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Black bag rubbish from Marston Vale villages to go to incinerator

With the current contracts to treat residents’ black bin residual waste coming to an end, Bedford Borough Council has jointly with Central Bedfordshire Council awarded the work to Veolia.

The two councils said that Veolia represented the best option in terms of quality and price. As part of the contract, they are intending to treat waste at the energy recovery facility at Rookery South.

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Bedford Borough launches Test and Trace Support Payment

Following the Government’s announcement of a new financial support package for those required to self-isolate due to coronavirus, Bedford Borough Council has launched an online application form for residents who are eligible for support.

This package of support offers a payment of £500 to residents who are on low incomes, in receipt of certain benefits and are required to self-isolate because they have received a positive test result or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

This is designed to support people on low incomes if they will lose money because of self-isolating, and will encourage people to get tested

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New COVID-19 walk-in testing centre is opening this week in Bedford Borough

A new COVID-19 testing centre is opening this week in Prebend Street car park, Bedford. The centre is operating on a walk-in basis for anybody in the borough who needs a test, and will be open every day from Friday.

As a walk-in site, residents must either walk or cycle to the site, not drive or take public transport. Strict safety control measures will be in place; a face covering will need to be worn and social distancing must be followed at all times.

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Bedford Borough: An area of Covid concern

Bedford Borough Council is urging residents to continue to follow social distancing advice to avoid a local lockdown.

Locally there has been a rise in the number of cases over the past three weeks with 97 cases recorded since the 13th July and the Borough has been listed as ‘an area of concern’ by the government.

Bedford Borough had previously seen the highest infection rate in the East of England and remains above the regional average.

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Healthcare and hospital workers the focus of Bedford’s continuing COVID infection deep dive

A meeting on Thursday (9 July 2020) heard that testing at Bedford Hospital has been speeded up from giving results in “four-to-eight” days, to getting them in two to three hours.

Councillors at Bedford Borough Council’s local outbreak engagement board were considering the interim findings a deep dive investigation involving the council, public health officials and Bedford Hospital.

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Interim findings into Bedford Borough COVID-19 Deep Dive published

New local data from Public Health England and the Joint Biosecurity Centre, working with Bedford Borough Council, Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Commissioning Collaborative have been released as part of a ‘deep dive’ in Bedford Borough, shows that while Coronavirus infections are still high in the Borough, they are “starting to decline”.

The interim findings of the deep dive, which was issued today (6 July 2020), outlines that women between 30-59 have been the most affected in the borough.

While there were no ‘hot spots’ in the general population the interim findings identified the highest number of cases in areas around the town centre.

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Bedfordshire residents urged to be vigilant after COVID-19 infections warning

Bedfordshire residents are urged to be vigilant to help stop the spread of COVID-19 after health experts across the county warned of increasing infection rates of the virus.

Anyone with symptoms, including a new persistent cough, high temperature or a change or loss of taste or smell should immediately self-isolate and arrange a test via nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 111.

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