As predicted, cases of Covid-19 have started to rise as Autumn progresses. Senior scientists are constantly reviewing the situation, with government now imposing a second lockdown in an attempt to reduce the rate of infection. It certainly gets harder to know what we're allowed to do and what we are not. In Cosgrove the restrictions are thought to have worked well, with very few cases of Covid-19 identified.
On 24th September, the NHS Covid-19 Track and Trace phone App was launched. Being aware that someone you've been in close contact with, who's been tested and confirmed positive for the virus, gives you chance to prevent spreading the virus by self isolating. Staying away from other people, until confident that you aren't able to pass on the virus, will dramatically reduce the spread. Don't forget, some people who test positive, don't experience symptoms, but can infect anyone they come into close contact with. From a positive test, the App will provide information identifying other App users that may be at risk and they will be notified to self isolate. Anyone notified, is morally obligated to abide by the self isolating notification. Hopefully it won't apply to anyone who reads this, but please do your best to help our country overcome this highly contagious disease.
The South Oxfordshire Food & Education Alliance (SOFEA) Community Larder Scheme has been re-established for this second lockdown period. Those that need food are provided with a weekly package containing a pre made box of food, a bag of pre made fruit and veg (if available) and a loaf of bread (if available).
The scheme is open to any and all households in Cosgrove that are unable to get out for food supplies, or unable to pay for them due to the impact of Covid-19, and therefore would meet the criteria (Health/Economic) to receive a weekly food package. There is no requirement to be a member at this time although individual household details will need to be provided to SOFEA prior to their first package. Food is delivered on a Tuesday each week.
If you would like to receive a food package then please download and complete the attached membership form. Please include as much detail as you can and then get the form, or a copy, to email@example.com or call him on 07428 199366 to arrange collection. Digory is coordinating the notifications to SOFEA and deliveries across the Parish
To seek assistance from the voluntary Community Support Group, see the attached information from the Parish Council.