COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

Long Melford Parish Council is monitoring the information issued by the relevant authorities to ensure that its response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic remains in line with national guidance and is as effective as possible.

Please note that, in accordance with Government guidance and legislation, the Council has had to take the following action:
● Cancelling all of its physical meetings. However, the Council is holding meetings remotely.
● Closing the Parish Offices to the public. The Council is continuing to conduct its business, however, and can be contacted on Tel.: 01787 378084 / Email: clerk@longmelford-pc.gov.uk .
● Closing the public toilets at Cordell Road and Top Green. (The public toilets at Melford Country Park are open).
● Not convening the Annual Parish Assembly during 2020. More infomation about this can be found here.

The Council can advise that Melford Country Park remains open so that members of the public can use it for recreational and leisure activities, including taking exercise and dog walking.

The Council can also advise that in accordance with Government guidance, certain restrictions apply to people wishing to attend a funeral in Long Melford Burial Ground. Details of those restrictions, which remain under continual review, can be found here.

When visiting Melford County Park or the Burial Ground, please remember that the requirements regarding social distancing apply and stay at least two metres away from anyone else that isn’t from your household. Members of the public who have been diagnosed with or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, or who live with someone who has symptoms, must not enter the Country Park or Burial Ground. Detailed guidance from the NHS regarding self-isolation can be found here.

MEASURES TAKEN IN LONG MELFORD REGARDING THE COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
During the coronavirus crisis the Parish Council’s overriding focus will be the protection of the local community, its employees and members. The Council has liaised with various organisations to determine how people affected by the coronavirus, especially the vulnerable, might best be supported.

If you are in a lower risk group (under 70 years and healthy), as well as taking the usual precautions we encourage you to look out for your immediate neighbours, especially those who are elderly or vulnerable. This may involve phoning periodically, or helping with shopping, prescriptions, walking dogs, putting out bins and so on.

If you are in the higher risk group (over 70 years or with underlying health issues), it’s possible that you will need to self-isolate for a significant period of time. If for any reason you cannot get adequate support from neighbours, friends and family, the organisations listed below can offer additional support, or put you in contact with someone who can. Local radio may also be an important way to keep connected and to receive information.

If you become unwell the current NHS advice is to self-isolate for 7 days if you develop a high temperature, lose your sense of taste or smell, or develop a new persistent cough.
If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition deteriorates, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then contact the NHS 111 online coronavirus service on the internet or dial 111. In an emergency dial 999 as usual. Please keep abreast of news as this advice may change.

If you need help with shopping, prescriptions, lifts to essential appointments or other support please consider contacting one of the following:
LM Volunteer Co-Ordinator Nicola Stone            07851 959389
Long Melford Good Neighbours Scheme               07504 249179
GoStart Community Transport                                 01787 242116
* For anyone wanting to volunteer, please contact Cllr. John Nunn on 07792 357039

If needed, the following are able to help with shopping requests:
Budgens – will deliver locally                                    01787 377766
Willow Tree Farm Shop – will deliver locally      01787 280341
Long Melford Co-Op – will pack for collection    01787 379821
(Deliveries from the Co-Op can be arranged via GoStart Community Transport – Tel. 01787 242116

The following organisations are also available to help:
Holy Trinity Church – Rev’d. Matthew Lawson   01787 310845
United Reformed Church – Ronia Deeks                01787 375643
Primary School (school times only)                        01787 379929
Neighbourhood Watch – Stuart Finch                    07967 472488
Babergh District Council – Cllr. Liz Malvisi          07891 018162
Suffolk County Council – Cllr. Richard Kemp       07545 423812
Home But Not Alone Scheme                                    0800 876 6926
National Domestic Violence Helpline                     0808 200 0247
First Response Mental Health Help Helpline       0808 196 3494

GENERAL COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS ADVICE
Symptoms
Some people who contract COVID-19 are asymtomatic – that is to say they don’t experience any symptoms and will be unaware that they are infected unless they are tested. They can still infect others, however, with potentially serious consequences for those to whom they pass the virus.

Most people contracting COVID-19 will experience mild to severe symptoms. Older adults and people who have severe underlying health problems like heart disease, lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk of developing more serious complications due to coronavirus illness. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

The most commonly reported symptoms are:
● A high temperature, and/or
● A new continuous cough, and/or
● A new loss of smell or taste, and/or
● Tiredness

Less common symptoms include:
● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
● Chest pain
● Aches and pains
● A sore throat
● Diarrhoea
● Conjunctivitis
● Headaches
● A skin rash, or discolouration of the fingers or toes

Other reported symptoms include nausea and vomiting.
A very small number of children have been affected by an inflammatory disease linked to coronavirus, which in some cases can can cause serious complications requiring intensive care. The symptoms resemble Kawasaki Disease, including a high fever, rash, red eyes, swelling and general pain.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE, VISIT:
NHS Coronavirus advice
Suffolk County Council: Home But Not Alone Scheme
Coronavirus support for people with dementia
Coronavirus support for people with cancer
Suffolk Mind – Resources for children, parents and carers
OneLife Suffolk – Helping local people live healthier lives
Sudbury & District Citizens Advice
National Domestic Abuse Helpline
Coronavirus advice from Which?
Babegh District Council: Bin collections during COVID-19
Suffolk County Council: Trading Standards – Coronavirus scams & non-compliant businesses
Suffolk Police