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Hampshire County Council has confirmed the county has been placed in the Tier One, medium alert, Covid-19 category, following the launch of Boris Johnson’s three-tier strategy of local lockdown measures.
Government figures for the period 4-10 October suggest there were 14 new coronavirus cases confirmed in East Hampshire, with a rate of 60 cases per 100,000 resident population. The average area in England had a rate of 81.
And parents at a Petersfield school have been told of a positive case there. Churcher’s College headmaster Simon Williams wrote to parents to say a pupil in the fourth year had tested positive. However, the pupil had been off school for a week with a cold and Public Health England and the Department of Education have said there is no need for other pupils to self-isolate.
Meanwhile, a new walk-through coronavirus testing facility is to open for those with symptoms to book appointments in the Havant Civic Centre car park. Testing is available only for those with coronavirus symptoms and anyone with one or more symptoms should book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
Those with appointments will be given guidance on getting to and from the facility in Civic Centre Road, with support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities. And test results are expected to be available within 24 hours.
A plan for a new hospital near Alton, serving East Hampshire residents, is among the 40 projects being funded through the Government’s £3.7bn Health Infrastructure Plan.
Providing 40 new hospitals was a key Conservative manifesto commitment in the 2019 election and public consultation on the local plans are due to take place early in 2021.
Meon Valley MP Flick Drummond has been given a new role in the Government ranks.
She has been appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions.
Having been elected to the Meon Valley seat in December 2019, Mrs Drummond will now be one of the ‘eyes and ears’ for DWP ministers in the House of Commons making sure MPs’ issues, concerns and questions are fed back to the department.
Mrs Drummond was a PPS at the Department for International Development until it joined with the Foreign and Commonwealth office earlier this year to become the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
Age Concern Petersfield has launched a new ‘IT coaching over the phone’ service for people aged 50 and above.
Based in Winton House, in the High Street, the charity has run IT sessions and classes for some years. But now, with social distancing regulations in force, it has gone ‘on the phone line’ to run the classes.
Charity spokesman Sheridan Rocher said its important people should be able to connect with others through their phones, tablets, iPads and computers.
The service is free but the charity asks for a donation.
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The Hampshire Football Association has entered into a two-year partnership with our local mental-health charity, Havant and East Hants Mind.
Havant and East Hants Mind is affiliated to the national Mind charity and works in collaboration with other local Minds across England and Wales, providing an array of mental health services, projects, training and campaigning.
The charities are run by local people for their local communities and their range of services and support is diverse, including providing crisis helplines or centres, wellbeing and recovery services, physical health activities and advice for carers.
The county FA already has trained in-house mental health first aiders but was pleased to extend the work being done behind the scenes by collaborating with a known and respected charity provider.
Additionally, the local Mind charity will provide the county FA with a communications plan to implement, along with supporting materials so that key messages around mental health are promoted across Hampshire FA’s online presence.
Work continues at the Winchester Road/Princes Road junction to add new lights and a crossing and may cause delays at peak times. Similarly traffic restrictions and closed parking bays are still a feature in The Square.
Two-way control lights will be in operation today and tomorrow on the A272 Winchester Road, at Langrish, as the county council carries out drainage repairs. Similarly, traffic control is in place in Winton Road, in Petersfield, until Monday, and on Moggs Mead, until Saturday, though delays should be minimal at both sites.
Southern Water is working in East and West Harting, though, again, delays are not anticipated.
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