we will see the opening of indoor hospitality including restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes. People will be able to meet indoors with up to 6 people or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble) and outdoor gatherings of up to 30 people are now allowed.
Contact tracing is a fundamental part of controlling the Covid-19 pandemic and in Sheffield we are one of the first councils in the UK to bring all Covid-19 contact tracing of positive cases in-house. We have recruited a team of tracers who work with residents who may have been exposed to the virus and we’ve seen a rapid rise in our track and trace success rate which now stands at 95% of all positive cases contact traced. The results of those who receive a positive diagnosis come straight to the council and we attempt to contact as many as possible of them within 7 hours.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Funeral will take place today, Saturday 17 April 2021 at 3pm in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The Funeral Service will begin with a National Minute’s Silence at 3pm. The service will be preceded by a ceremonial procession inside the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Everyone in England is now eligible for free, rapid Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests to continue the fight against Covid. They should be taken twice weekly and are for people who do not have symptoms.
Sheffield’s businesses reopened their doors this week in a welcome return to trading, with many people taking the opportunity to visit local shops, hairdressers, get back to the gym or outdoor sports and enjoy al fresco dining and drinks at their favourite restaurants and bars.
The Government’s roadmap out of lockdown moves on a further stage on Monday 12 April as part of the country’s slow easing out of Covid restrictions.
Our free community events, The Highland Fling and Weston May Fayre, will not go ahead this year in line with the Governments roadmap out of lockdown plans.
From Monday outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households will be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.
On 23rd March it will be a year since the announcement of the UK’s first Covid-19 lockdown and no-one imagined the dramatic impact this would have on our lives and the tragedy that the virus would bring. Next week we are marking its one-year anniversary by remembering those who we have lost, thanking people across the city for everything that they have done to protect others from the virus and showing our gratitude to those working in the NHS, the care sector and other frontline key worker roles who have shown true steel spirit.
Here at Sheffield City Council, we’re supporting schools as they prepare to welcome pupils back by putting systems in place to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and keep children, staff and their families safe.
We are pleased to launch a second round of the Community COVID-19 Response Fund.This short-term funding is designed to support the Voluntary and Community Sector in their work around preventing the spread of COVID-19, testing and outbreak management, supporting people to isolate and supporting Covid-19 vaccination uptake.
We need all visitors to our Household Waste Recycling Centres to respect staff and the guidelines in place, to prevent further delays and potential closures at sites.
Last night the Government laid out a four-step roadmap for how the country will slowly ease out of lockdown restrictions over coming months.
We want you to enjoy some exercise and fresh air this half term in our parks but please do so responsibly, sticking to the current Government rules and guidance.
We've been visiting shops and supermarkets across the city to make sure they are Covid-compliant and provide advice and support.
We're working with South Yorkshire Police and Fir Vale Community Hub to improve community issues in Page Hall. Last week we carried out a partnership day of action to address problems in the area.
Today marks a huge milestone for Sheffield and its older care home residents as all have now been offered the covid-19 vaccinated.
A rapid Covid testing centre for essential staff who work with vulnerable people will open next month. The centre, based at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EISS), will initially be for Council staff, private providers and third sector staff who do not have symptoms.
Greg Fell, Director of Public Health for Sheffield has said today: “We are working to support the NHS led vaccination programme by contributing our knowledge and logistical assistance as a council. We’re here to help the NHS make this programme a success. Whilst we continue to provide this support, we must stress that the national lead for the rollout of the Covid vaccination programme is the NHS.
Sheffield City Council will provide thousands of additional laptops to support children who are currently having to home school, without the devices to do so.
The recent grant scheme to support eligible businesses in the supply chain to hospitality, accommodation, leisure, and entertainment sectors has been extended and grant amounts have been increased.
We’ve written to all care homes to support them in continuing to provide safe visiting opportunities during this third national lockdown. We know how important visits are for supporting the health and wellbeing of people living in care homes and their relationships with friends and family so we’ve provided them with an overview of how this should work in Sheffield.
If you over-indulged on the alcohol front over Christmas and in the last few months, and are a bit worried about it, the message from the Sheffield Treatment and Recovery Team, provided by Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, is that there is plenty of help and advice available to you.
Sheffield’s Coronavirus Community Support Helpline has reached a major milestone after taking is 20,000th call since opening in March last year.
Take part in our online consultation about Sheffield's budget for 2021/22 by Tuesday 19 January. We have outlined our proposals and want to hear your views.
Bin collections will continue as normal during the six week lockdown period, and our 5 household waste recycling centres will remain open.
New restrictions are now in place affecting how businesses can operate, following the announcement of the national lockdown.
Sheffield City Council has written to all primary and special schools to advise them to reopen tomorrow (Monday 4 January 2021).
Sheffield taxi drivers are being encouraged to access free face coverings, hand sanitiser and gloves from Sheffield City Council to help them continue to operate safely over the festive period.
Today’s government announcement has confirmed that Sheffield will remain in tier 3, the ‘very high alert’ category. Greg Fell, Director of Public Health for Sheffield, said ‘Our figures were going down, but sadly, this is no longer the case, therefore I believe it’s the right decision for us to remain in tier 3.
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Proposals to overhaul cycling, walking and public transport infrastructure in Sheffield have launched today as plans for a city centre scheme are shared for public consultation.
The Government has announced today that Sheffield will come out of lockdown on 2 December and enter into the tier 3‘Very High’ alert category.
Businesses can access lots of advice and support as Sheffield moves to Tier 3 restrictions from next Wednesday 2 December.
A streamlined process has now been put in place for businesses to access the latest support grants for businesses who have been been affected by the second Coronavirus lockdown. Grants are available for both ratepaying and non-ratepaying businesses.
The Sheffield Mobile Testing Unit currently based at Milton Street Car Park in Broomhall is relocating to Parkside Road Car Park in Hillsborough on Tuesday 17 November until Monday 7 December for a period of 3 weeks.
Government have issued further clarification on which businesses can remain open during the new lockdown period, with restrictions in place until 2nd December.
Keep visiting Sheffield's parks and outdoor spaces during the national lockdown, but some facilities will not be available.
Businesses in Sheffield can now apply for a lockdown business support grant.
Sheffield Public Health Director, Greg Fell gives a statement on mass Covid testing.
England will enter a full lockdown on Thursday November 5 if approved by MPs on Wednesday. The measures will be introduced at 00:01 GMT on Thursday and remain in place until Wednesday 2 December.
We are thanking businesses across the city for their efforts in helping to tackle the spread of Covid-19 by continuing to follow Government regulations.
Information officers employed by Sheffield City Council are carrying out visits to businesses in Crystal Peaks, Hillsborough and London Road to offer advice and guidance on operating safely under Covid-19 regulations.
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Sheffield City Council is introducing a 4th Local Testing Centre in Upperthorpe to enable more people to get tested in our effort to combat the spread of the virus in our city.
A decision to insource our catering service once the current contract with external provider Argent expires has been made in a bid to save jobs.
Payments of £500 will be available for Sheffield residents who have been notified by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate, providing that their period of self isolation started on or after 28th September 2020
Sheffield City Council has pledged to support thousands of children and young people with free school meals during the half-term week.
Sheffield, along with Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham will move into the ‘Very High’ alert category from 00:01am on Saturday 24 October.
Fines have been issued to several takeaways in Sheffield for failing to adhere to Government restrictions.
New restrictions for Sheffield have been announced by the Government in a move to further prevent the spread of the virus across the city.
Sheffield has been added to the 'High' category following the Government new three-tier scheme. We explain what restrictions are now in place for people in Sheffield.
New restrictions for Sheffield are expected to be announced by the Government in the coming days. The move is expected as Sheffield’s latest Covid-19 rate to 4th October shows a consistent rise as cases reaches more than 300 per 100,000 people in the population.
Local sports and community groups are celebrating the re-opening of the 3G pitch at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park after a six-month Covid closure.
A new kerb lined with planters and a fully accessible, step-free pavement have been installed on Pinstone Street as works to upgrade temporary social distancing measures are completed.
The Government has designated Sheffield as an area of ‘enhanced support’. Being named an area of ‘enhanced support’ means that Sheffield is now on the second rung of a three-step ladder on the Government's 'watchlist', and we are in line to receive extra support to help us reduce the number of cases in our city.
A third local testing centre will shortly be opening in the city. Based at Gower Street Car Park in Burngreave, the new unit will be open from Wednesday 30 September.
To help control infection rate in Sheffield we are working with businesses across the city to make sure they are covid-secure and will be carrying out spot checks across a range of sectors.
The Sheffield Mobile Testing Centre currently based at Olympic Legacy Park is relocating to Milton Street Car Park in Broomhall. The site will be open at its new location on Tuesday 29 September.
Sheffield City Council has issued prohibition notices to four pubs and a takeaway in the city following breaches of COVID-19 rules over the weekend of 19th and 20th September.
The NHS test and trace national booking system is reaching capacity. This is due to laboratory testing reaching national capacity on the day. If you have COVID-19 symptoms and you need to book a test, please continue to do so. However, you may experience a delay in being able to book a test using the national system. If you can’t get a test on the day, please try again later or try the next day. Please listen to the guidance you are provided at the point of arranging a booking. Testing remains a vital part in our fight against the spread of Covid-19 in our city and to help reduce the rate of people contracting the virus.
A statement has been made by our Director Public Health at Sheffield City Council, Greg Fell in relation to the news released from the Department of Health and Social Care that Sheffield is on the watchlist and as such has been designated as an ‘area of concern’. This news may have given rise to concern and we want to reassure the public of what this means for our city.
Potential funding for voluntary, community and faith organisations who have helped others during the Covid-19 response.
A new Covid-19 local testing centre will be opening in Darnall next week, to make testing easier and more accessible in the city.
Don't be taken in by hoax messages about schools testing children for Coronavirus.
Sheffield’s Covid-19 Prevention and Management Board held its first public briefing and Q&A session on Friday 28 August 2020.
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Sheffield City Council outlines the continued support being provided to care homes in the city.
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