The government has set out its plan for the next phase of the COVID-19 response. This details how we live with the virus as we would any other respiratory illness.
To find out more about the plan, see GOV.UK
What help is available if you have COVID-19 or are too unwell to leave your home
Most people with COVID-19 and other respiratory infections will have a relatively mild illness, especially if they have been vaccinated.
If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19, and you have a high temperature or do not feel well enough to go to work or carry out normal activities, or you have a positive COVID-19 test result, you should try and stay at home, if you can.
The shielding programme for people who were previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) has now ended. There remains a smaller number of people whose immune system means, in spite of vaccination, they are at a higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19.
If you or your household need medical advice
If it is a medical emergency, call 999 and inform the call handler that you, or someone in your household, have COVID-19 symptoms.
If you are staying at home, you may need some extra support.
If you need help while at home, for example for food shopping, prescriptions contact the Torbay Help Hub.
We know that staying at home can be difficult, frustrating and lonely. It’s important to take care of your emotional wellbeing. Stay in touch with family and friends over the phone, by text and over social media.
Tools, resources and advice if you need help:
It’s also important to keep physically active. Exercise in your home, garden or private outdoor space if you feel well enough. There is a wide range of health and wellbeing support on offer so here are some key pages for you to start with.
If you or your family are in immediate danger don't be afraid to call the police on 999.
Otherwise please contact the Police on the non-emergency number 101.
The Are You OK? website provides information to anyone in Torbay who wants to find out:
They have published an article to help people who are anxious about self-isolating because of COVID-19.
If you are concerned that you may be about to lose your home, contact our housing team.