The Gwent test, Trace and Protect Service continues to be busy tracking cases in our communities in Blaenau Gwent.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, you must self-isolate at home for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. (Please see section on when to seek medical advice above). You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19.
• Self-isolation periods are for 10 days
• Self-isolation is for 10 days if you develop symptoms. People who develop symptoms should request a test. If the test is negative they can stop their self-isolation
• Self-isolation is for 10 days if you test positive for COVID-19, even if you don’t have symptoms
• If you have been in contact with a positive case but you are fully vaccinated or under 18 you will no longer have to self-isolate, unless you develop symptoms. You may be asked to take a PCR Test. You will be contacted by the Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) with advice on what to do.
Self Isolation Payments
People told to self-isolate for up to 10 days could be eligible for financial support from Welsh Government.
People on low incomes can apply to receive a £500 payment if they have tested positive for coronavirus or they are asked to self-isolate by the NHS Wales Test Trace Protect service because they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. This also now includes those told to self-isolate by the NHS Wales Test Trace Protect Mobile App.
To check if you are eligible and to make a claim https://iweb.itouchvision.com/portal/f?p=customer:category_link:::::CUID,LANG:B4D3C703F06B1E220C4C8E06531401A8CA0F08BF,EN&P_LANG=en
A top-up payment is available for the social care workforce in Wales, to increase statutory sick pay to their normal wages if they have to take time off because they have coronavirus or are self-isolating.
For more information about financial assistance go to - https://gov.wales/self-isolation-support-scheme
Testing Positive for Coronavirus
If you test positive for Coronavirus you should not leave your home and must self-isolate immediately (Please see Guidance here). You will be contacted directly by a trained advisor from the Gwent Contact Tracing Service. To make this a success you will need to answer your phone when you receive this call, which may come from a withheld number.
If you need any support with shopping or prescription collections whilst you are self-isolating, please call us on 01495 311556 or let your trained advisor from the Gwent Contact Tracing Service know.