Islanders are being encouraged to consider ways to keep themselves, their loved ones and those in the local community safe, particularly the isolated and vulnerable, during a COVID-19 outbreak.

Neighbourhood Watch has issued a list of 10 actions you can take to protect yourself and those around you.

Although there are no confirmed coronavirus COVID-19 cases on the Isle of Wight, it is feared that it won’t be long until the Island is affected. The coronavirus can be serious for the elderly and those with underlying health issues.

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In the UK there are 163 cases of COVID-19, with over 20,000 people tested. 2 people are reported to have died.

10 ways you can protect yourself, your loved ones and your community:

  1. Meet with household members, other relatives, friends and neighbours to discuss what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community and what the needs of each person will be.
  2. If your neighbourhood has a website or social media page, consider joining it to maintain access to neighbours, information, and resources. Alternatively, share phone numbers and email addresses particularly with those who are isolated or vulnerable.
  3. Consider establishing a ‘buddy’ system within your community to ensure everyone stays connected to COVID-19 related news, services and can receive support safely, such as essentials deliveries.
  4. Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications.
  5. Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy.
  6. Learn how to self-isolate. Guidance can be found on the NHS website:
  7. Create a list of local organisations that you and your neighbours can contact in the event that one of you need access to information, healthcare services, support, or resources. Consider including organisations that provide mental health or counselling services, food, and other supplies.
  8. Create an emergency contact list of family, friends, neighbours, healthcare providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.
  9. Learn about the emergency operations plan at your child’s school or childcare facility, and your employer’s emergency operations plan.
  10. Practice everyday preventive actions including regular hand washing.

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1 year ago

Now it seems we are having the Festival then we must accept many of our elderly will die, whatever we ‘do’.

We have so many care workers who will attend, and then unknowingly visit house to house the elderly who need care.

Whilst I don’t blame anyone going, I had hoped it would be cancelled as the Island has many old, and seems selfish even if just ‘one’ dies for a three day event.

Sadly doubt it will be just one who will directly be infected by a festy goer.

Reply to  Seay
1 year ago

The elderly spring to mind first, there are also people with underlying conditions at risk, this will put a vast strain on the NHS, common sense will prevail, I do not believe the ferry companies staff will be very impressed either.
We are all in this together.

Magical mag
Magical mag
1 year ago

So what’s the constant handwashing at the festival going to be like then and how are they going to do it ,the queues for the loos are long enough as it is and with a pt of beer costing 12.00 then how much the cost of a antibacterial hand gel is it going to be around 10.00/20.00 a pop, everyone loves a good friendly festival but at the cost of spreading ,catching this virus then surely they could postpone it for just one year ! ,take care people x

West Wight
West Wight
1 year ago

France has measures currently in place banning gatherings of more than 5,000 people. The Festival organisers may not wish to cancel now, but I think the decision will soon be taken out of their hands if cases increase.

I know we all have to think ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ but carrying on as normal is literally the worst thing we can do if we want to stop it spreading

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