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UPDATED 31/03/2020 : Coronavirus news for High Wycombe and South Buckinghamshire

| March 24, 2020

The latest news updates on Coronavirus in High Wycombe and South Buckinghamshire.

Tuesday 31st March 2020

In another in a series of daily vlogs from Buckinghamshire Council, the Shadow Executive Leader Martin Tett speaks about the voucher scheme for families with children who receive free school meals and additional support for people who receive council tax support.

Monday 30th March 2020

140 confirmed cases of Coronavirus have now been recorded in Buckinghamshire according to official figures published on Monday 30th March 2020.

Temporary changes to services at Amersham, Stoke Mandeville and Wycombe Hospitals as well as other community sites have been announced by Buckinghamshire NHS Healthcare Trust.

Residents of Buckinghamshire are using advised to be wary of doorstep scammers who was using the Coronavirus emergency to con elderly and vulnerable residents.

Another in their series of daily vlogs has been published by Buckinghamshire County Council. For today’s video the Leader of the Shadow Executive, Martin Tett, is joined by Sarah Ashmead, Deputy Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire County Council, who speak about what the Council is doing within the community to ensure help and support reaches older and more vulnerable people and how around 800 volunteers are helping to make that happen.

Recycling collections

Recycling collections (mixed and paper and card) were resumed in the Wycombe District on Monday 30th March 2020. The recycling will be collected on the next scheduled recycling collection day. Containers that were not collected during the period of service suspension, from Monday 23rd March 2020 to Friday 27th March 2020, will not be emptied until the next scheduled collection.

Anyone with so much recycling that it doesn’t fit in their bin or container is advised to add it neatly to the side in either a recyclable or reusable container.

If you are not able to store your recycling, it can be disposed of in your general rubbish bin or bags on your usual collection day. However, to support crews, the Council is asking that residents contain all their waste within their bin or sacks (max 4 per collection).

Currently there are planned changes to collection frequencies or days.

However the food waste service remains suspended until further notice. Food waste should be put into your general rubbish bin, which will be collection on your usual general rubbish collection day.

Sunday 29th March 2020

The number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Buckinghamshire has risen to 128 according to official figures published at 9.00am on Sunday 29th March 2020.

Friday 27th March 2020

Figures published at 9.00am on Friday 27th March 2020 reveal there have no been 106 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Buckinghamshire. However it should be noted that not all those with the virus will have been tested so there may be more undetected cases in the population.

Another in the series of daily vlogs has been published by Buckinghamshire County Council. Today’s video draws attention to the help available for businesses in Buckinghamshire through the coronavirus emergency.

Joining Leader Martin Tett is Philippa Batting, Managing Director of Bucks Business First, to discuss issues affecting businesses in Buckinghamshire as they strive to serve the community through tough times.

Thursday 26th March 2020

The Buckinghamshire Councils have announced that parking charges and some, but not all, on-street parking restrictions are to be lifted in Buckinghamshire during Coronavirus outbreak.

A number of changes to council services have been brought in, as the councils in Buckinghamshire, like other organisations, prioritise what is needed the most. The changes have also been introduced to avoid contact between people and are designed to help slow the spread of the virus. The changes are :

  • Country parks and libraries are now closed to the public.
  • Play parks and sports areas of parks are closed but parks remain open for exercise – gatherings however are banned.
  • All household recycling centres (tips) are closed.
  • There are some changes to waste collection services. Residents are advised to check the Buckinghamshire Council website for the latest details.
  • Weddings and other ceremonies will not take place and the registrars service will make contact with anyone who has bookings to make arrangements and organise refunds where necessary.
  • Other changes are being made in regard to registering births and deaths, please check the Buckinghamshire Council website for the most up to date information.

Following the closure of the Household Recycling Centres in Buckinghamshire guidance on how to dispose of household waste can be found on the Buckinghamshire County Council website at the ‘Waste Covid-19 Guidance’ web page.

The Buckinghamshire County Council daily vlog supports the message ‘In it together‘ and provides an opportunity for people to ask questions via social media on how the council is fighting Coronavirus locally, what residents can do to stay safe and how they can get involved in helping others.

County Council Leader, Martin Tett, gives updates on how the council is working in the community and with the NHS. While Dr Jane O’Grady, Director of Public Health in Buckinghamshire, talks about how to stay safe and look after your physical and mental health.

Wednesday 25th March 2020

As of Wednesday 25th March 2020 the number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Buckinghamshire is 50. However it should be noted that not all those with the virus will have been tested so there may be more undetected cases in the population.

Parking charges have been suspended at all Buckinghamshire NHS Healthcare hospital and community sites.

Local libraries in Buckinghamshire are offering online access during the Coronavirus crisis.

Tuesday 24th March 2020

Buckinghamshire County Council have published the latest in their series of daily vlogs. Today’s video supports the message ‘In it together‘ and provides an opportunity for people to ask questions via social media on how the council is fighting Coronavirus locally, what residents can do to stay safe and how they can get involved in helping others.

It also gives County Council, Leader Martin Tett and Chief Executive Rachael Shimmin the opportunity to reassure people with updates on how the council is working in the community and with the NHS.

The video (below) is also available on the official Buckinghamshire Council YouTube channel.

Monday 23rd March 2020

As of Monday 23rd March 2020 the number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Buckinghamshire is 45. However it should be noted that not all those with the virus will have been tested so there may be more undetected cases in the population.

Outpatient appointments at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust hospitals to be non face-to-face in order to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus in Buckinghamshire.

Recycling and garden waste collections have been suspended in the Chiltern and Wycombe Districts due to Coronavirus which has resulted in a shortage of drivers and loaders.

Buckinghamshire County Council has published a short video on how Coronavirus is being fought in Buckinghamshire.

The vlog features the Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council, Martin Tett, with County Council Chief Executive Rachael Shimmin and the Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Neil Macdonald, discussing how the County Council and NHS Trust is working within the community to help residents and businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The video (below) is also available on the official Buckinghamshire Council YouTube channel.

The County Council are planning to release a new vlog video every day to update residents on the latest developments in the battle against Coronavirus.

Saturday 21st March 2020

As of Saturday 21st March 2020 the number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Buckinghamshire is 42. However it should be noted that not all those with the virus will have been tested so there may be more undetected cases in the population.

Friday 20th March 2020

As of Friday 20th March 2020 the number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Buckinghamshire is 39. However it should be noted that not all those with the virus will have been tested so there may be more undetected cases in the population.

Thursday 19th March 2020

The Arriva Bus Company has announced that from Monday 23rd March 2020 emergency timetables with service reduction will be in operation in Buckinghamshire. Details of the announcement can be read at the following link : ‘Emergency timetables to be introduced on many Arriva bus services in Buckinghamshire from Monday 23rd March 2020‘.

The Buckinghamshire Councils have issues an update on the Coronavirus outbreak in Buckinghamshire, it can be read at the following link : ‘Update on the Coronavirus outbreak from Buckinghamshire Councils‘.

Wednesday 18th March 2020

Four patients have died of Coronavirus at hospitals operated by Buckinghamshire NHS Healthcare Trust. Further information can be found at the following link : ‘Four patients die from Covid-19 Coronavirus at Wycombe and Stoke Mandeville Hospitals‘.

It has also been announced that all non-urgent elective operations are to be suspended at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Hospitals.

Churches and other religious organisations ate to close to public worship services and events, More can be read at the following link : ‘Places of worship in High Wycombe suspend services and gatherings to restrict the spread of Covid-19 Coronavirus‘.

Saturday 14th March 2020

A patient at Wycombe Hospital has died of Coronavirus. Further information can be found at the following link : ‘Patient dies of Covid-19 Coronavirus at Wycombe Hospital‘.

Friday 13th March 2020

Restrictions have been placed on visitors to the hospitals operated by Buckinghamshire NHS Healthcare Trust. Further information can be found at the following link : ‘Restrictions placed visitors to Stoke Mandeville, Wycombe, Amersham and Buckingham hospitals due to Coronavirus‘.

*Source of article : Press releases from Buckinghamshire County Council, Wycombe District Council and Buckinghamshire NHS Healthcare Trust.

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