17 Nov 2020

As we all adapt to life with the new national restrictions in place until 2nd December, St Helens Public Health team remind people when they need to self-isolate from coronavirus (COVID-19) and that support is available for those in urgent need.

If you have any coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, you must self-isolate and book a test as soon as possible.

You can book a test online or by calling 119. Anyone you live with or who is in your support bubble must also self-isolate – even if they do not have symptoms. Self-isolation means that you should not leave your house or have any visitors as this stops any potential spread of the virus to others - especially those who are vulnerable.

St Helens Together is a partnership between voluntary, community, not-for-profit, faith and public sector organisations and local businesses which provides a single point of contact for residents in urgent need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you don’t have a support network and you have an urgent need or you are a vulnerable resident call the St Helens Together helpline number on 01744 676767, it’s open 7 days a week from 8am to 10pm. St Helens Together can help you to access supermarket and medication deliveries, food banks, mental health resources and advice about financial support that is available.

Sue Forster, St Helens Director of Public Health  said: “People who are defined as clinically extremely vulnerable are at very high risk of severe illness from COVID-19. These most vulnerable people can register for support on the new national online service and are being urged to stay at home as much as possible and to work from home.

“We all have a part to play in preventing the spread of the virus in St Helens, we must continue to follow restrictions and stay at home as much as possible to protect our NHS and save lives.”

Councillor Anthony Burns, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Leisure, Libraries and Heritage, said: “The St Helens community have really pulled together to support each other by looking out for loved ones and neighbours self-isolating. It’s vital that we all continue to not leave our homes if we’re self-isolating, little acts of kindness like dropping off food or medication, and phoning to check how people are doing can make a big difference during this time.

“It’s really important that if you are self-isolating and in urgent need without a support network that can help you or you are vulnerable and need support that you reach out and contact the St Helens Together helpline.”

Sue Forster, St Helens Director of Public Health  said: “People who are defined as clinically extremely vulnerable are at very high risk of severe illness from COVID-19. These most vulnerable people can register for support on the new national online service and are being urged to stay at home as much as possible and to work from home.

“We all have a part to play in preventing the spread of the virus in St Helens, we must continue to follow restrictions and stay at home as much as possible to protect our NHS and save lives.”

To register as a volunteer for St Helens Together, visit: Volunteer Centre Halton & St Helens.

For more information:

  • To find out when to self-isolate and what to do, visit: NHS.uk
  • For information about St Helens Together and how to get involved, visit: St Helens Council website
  • To find out about Government financial support is available if you’re off work because of coronavirus, visit: GOV.UK
  • For guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people, visit: St Helens Council FAQs