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COVID-19 update 42

This update was sent to the Cymorth mailing list on 19th July. You can view the original email here and sign up to receive future mailings here


Cymorth gives evidence to Senedd ELGC Committee about the impact of COVID-19 

Cymorth Director Katie Dalton gave evidence to the Senedd Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee on Tuesday about the impact of COVID-19 on homelessness in Wales. Katie talked about the importance of having a safe and secure home, the fantastic efforts of local authority, housing and support providers during the pandemic, and what current and future Welsh Governments need to do to end homelessness in Wales.

  • You can watch the evidence session here.
  • You can read our written evidence here

Welsh Government report: Review of coronavirus deaths in Wales

The Welsh Government has announced the publication of a new report 'Examining Deaths in Wales associated with COVID-19'. 


Welsh Government: Changes to shielding 

The Welsh Government has announced that shielding in Wales will pause on 16 August. The guidance on shielding has been updated to reflect these changes. 


Written statement: An update on shielding and adopting the guidance of RCPCH

The Minister for Health and Social Services has published a written statement about the changes to shielding and adopting the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health guidance about shielding for children and young people. 


Welsh Government: Minister announces new planning policy priorities for COVID-19 recovery

The Minister for Housing and Local Government has announced the Welsh Government's planning policy priorities for the recovery period after the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. 


Welsh Government letter: Testing to prevent Covid-19 in care homes in Wales

The Chief Medical Officer has written to Health Board Chief Executives and Directors of Social Services about testing to prevent Covid-19 in care homes in Wales. We want to draw your attention to the paragraph about asymptomatic staff:

We recognise the identification of a positive Covid-19 staff member will have a serious impact on care homes. In individuals who test positive but are asymptomatic at the time of the test we recommend that the individual staff member immediately self isolates. If they remain asymptomatic over the following 48 hours then a second test should be taken, if this result second test is negative and the individual has remained asymptomatic then it can be assumed that the individual does not have Covid-19. 


Cymorth and CHC webinar: Test, Trace, Protect (free to attend)

Test, Trace, Protect: On Tuesday 21st July we working with our friends at Community Housing Cymru to hold a webinar about Test, Trace, Protect. You can register for the webinar here


Reminder: Funding opportunities homelessness and housing-related support providers

  • Crisis has launched its Home For All programme, which will provide grants of between £20,000 and £100,000 to organisations that wish to embrace a housing-led and transformational approach to ending homelessness. 
  • Homeless Link's COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund includes £680,000 provided by Comic Relief for charities based in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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