Last updated 19 March 2020
Read Public Health Wales’ daily statement here.
- Due to the current advice on the Coronavirus we’ve taken the decision to close our offices. However, all of our staff have been equipped to work from home and we’re still here doing everything we can to support voluntary organisations during this difficult time
- There is currently some disruption to our phone lines which is expected to last until the end of next week, in the meantime if you’re trying to get hold of us please email [email protected]
- We’re currently suspending all face-to-face training and events, but will continue to deliver online learning where possible
COVID-19 DAILY UPDATES
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OUR STANCE ON THE CONTINUING PUBLIC HEALTH DEVELOPMENTS
As part of the ongoing response to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), WCVA is paying close attention to advice provided by UK Government as well as guidance from Public Health Wales.
We would recommend that everyone follow NHS hygiene advice and any returning travellers from certain countries with confirmed cases of Coronavirus should follow recommendations laid out here. Vaughan Gething has approved the national roll-out of video health consultations, as part of Welsh Government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.
We will continue to monitor any developments and will inform the voluntary sector of any further action we take as things change.
WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS?
Most cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) seem to be mild.
Coronavirus is a viral disease that can cause coughing, fever and difficulty breathing. It can be more severe in older people, those with weakened immune systems and some long-term conditions like diabetes or cancer.
What to do if you have symptoms of Coronavirus – Public Health Wales’ guidance
If you have need to stay at home, follow Public Health Wales’ self-isolation advice.
Planned ‘elective’ or non-urgent surgeries in Wales have been cancelled. Welsh Government have issued a written statement on the full extent of the actions our health service is taking, which can be viewed here: Welsh Government statement
- How can charities keep doing social good during social distancing? Judith Stone, ourAssistant Director of Sector Development, makes a return from secondment to talk about what charities can do to continue their vital work.
- The coronavirus pandemic has raised serious issues for trustees of all charities, meaning that risk management and effective decision-making are more important than ever. Read our guide for trustees.
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GOOD NEWS NEEDED
There hasn’t been a lot of positive news lately – between COVID-19 and the recent devastating floods across Wales, the mood seems pretty somber across the nation.
What we haven’t been lacking in is stories of resilient communities coming together – for example the news that groups such as Coronavirus Support Blaenau Gwent have been assembling volunteers to help people in need.
We’ll be sharing good news stories and examples of good practise as part of this newsletter. If you know of any other positive stories like this of communities pulling together to cope with COVID-19 then please let us know!