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Government guidance for the public

Public Health Wales - Coronavirus (COVID-19): What you need to do (includes Stay at home guidance and Social distancing guidance)

Face covering : The Welsh Government is recommending people wear three-layer, non-medical face coverings in environments where social distancing is more difficult: 
Face coverings - FAQs
How to make a 3-layer face covering

Shielding advice was updated on 12 and 19 June 2020 to allow exercising outdoors and meeting people from another household, subject to conditions: Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19), updated 19 June 2020.

A framework and seven key questions to help lead Wales out of the coronavirus pandemic, published 24 April 2020.

First minister announces further steps to unlock Wales, news story published 19 June 2020.

Coronavirus regulations: frequently asked questions, updated 22 June 2020.

Coronavirus legislation and guidance on the law, collection, updated frequently.

Government guidance for health and social care professionals

Welsh Government: Coronavirus (COVID-19) (main collection of information)

Welsh Government: Health and Social Care Professionals: coronavirus, guidance and services

Public Health Wales: Guidance for Health Care Professionals in Wales

Care Inspectorate Wales: Statements on Coronavirus

Guidance on CIW notification See ‘What COVID-19 notifications are required by CIW?’.

PPE and infection control

Updated guidance on the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for care homes and domiciliary support services, including:

PHW Advisory Note - Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Social Care Settings (Care Homes and Domiciliary Care), undated.

Vaughan Gething MS, Minister for Health and Social Services has issued a written Statement on the use of medical masks in health and social care. 

Clinical Guidance Medical masks: frequently asked questions

Social distancing Guidance: Chief Medical Officer's advice on face masks

Testing and tracing

Test, trace, protect: coronavirus, collection.

Guidance on test bookings and process

Key (critical) workers testing policy: coronavirus (COVID-19), updated 18 May 2020.

The Test Trace Protect document, updated on 4 June 2020, sets out the Welsh Government's strategy.

Guidance on contact tracing:

Contact tracing: if you have tested positive

What to do if you are a confirmed contact

Your questions on contact tracing

Contact tracing: stay alert to scams

Workforce and training

The Welsh Government is to fund a £500 bonus for frontline social care workers, press release dated 1 May 2020

Care home staff to receive £500 extra payment, updated 5 June 2020. Welsh Government is working with UK Government and HMRC on tax and NICs implications of bonus proposals.

The Welsh Government has agreed to a death in service payment for the families of all NHS and social care staff in Wales. This scheme will provide eligible beneficiaries with a one-off sum of £60,000.  Press release dated 27 April 2020.

A social care worker card has been sent to those on the Register of Social Care Workers, managed by Social Care Wales. A digital version is downloadable and a hard copy posted later. FAQs updated 16 June 2020.

Public Health Wales has an online resource on staying well at home, which provides mental health support.

Information for businesses

UK Government, Guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for individuals and businesses in Walesupdated 10 June 2020.

Funding

The Welsh Government has allocated an extra £40m to help adult social care services, updated 14 April 2020, allocated to local government through the COVID-19 'hardship fund' and used to meet increased costs of PPE, food, staffing costs and ICT. The announcement says local authorities will work with providers to draw down funding based on need.

The Welsh Government is to supply an additional £10 million funding, through Regional Partnership Boards, to support new and enhanced homecare packages to support patients to leave hospital for their ongoing assessment and recovery. Press release 29 April 2020


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