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Coronavirus 20 April 2020 - 3.00pm general update

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Monday 20 April 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Swansea Bay Studios Field Hospital

Construction of the new Swansea Bay Studios Field Hospital has been proceeding at pace over the weekend with our staff and contractors working 24/7 when necessary to get the site ready for its first patients as quickly as possible. The work being done by our building services team and contractors has been praised by the council's chief executive, Phil Roberts.  

 

Scams

We're urging residents to be vigilant about a rise in COVID-19 scams. Some residents have been targeted on the doorstep by bogus offers to help with grocery shopping. Other scams have been reported including companies offering fake holiday refunds and people offering fake face masks, hand sanitiser and COVID-19 testing swabs.

Anyone who has been targeted by a scam can report to Action Fraud online at www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or by calling 0300 123 2040.

 

Parks

We've had reports people are tearing down taped-off areas around children's play zones in some of our parks. Please remember our parks are open for your daily exercise but children's play areas are out of bounds to keep you and your children safe. So, please, do the right thing - don't use children's play areas and always observe the two-metre rule.

 

Local Area co-ordinators

Every community in Swansea now has a Local Area Co-Ordinator. There is now a team of 38 staff on the front line in communities in Swansea helping to facilitate neighbour to neighbour support to ensure that people can access essentials such as food and prescriptions and where possible have a friendly voice checking in to see how they are coping during the lockdown.

 

Exercising by bike

Residents in Swansea aiming to exercise through the coronavirus crisis have been getting on their bikes. Swansea Council has monitored a doubling of cycle users on many sections of its cycle network around the city.

Electronic cycle counters installed along sections of cycle routes at Swansea Bay foreshore, Blackpill, Gowerton, Morfa and across the Tawe Sail Bridge have all recorded sharp increases in cyclists travelling the routes during April compared to figures recorded in March.

Residents using bikes for their daily exercise should continue to follow government guidelines on social distancing, which can be found here

 

Highways repairs

Our highways teams have carried out 111 emergency road repairs over the last few weeks despite the impact of the Coronavirus crisis on normal services. We are focussing our resources on emergency repairs and if you want to report a road defect that requires an emergency repair, please do it online.

 

Essential food supplies

We have created a list of local businesses supplying food and other essential items via a home delivery service. The page can be found on www.swansea.gov.uk/essentialsuppliers and is updated regularly

 

Invoice payments

We are working hard to pay suppliers as promptly as possible during these financially-challenging times. Suppliers can take advantage of the prompt payment service by emailing to Accounts Payable team at Fin.Admin@swansea.gov.uk . If suppliers have previously posted invoices from the 18 March 2020 onwards and haven't been paid yet, they can resend the document via e-mail.


Staff

Already 217 staff from 11 service areas have re-deployed and retrained to support critical services. More staff are now being asked to volunteer to take on temporary roles in support of our critical services during the Coronavirus pandemic. We are asking staff to sign-up to take on new jobs to provide services that will help the people of Swansea, protect the NHS and help them save lives.

For more information on how to apply please visit www.swansea.gov.uk/stafftemporaryrole

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