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Vulnerable residents urged to still stay at home

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Posted on: 12 May 2020

Devon’s most vulnerable residents are urged to remain at home despite changes to the lockdown restrictions.

Around 34,000 people in Devon have been identified as having an underlying health condition that puts them at very high risk of severe illness if they catch coronavirus.

The NHS has advised them to not to leave their homes until at least the end of June, even for essential supplies and exercise, in order to minimise face-to-face contact and prevent being exposed to the virus.

There is no change to this guidance, and the rigorous ‘shielding’ measures introduced to help keep those who are considered extremely clinically vulnerable safe are still in place.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said:

“Regardless of the small changes to the lockdown restrictions announced yesterday, the advice to the most vulnerable in our communities remains the same – stay at home.

“Although our infection rates in Devon are relatively low compared to other parts of the UK, those with certain conditions are still at the greatest risk of severe illness from coronavirus and are more likely to be admitted to hospital if they catch it.

“If you’re vulnerable, please, keep going, stay at home and stay safe.

“If you need extra support, like getting essential food and medicine delivered, social contact or additional care, there’s a strong network available to help, from the government, your local council and the community. Just get in touch, we’re here for you.”

Everyone who has received a letter advising that they are clinically extremely vulnerable should register on the government website or call 0800 028 8327 to register for extra support, even if they don’t need it right now.

If you’re ‘shielding’ and you can’t use online supermarket services and don’t have any friends, family or neighbours who can help, you can ask the government to arrange for weekly free basic food supplies to be delivered.

If you are receiving a government food parcel and have a certain dietary requirement that isn’t being met, please contact Devon County Council via the Devon Coronavirus Emergency Helpline on 0345 155 1011 to arrange ‘top-up food boxes’ with appropriate produce for vegetarians, vegans and those with a dairy or gluten intolerance to be delivered fortnightly by a local supplier.

Deliveries of other special provisions can also be organised though the local authority hubs, which are run in partnership with the district councils.

Residents can call their local helpline depending on which district they live in, or family, friends and neighbours can phone to raise concerns about someone in their community.

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