Tag: Coronavirus

Care homes in Bedford ‘poised’ to allow indoor visits from March 8

A council meeting heard that care homes are already making preparations to allow one named person to meet with a loved one and hold hands as part of the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Visitors will have to pass a lateral flow test before being allowed in, to reduce the risk of passing on the coronavirus to vulnerable people.

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New business grant scheme approved by Central Bedfordshire Council

Struggling businesses will be able to access further grants following approval of the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG2) and the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) by Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive today (23 February 2021).

The two new grants are designed to support more businesses as they struggle during lockdown because of the pandemic

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Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes health & social care staff urged to get their vaccinations

Health and social care staff from across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) are encouraged to get their COVID-19 vaccinations as soon as possible.

Self-referral is now an option for health and care staff working in BLMK in the below categories to attend Milton Keynes University Hospital (MKUH) to be vaccinated.

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‘Nearly 9,000 health and social care staff yet to have their covid jabs’ in Beds, Luton and MK region

Some 8,900 health and social care staff across the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) region are set to receive letters urging them to take their COVID vaccines, a meeting heard.

And the BLMK partnership board, which brings together council and health service leaders, was also told that people in most vulnerable cohorts 1-4 could also be written to within days to overcome stubborn levels of “vaccine hesitancy”.

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Bedford: High COVID death toll expected for ‘several weeks’ but signs are that the tide is slowly turning

Public health experts in Bedford are expecting a high covid death toll to continue for several more weeks as an infection bulge works its way through into hospitalisations.
But in a “good news, bad news” presentation, councillors heard that the infection rate is falling, people are being given more money to self isolate, and vaccination of the borough’s 70-74 year olds and high risk people is on track to begin soon.

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