Covid-19 cases and rates
The current weekly rate per 100,000 people in Wokingham Borough sits at 486.2 (reported up to 10 January 2021).
All of the latest stats can be found on the Covid-19 Dashboard.
The rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine is being delivered by the NHS Primary Care Networks (PCNs). We are not responsible for running the vaccination programme, though we are offering support in any practical way we can.
There are four Primary Care Network sites across the Borough (in North, South and East Wokingham, and Earley+) that are up, running and vaccinating people.
The PCNs are asking people not to contact their GP directly about this, as they are busy with their regular work and vaccinations.
The NHS will contact you when it’s your turn to have it.
We appreciate residents’ anxiety on the matter and we will seek to provide updates on vaccinations when we can.
However, we do we need to be careful about sharing information about sites in case people turn up when they are not scheduled to attend, or they are not in the prioritised cohorts.
Garden waste collections restarted yesterday (14 January) following a short temporary suspension due to the impact of Covid-19.
Over 40 per cent of staff at our borough’s waste collection contractor Veolia were off due to the impact of Covid-19, with a small number of positive cases and most of the rest having to self-isolate.
As a result of this, Veolia had to temporarily suspend the garden waste service on Monday (11 January) in order to protect the essential kerbside collections of recycling, food and general waste.
Additional staff are now in plan and Veolia were able to restart garden waste collections.
Residents due for collection from today onwards should put their garden waste out for collection as normal.
Residents who were not collected between Monday and Wednesday (11-13 January) due to the suspension should leave their bins out on Saturday (16 January) when they will be collected.
Additional collections are being put on to catch up on what has been missed.
Garden waste collections should return to the normal days from Monday (18 January).
If there is further disruption, we will provide updates to residents.
Adult social care day services
With the Government advice that vulnerable people should not be leaving home, the council has now recommended the closure of all adult day services (except for a small minority of people, in order to protect customers, families and staff).
We recognise that for some people day centres are a lifeline but also that the population who use Day Centres are vulnerable to harm from Covid.
The advice from public health is that Day Centre services should only be open to people where the benefit of attending outweighs the risk of being there, this is likely a small minority of people.
Adults Social Care team will complete a full risk assessment of all customers’ needs and we discuss the alternative options available (including access to Zoom meetings and an out and about services)
Covid-19 Information meeting reminder
Our first Covid Community Information Champions meeting will take place on Monday 18 January from 7pm to 8.30pm via Microsoft Teams.
This session, which will be chaired by executive member for health, well-being and adult social care Cllr Charles Margetts, will be a chance for you to hear from a range of speakers, covering the following topics:
There will also be an opportunity to submit questions and ideas via the Team Chat function.
This will give you the chance to provide feedback on the situation in your local areas and raise any specific concerns you have about locations where social distancing is not taking place or other Covid restrictions are being ignored.
A full agenda and joining instructions will be shared on Monday morning.
Please note, this session is for WBC elected members and people who have signed up to be Covid Community Information Champions only. However, the purpose of the meeting is to provide attendees with accurate information that they can disseminate to the wider public.
Social distancing signage
New signage to help enforce social distancing and other Covid-19 rules and guidance is being produced and will be rolled out across the borough.
The signage is delivering harder hitting messages to residents about the importance of keeping to the rules and will be displayed at key locations such as town centres and parks/play areas.