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Covid-19 – latest West Berkshire Council Information

We’re working hard to continue delivering services throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and to support our residents – and in particular those who most need our help.

On our website you will find information about where to find support as well as details of any changes we’ve had to make to services.

You can also keep in touch with us online, and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

Local Outbreak Control Plan published

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This week we published our Local Outbreak Control Plan setting out how we aim to prevent and control any local outbreaks of COVID-19.
This is a very important part of the next stage of the response to COVID-19 recognising that the virus will be with us until a vaccine and or better treatment is available
The Plan details the roles and responsibilities of prevention and management of COVID-19.
As part of the Plan, we’re urging residents to keep up to date with local news by following our social media channels and signing up to this newsletter. If you’re able to share this newsletter and encourage your friends and family to sign up to it, this will help to keep people safe in the event of a local outbreak.
Residents can also play a key part by self-isolating and booking a COVID-19 test if they are suffering symptoms.
Watch a video of what happens at a regional drive in test site such as the one at Newbury Showground.
See a summary of the plans, further information and FAQ’s.

Covid-19: local cases data

There have been seven cases of Covid-19 in West Berkshire this week (27th July to 2nd August).  
On our website you will find a dashboard providing more data for the district including the total number cases since 7 March and the number of cases in your area. 
Visit our website to view more data.

Thank you to our local heroes

Covid-19 Volunteers

The West Berkshire Community Support Hub would like to thank the 90 community and volunteer groups it has been working closely with to support residents during the coronavirus lockdown. The Community Support Hub has been linking individuals in need to the services available from these groups, who represent nearly 3,000 volunteers across the district.

Although shielding has come to an end our Community Support Hub is still working to support people in desperate need of help, and to support and consult with the wonderful volunteers and community action groups that are helping vulnerable people in their local areas.

Read our thank you to the volunteers here.

Supporting your recovery after Covid-19

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A new NHS ‘Your Covid Recovery’ website provides support for those recovering from Covid-19 at home, helping them to understand what has happened as a result of the virus, and what they might expect as part of their recovery.

Do you #ShopLocal?


We’re supporting our high streets by getting behind a new #ShopLocal campaign.

The new Government initiative, which launches on Monday, encourages people to pop out to their favourite greengrocer, bakery or florist, or any other local shop, to support these stores and see how businesses are safely welcoming customers back.

You can take part in the campaign by:

  1. Checking the guidelines and following #EnjoySummerSafely to help you find other ways to enjoy summer safely.
  1. Telling us about your visit/s on social media, using the hashtag #ShopLocal and tagging @WestBerkshire. 
  2. Tagging your local favourite shops and tell them about the campaign.

Throughout Covid-19 we’ve been supporting our local businesses, distributing business grants and providing advice and support to help businesses open. You can find more about our support for businesses online.

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