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Coronavirus Update - Friday 29 April

Another Bank Holiday is here, and we hope you have a wonderful weekend. 
 
It's mostly positive news on the Covid-19 front. Nevertheless, please take a moment to familiarise yourself with the latest coronavirus guidance. 
 
Coronavirus cases are continuing a downward trend. 
Although cases are still high, they are falling and we can all help this trend continue. 
  
Rules and restrictions have now been lifted, although residents are urged to remain cautious and self-isolate if you test positive. So long as we all do this, we can avoid future restrictions.
 
Planning a summer holiday?
If you're lucky enough to be able to travel overseas this summer, please bear in mind that the rules for entering different countries vary. 
 
Some countries may need proof of a negative test or vaccination status, although some will not. 
 
You can check the latest overseas travel guidance by clicking here.
 
Suffering long term symptoms? 
How long it takes to fully recover from coronavirus varies from person to person. 
 
Some people have reported symptoms for months after contracting the virus. This can be a sign of long covid, as it's known. 
 
If you or someone you know has persistent symptoms for months after testing positive for coronavirus, you may want to seek medical advice. 
 
Mild symptoms can persist for lots of people, but if your lingering symptoms become problematic, then please contact your GP. 
 
Click here for advice about long covid.
 
 
Home testing kits 
You now need to pay for home-testing lateral flow kits (LFT). 
 
Most pharmacies are selling a pack of five tests for around £9.50. Certain people such as care workers or those living/working with extremely vulnerable people are exempt from this charge. 
 
Click here if you think you may be eligible for a free test. 
 
 
Additional booster shot for certain groups
Vulnerable people are still being offered a spring booster jab. 
 
You can book your booster by clicking here.
  
Face masks 
Whether you choose to wear a face mask or not, is now a personal choice. When visiting your home, PCH staff will continue to ask if you would prefer a mask to be worn. 
 
 
In other news:
 
Fancy your hand at gardening?
Our next gardening session will be held at the Beacon, this coming Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2pm. 
 
All are welcome to join, where you can learn how to take cuttings and grow your own herbs for cooking. 
 
Seasoned gardener or complete beginner, everyone is welcome to pop along. 
 
PCH will be closed on Monday
Plumer House will be closed on Monday with normal service resuming from Tuesday.
 
If you have an emergency repair then please report it as normal by calling 0808 230 6500.
 
Our antisocial behaviour out-of-hours line is 0800 028 7377.
 
Remember, MyPCH is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Check your rent account, report repairs, update your contact details and make a comment or complaint online: https://bit.ly/MyPCHportal