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Together We're Better Stakeholder Update 6 July 2020

Face masks and coverings have been in the news again this week, with more evidence emerging about their effectiveness in helping to stop the spread of the virus. In the UK, around 23% of the public use face coverings when out and about, which is far lower than other countries. Even in the USA, where there is divided opinion regarding face masks, the number of people wearing them is at about 63%.

Beware of the latest Track and Trace Phone Scam

If you're contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service, you will NOT be asked to provide any passwords, bank account details or pin numbers.  If in doubt hang up the phone! 

‘Good morning, I'm calling from the NHS track and trace service. According to our system, you are likely to have been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This means that you now need to self-isolate for 7 days and take a COVID-19 test.'

'OK. Can you tell me who that person was?'

Fans are encouraged to show domestic abuse the red card with the return of football this week

Cannock Chase Council is urging football fans to ‘show domestic abuse the red card’ during the football season which will be watched by many at home. 

Research shows that incidents of domestic abuse rise sharply during major football tournaments by up to 25 per cent.

With the first football game kicking off this week, people will be watching the games from their homes due to the pandemic. This again could increase tensions within households, resulting in incidences of domestic abuse.

NHS Track and Trace Service Launched

The NHS test and trace service will help to control the rate of reproduction (R), reduce the spread of the infection and save lives. By playing your part through the actions set out below, you will directly help to contain the virus by reducing its spread. This means that, thanks to your efforts, we will be able to go as far as it is safe to go in easing lockdown measures.

You can help in the following ways:

Pharmacy Support in Cheadle

During the current pandemic, the demand on local pharmacies has been huge, particularly in the early days. Recognising this, Staffordshire County Council asked Support Staffordshire to identify local voluntary and community groups which would be able to help out specific pharmacies where they needed volunteers to take medication to people’s homes or to help support people queueing outside their shops. 

Lifting Covid-19 restrictions in rural areas – some cursory thoughts

Over the bank holiday weekend, the government outlined a phased plan for lifting Covid-19 restrictions, conditional on the rate of the virus being reproduced (‘R’ value) falling to acceptable levels. Phillip Vincent, ACRE’s Public Relations and Communications Manager, outlines some cursory thoughts on what this means for rural communities across England.

Friends Against Scams

National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team launched a new initiative last week called Businesses Against Scams (BAS).

It is a simple toolkit that businesses can use to help train their employees on how to spot certain types of scams that are more prevalent within businesses due to the current pandemic sweeping the UK. 

The initiative provides free online training modules that will help staff identify and prevent potential scams.