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Coronavirus

Times Echo and Life / Coronavirus

April 1, 2020

‘To isolate is vital – and I can tell you why’

A FORTNIGHT ago, Dr Helen Kara returned from a week teaching and speaking at universities in Southampton and Norway. When she arrived home on March 13, she decided to self-isolate, aware that although it was unlikely she had picked up coronavirus Covid-19, she had travelled through many crowded places, including airports, train stations, tube trains and taxis as well as staying in hotels and eating in restaurants. As an asthma-sufferer, Helen took the decision to isolate herself as much as possible from family and friends, even though at that point, there was no official requirement for her to do so. She said: “I took all the precautions I could; my hands have never been so clean. “But I wouldn’t know for sure whether I had caught the virus for at least 14 days, maybe longer – and if I had caught it, then during those days I could infect tens or hundreds or even thousands of other people.” The day after she came home, Helen shared her thoughts and fears in her blog helenkara.com, reflecting on her longing to see a friend’s new baby and the restrictions she was placing on herself after researching coronavirus as much as she could. But just a couple of days into her self-imposed isolation, Helen realised that not everyone was as aware of the potential effects of the virus. And before the Government instructed the nation to stay at home, her parents, who are 79 and 80, enjoyed a visit from a friend. Now Helen is sharing their story - a stark illustration of the difficulties faced by so many as we remain in our homes, unable to care for our loved ones far away, fearful of the many ways this virus can enter our homes and impact on our lives:

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March 28, 2020

Volunteers co-ordinator Covid-19 response

TOWNSFOLK are playing a crucial part in supporting family, friends and neighbours as restrictions put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus Covid-19 intensify.

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March 26, 2020

Getting creative to enhance community spirit

YOUNGSTERS are playing their part in the effort to keep community spirit alive in the town of Cheadle through this surreal time we are all currently witnessing.

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March 26, 2020

Time capsules to mark moment in history

A RESIDENT from the Moorlands has started an initiative that has seen people from all around the world join together to create time capsules to remind future generations of the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had globally. Eve Goodyear from Cheadle thought up the idea with her children, wanting to mark this moment in time in a practical way. Her family have created a timeline of what has happened over the past few weeks amid the Covid-19 outbreak by placing newspaper cuttings and family trees and photos into a time capsule.

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March 26, 2020

Creative extravaganza for town is cancelled

A LARGE scale creative event has been cancelled amid the current coronavirus situation. This year’s Cheadle Arts Festival had set to take place during the month of June, and plans were in place for an enhanced programme to previous years including: an Open Arts Exhibition, a High Street Gallery, and Arts & Crafts Market, a host of participation and learning events, and a full ‘fringe programme of events, to name but a few. However, the volunteer organising team has now taken the difficult decision to cancel the creative extravaganza due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

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March 26, 2020

Council closes all public toilets amid coronavirus fears

A COUNCIL has decided to close all its public toilets in an attempt to quell the spread of coronavirus. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) said it was taking heed of Government advice by implementing the closures. A spokesperson for SMDC said: “In line with the Government’s advice for people to stay at home due to the coronavirus situation, public toilets across the Staffordshire Moorlands district were closed until further notice on Saturday, March 21.”

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March 26, 2020

Parish council leads the way in helping the elderly and vulnerable in Blythe Bridge and Forsbrook

RESIDENTS in the villages of Forsbrook and Blythe Bridge are continuing to club together to look after the more vulnerable members of their community. Chairman of Forsbrook Parish Council Peter Jones said: “I am heartened by the community response and their call to action. “At this time we need to make sure we are all looking out for our neighbours.”

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March 26, 2020

Couple’s plea: ‘Bring us home’

A COUPLE from Uttoxeter are pleading with the UK Government to bring them home from Peru after the country went into lock down.

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March 26, 2020

“We’re here to help the elderly and vulnerable”

COMMUNITIES across Moorlands are pulling out all the stops to help the elderly and vulnerable amid the coronavirus pandemic. Here are just some of the initiatives which are evolving within our area…..

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March 19, 2020

Community rallies together to help vulnerable amid virus

A VILLAGE in the Moorlands has come together to help the more vulnerable members of their community amid the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Forsbrook Parish Council has run an appeal parishioners to nominate “one or two people per street” to keep an eye out for the vulnerable people who live close by. The council also said that, via the parish, efforts could be made in regards to any items that need collecting, such as prescriptions and food.

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March 19, 2020

FIRST COVID-19 CASE FOR TOWN CONFIRMED

A CARE HOME in the Moorlands has confirmed that one of its residents is being treated in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). A spokesman for Church Terrace Care Home in Cheadle stated that the home is “clear and there are no symptoms of the virus in residents or staff.” They also said that all standard precautions have been taken to prevent development.

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