From Dorset Council – news of the new NHS Test & Trace app
Tomorrow, 24 September, the Government is launching a new Test and Trace app to help prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus.
We are lucky to still have a relatively low infection rate here in Dorset and the app will help this trend continue. Everyone who downloads the app is helping to prevent the spread of the virus by notifying users if they have come into contact with someone who may later test positive for coronavirus.
From tomorrow you will be able to go to your usual app store on your smartphone and download the app – search for NHS COVID-19. Some features of the app include risk alerts by postcode, a symptom checker and test booking. Please be assured that the app tracks the virus, not the individual.
It is also now mandatory for some businesses and organisations to have a system in place to collect visitor data and keep it for 21 days. We have contacted Dorset’s businesses, our town and parish councils and our own local council services about this new legal requirement and have asked them to display NHS QR code posters in their properties ahead of the app launch tomorrow.
The venues affected include those in the following sectors:
leisure and tourism
close contact services (such as salons)
places of worship
local authority venues (such as Libraries, Registration Offices, Leisure Centres and Town and Village Halls)
From tomorrow we should start seeing these businesses with the NHS QR posters in their venues for customers and users to check-in with the new NHS COVID-app at that location.
If we all download and start using the app, we will be doing our bit to keep each other safe and stop infection rates in Dorset rising.
Don’t have a smartphone?
Don’t worry if you don’t have a smartphone, businesses may continue to collect customers’ data using a log book or other paper method.
Do you have a question
For all questions about the app please visit https://faq.covid19.nhs.uk/
All the Dorset emergency services (Police, Fire, Ambulance) now recognise location references from the what3words mobile phone app.
Every 3metre square in the world has a three word identifier in the what3words system. Use that code when contacting 999 and the emergency services will #KnowExactlyWhere the emergency/incident is.
Why not be prepared – download the free app to your mobile phone now. Find out more and download the app from this link.
As well as for emergencies you can use the location code to report fly tipping, crime, problems, to help friends to find you on the beach, …. the possibilities are endless.
Here’s an example – The Broadmayne sandbag store is at ///flattered.natural.debating
You can help raise money for Prostate Cancer research in two ways
Ben Wightman is planning to walk the length of the the Jurassic Coast Path, Exmouth to Studland (100 miles), in nine daily sections, between the 11th and the 22nd October.
You could walk – Ben would love people to join him for any (or all!!) days
You could sponsor – Ben or one of the other walkers
The walkers will also need offers of transport to and from the ends of each daily section.
All money raised goes towards valuable research.
For a schedule and all details, and to offer support, please contact Ben – email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01305 854385 or 07970 820064
There is no embarrassment in admitting that the pandemic has left you in financial difficulty and there are people ready to help. Maybe your working life has been disrupted or maybe you are older and would benefit from claiming Pension Credit, or maybe claiming free school meals or the Pupil Premium would help your family.
Don’t hold back, there is help out there, and please tactfully mention this to any friends who you think might benefit from advice.
Dorset Council and Dorset Citizens Advice have launched a new campaign encouraging residents financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to seek support before things become more difficult.
You can now reserve items again (charges and hire fees also return)