COVID-19 previous updates - 2 April
2 April 2020
Council staff and volunteers are working hard to deliver food parcels and essential supplies to vulnerable residents.
If any businesses are able to donate, Haringey Together would be grateful for the following:
- Food that can be stored (e.g. dry goods, tins, cans, packets)
- Essential household items (e.g. sanitary products, soap, kitchen roll etc)
- Cleaning products (for food preparation purposes)
- Nappies, baby formula, milk
- Plastic bags and boxes
- Pet food
We can’t currently accept:
- Frozen food
Due to government rules on social distancing and non-essential travel, the council is not asking for donations from individuals, but is welcoming contributions from businesses or Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations.
If you are a business able to support with immediate donations please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a pick up.
The response from the community has been fantastic – thank you.
If you, or someone you support is extremely vulnerable, there are steps you need to take in order to effectively shield yourself and others from coronavirus (COVID-19).
Shielding is a measure to protect people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from coronavirus. This means staying home and avoiding face-to-face interaction between those who are extremely vulnerable and others for at least 12 weeks.
Visits from people who provide essential support, such as healthcare, personal support with daily needs or social care should continue. All people coming to your home should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds on arrival, and wash often while they are there.
Who needs to shield?
People with serious underlying health conditions are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) and are, therefore, clinically extremely vulnerable. It is strongly advised that they rigorously follow shielding measures in order to keep themselves safe.
People who have a condition listed below should always practice shielding:
- Solid organ transplant recipients.
- People with specific cancers or those who are undergoing active cancer treatment.
- People who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs.
- People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.
- People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell).
- People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
- Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.
Find out more about shielding and conditions of being clinically extremely vulnerable on the GOV.UK website (external link).
During the COVID-19 outbreak, all of us will experience some level of increased stress. Some of us will be affected as we adjust to our ‘new normal’, others may have worries about paying bills, and some may be anxious about home schooling.
Whilst stress is perfectly normal and healthy reaction in the body and mind to some type of threat - when facing ongoing threats and challenges, it becomes something quite different.
The more you focus on what you can control, the more clearly you can understand that not everything is out of control.
- Read more and find some useful resources on our Health advice page.
Haringey Council and Veolia are today issuing updated advice to those residents in flats who use bags from libraries for either their food waste collection or recycling collection.
With libraries closed and no suitable alternative outlet, we kindly request that once their supply of bags runs out, residents that live in flats/flats above shops present their waste in the following ways:
- Residents that live in flats: For food waste collections, please line your caddy with newspaper and continue to use your food waste collection as normal.
- Residents that live in flats above shops: For recycling collections, please put your recycling in your refuse collection.
We are having to make these changes at this time as part of our wider response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak and so that we can continue to deliver waste services in these challenging and unprecedented times.
The food waste and recycling collections for residents living in houses remain unaffected at this time. We thank you for your understanding, help and cooperation.
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