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Coronavirus 16 April 2020 - 2.30pm general update

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Thursday 16 April 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Swansea Bay Field Hospital

The transformation of a 1950s industrial unit into a superb 2020 hospital is on track. The former motor plant factory is being transformed into the Bay Field Hospital with more than 1,000 extra beds to help the NHS fight Coronavirus.

Working with contractors Kier and TRJ, we've got- at maximum capacity - more than 200 skilled tradespeople working on the project. The aim is to have an initial 500 extra beds in place within two weeks to meet the anticipated demand at that time and then a further 500-plus beds will be in place within the following weeks.

As well as the areas for beds, there will be rest areas for the nursing staff, toilets, changing areas and catering areas to serve staff and patients.

The outer shell of the building remains, but the contractors' work will create a modern and suitable hospital setting.

 

Social care

We've received almost 70 external applications so far in response to an appeal to recruit paid carers to help support older and vulnerable people in their communities.

We're especially interested in returners - those who've experience of the care sector as residential or domiciliary care workers and would be willing to come back to the sector - who could help out.

But the appeal is also going out to those with little or no experience as training will be provided.

By supporting people to live in their own homes or in residential care, paid carers are saving lives as social care is critical in reducing the pressure on people being admitted to hospital and in supporting them when they are well enough to leave.

Please visit www.swansea.gov.uk/coronaviruscareroles to find out more.

 

Recycling

Our household waste collection crews have been praised for their efforts to collect recycling. Since the start of the Coronavirus crisis there's been a surge in kerbside recycling of an estimated 20%. These increases have led to our crews working longer hours to make sure it's collected. Some residents have also left messages of thanks and gifts of cake and biscuits for the teams out on the streets.

 

#Clapforourcarers

We'll be turning the Guildhall blue once again tonight in praise of all the critical workers at the council, the NHS and elsewhere who are working flat-out to protect our communities and save lives. Please stand on your doorsteps at 8.00pm to show your appreciation with a round of applause. It is much appreciated at this challenging time.

Please ignore posts on some social media to release paper lanterns. They are danger to animals and people and not the right way to promote our NHS.

 

Small business grants

We've paid out grants to 241 businesses in the last 24 hours totalling almost £3.1m. So far we've authorised payment of nearly £26.5m to eligible businesses, most of which will have been paid by banks into business accounts by now.

Queries about applications can be made by email only to business.rates@swansea.gov.uk. As staff are concentrating on making payments, a response may not be sent straight away.

 

Covid-19 app

The First Minister and NHS Wales is appealing to us all to download a new COVID Symptom Tracker app to help the NHS response to COVID-19 in Wales.  The app is available to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play or for more information, see covid.joinzoe.com

 

Support for children

Our Educational Psychology Service has put together some advice and guidance for parents and carers about how to support the wellbeing and learning of their children during the coronavirus outbreak. It can be found at www.swansea.gov.uk/resourcesforvulnerablelearners

Activities and sources of support for those with additional learning needs and their families is also available on www.swansea.gov.uk/supportforvulnerablelearners.

 

Child care

An updated list of emergency childcare settings, along with the critical worker criteria, can be found at www.swansea.gov.uk/covid19schoolsandcolleges


Staff

Staff members are being urged to be extra vigilant about potential fraud during the Coronavirus pandemic. phishing and vishing scams will still try to penetrate our security systems. Do not open attachments and links in e-mails that you are not expecting, and ensure you report any such occurrences to IT Security.

If, having taken these steps, you think you still have a problem then stop and refer to your manager or contact the Corporate Fraud Team directly at fraud@swansea.gov.uk who will be able to provide assistance and support. Read more in our security alert.

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