Test and Trace support payments 

Support payments are available for working people on low incomes who have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace and will lose income as a result.

The payments help ensure people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts self-isolate for the required period to stop the spread of the virus.

They also encourage individuals who are eligible for the payment to get tested if they have symptoms.

This is important to help stop the transmission of COVID-19 and avoid further economic and social restrictions.

To find out more, including the payment criteria, visit www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/testandtracepayments or call 01732 227000.

Coronavirus safety posters

Public Health England (PHE) have made downloadable posters available to promote face coverings, keeping your distance, hand hygiene and more.

The posters are perfect for businesses, voluntary and community groups and local councils. Download the posters

Sevenoaks Coronavirus testing site 

A Coronavirus testing site became operational in Sevenoaks on Monday 16 November giving local people the opportunity to seek a test much closer to home.

Until now, the nearest test centres were in Gatwick, Uckfield, Medway, Ashford and Bromley meaning residents had to travel a long distance for a test.

The Sevenoaks test centre, located in our former park and ride site in Otford Road, provides both drive through and walk in testing and must be booked in advance through the NHS Test and Trace service.

If you or anyone your know are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 and wish to book a test, visit www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Latest local COVID-19 data

Up to 13 November, the count of positive cases was up across all the districts in Kent.

In the Sevenoaks District, the seven day count of positive cases through laboratory testing was 213, up from 124 as at 6 November, at a rate of 176.4, up from the previous rate of 140.0 per 100,000 population.

The average rate for England is 270.3 cases per 100,000 population. 

There are currently 277 active cases across our District, up from 197 from 6 November, and that these relate predominantly to household clusters and cases in education and care settings. 

The Health Protection Board states that the national lockdown should lead to a reduction in cases in two weeks’ time as long as people adhere to required measure to reduce transmission.

View the latest national COVID-19 data.

Indoor ventilation

As winter beckons, and we spend even more time indoors, PHE has produced social media animations to promote the benefits of ventilation in enclosed spaces during the pandemic.

You can download the animation and share on your channels.

NHS Test and Trace scams

The Covid-19 global pandemic has presented fraudsters with new opportunities to scam people out of their money. Kent Police has been working with Action Fraud to share their advice around a test and trace scam which has been reported on a national level.

People should be aware that contact tracers will never ask for payment, ask for any passwords or pins or request bank account details.

If anyone contacts you asking for this information or wants you to download anything, hand over control of your PC or even send someone to your home, it is likely a scam.

The new NHS Covid-19 app is the only official tracing app for England and Wales. If you are concerned that you may have been targeted please contact Action Fraud or Kent Police.

Always remember…

Stop – Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.

Challenge – Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

Protect – Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud or call 101.

Concerns about Coronavirus compliance?

As ever, if you have concerns about people or businesses not following the COVID rules, drop us a line and we’ll see if we or one of our partners can help.

Call us on 01732 227000 or email information@sevenoaks.gov.uk.