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Pembrokeshire County Council leaders coronavirus update, 12th May

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Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, Councillor David Simpson,
has provided a further coronavirus update for Tuesday, 12th May, as
follows

‘As we in Wales and Pembrokeshire continue in lockdown, I want to
reassure you all that we will get through this difficult period in our
lives.

‘I am aware that this extended lockdown is challenging however we
need to remember that our principle goal is preservation of life.
‘We all have a role to play to ensure that we continue to fight this
invisible enemy. The pandemic is cruel and it is taking lives and we
are also aware that anyone could catch this virus.

‘I want to extend my sympathy to anyone who has been directly
affected by this virus or knows someone who has unfortunately lost
their life.

‘I’d like to reiterate the Welsh Government’s latest key messages,
namely:

 the coronavirus lockdown in Wales will be extended for a
further three weeks with minor adjustments but with maximum
caution maintained to ensure the virus does not spread

 while the first peak of infection has been passed and rates
continue to fall, it is still too early for a significant lifting of
requirements or restrictions

 all of us must continue to work from home wherever we ca

 all of us must only travel when absolutely necessary

 and all of us must continue to observe the two-metre social
distancing rule and wash our hands often

‘These measures will continue to protect us all from coronavirus and
save lives.

‘The Welsh Government also made a series of small adjustments to
the regulations including:

 allowing people to exercise more than once a day, but people
should stay “local”. This means any exercise should start and
end at home and not involve going a significant distance from
home

 enabling local authorities to begin the process of planning how
to safely re-open libraries and municipal recycling centres

 allowing garden centres to open provided they comply with the
physical distancing duty.

‘These changes apply to everyone but the 120,000 people in the
shielding group. It is really important this group continues to follow the
shielding advice.

‘The Welsh Government also urges people who are over 70, who
have an underlying health condition or who are pregnant, to continue
to take extra care to protect themselves.

‘I want to thank everyone for the positive feedback you have offered
to myself, Elected Members and the Authority itself. Everyone across
our county is working hard to ensure we do the right thing – that is we
stay at home and stay safe.

‘I urge you all to keep strong and keep positive. There will be better
days ahead and we need to be patient.

‘The following coronavirus-related press releases have been issued
since my last update yesterday:

 Capital Funding:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/cabinet-to-
consider-project-capital-funding

 Parents Asked For Views:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/parents-asked-
for-their-views-on-education-related-matters

 Unpaid Carers Urged To Take Part In Survey:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/unpaid-carers-
urged-to-take-part-in-survey-to-shape-future-support

 Numbers Helped by Community Hub Rise:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/number-of-
people-helped-by-community-hub-continues-to-rise

 Libraries To Remain Closed For Now:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/libraries-to-
remain-closed-for-now

‘Public Health Wales is updating and adding to their resources
regularly. Please find all assets here:
https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-
covid-19/coronavirus-resources/

‘Also, please keep an eye on our newsroom at:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom

‘And to get daily email updates, log onto our website and sign into My
Account at: https://myaccount.pembrokeshire.gov.uk

‘Don’t risk catching or spreading the virus, why risk it? Remember:
Stay Strong, Stay Safe and Stay at Home. Thank you.’
Useful links:

 www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/coronavirus
 www.sir-benfro.gov.uk/coronafeirws
 https://phw.nhs.wales/
 Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru – Coronafeirws Newydd (COVID-19)
– Cyngor hunan-ynysu
 https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-
19-list-of-guidance

For the latest advice and press releases relating to coronavirus,

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Covid-19 vaccination venues and timeline announced for everyone locally over 50

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EVERY person in JCVI priority groups 5 to 9 will be offered a COVID-19 vaccination by 18 April, Hywel Dda University Health Board has confirmed.

While the health board’s vaccination programme has the capacity to offer a vaccine to everyone in groups 5 to 9 by the original target date of 4 April, the delivery plan has had to be adjusted based on confirmed vaccine deliveries.

Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, and Pembrokeshire residents in priority groups 5 to 9 can expect to receive their vaccine as follows:

  • Group 5, people aged 65 – 69 years – delivered by GP practices between 15 February and 12 March
  • Group 6, people aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions and unpaid carers – delivered by GP practices between 22 February and 4 April
  • Group 7, people aged 60 – 64 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 8 March
  • Group 8, people aged 55 – 59 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 22 March
  • Group 9, people aged 50 – 54 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 5 April

The health board currently has mass vaccination centres located in Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Haverfordwest, Tenby, Carmarthen and Llanelli.

Group 6 is significantly the largest cohort to be vaccinated to date and we understand that many in this group will be anxious to receive a vaccine. Please do not contact your GP or the health board to ask about your appointment, you will be contacted directly when it is your turn and we thank you for your patience.

People in groups 7, 8 and 9 will receive a letter with an appointment date and time. Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible. The letter will include a phone number to contact the health board should you need to rearrange or cancel your appointment but please make every effort to keep your allocated appointment time.

Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda UHB, said: “While  our programme has had to slow  due to supplies, we want to reassure everyone in groups 5 to 9 that our amazing teams of vaccinators and GP practices have the capability and flexibility to deliver our vaccine supplies as they arrive into the region.

“Vaccine supplies will start to increase again from mid-March, and we are confident that everyone living in our three counties in the top 9 priority groups will be offered a vaccine by mid-April.

“In Hywel Dda we have an older population compared to some other health boards and so over 50% of our adult population will have been offered a vaccine by milestone 2.

“To be able to say that as we approach the anniversary of the first national lockdown is nothing short of extraordinary.

“And again, I must say thank you to everyone living in our three counties who continue to come forward in substantial numbers for the vaccine. Uptake remains remarkably high and we hope to see this continue through groups 5 to 9 and into group 10.”

People are asked, wherever possible, to use their own private transport to attend an appointment. Lifts can be accepted from someone in their household or support bubble, but not from anyone else due to the risk of transmission of the virus.

The health board has put in place transport support for anyone who may have difficulty attending their vaccination appointment. If you have no other means of travel, please contact the health board on 0300 303 8322 and we will be happy to assist.

Everyone in priority groups 1 to 4 should have received an offer of a vaccination. If you have not been contacted, or have changed your mind, please contact your GP at the earliest opportunity. No one will be left behind.

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Nolton Haven: Man hospitalised after getting into difficulties in sea

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A MAN was taken to hospital after getting into difficulties in the sea off Nolton Haven on Friday.

Emergency services were alerted at 2.40pm on February 26 by a 999 call to the control centre.

The Little Haven RNLI lifeboat, Broad Haven Coastguard, an ambulance crew and a Coastguard rescue helicopter assisted police in the operation.

The male casualty was stabilised on the beach and shortly before 4.30pm, was then transported to Withybush Hospital.

A police spokesman told The Herald: “We were called to a male who had got into difficulties in the water at Nolton Haven shortly before 3pm.

“He was taken to hospital by ambulance.”

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Cyclist killed on A40 was serving police officer, force confirms

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A CYCLIST who died after a crash with a van on the A40 in Carmarthenshire was a serving police officer with Dyfed-Powys Police, the force has confirmed in a statement to Herald.Wales.

The driver of the van involved in the crash, which happened on Thursday (Feb 25) has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, it was confirmed on Friday (Feb 26).

Police are investigating the fatal collision, which caused the road to be closed for 12 hours, and are asking for any witnesses to come forward by calling 101.

37-year-old Lynwen Thomas, who is a former student at Ysgol Bro Myrddin, Croes-y-Ceiliog, Carmarthen, was a sergeant and a very well-respected member of Dyfed-Powys Police.

A spokesperson for the police said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues, who have all been offered specialist support. We ask that family members are given the privacy they need at this difficult time.”

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