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Coronavirus Update - Thursday 14 April

Whatever your plans for the Bank Holiday weekend, we hope you have a wonderful Easter break. 
Please enjoy yourself but remember that coronavirus case numbers are still very high in Plymouth. 
If you’re planning a weekend away, keep in mind that the South West has higher case numbers than much of the rest of the country.
Please take a moment to familiarise yourself with the latest coronavirus update. 
Covid-19 cases heading in the right direction 
Although cases are still high, they have continued a downward trend since our last update and are slowly coming down.  
We can all do our bit to keep case numbers heading in the right direction.
Although the rules and restrictions have now been lifted, residents are urged to remain cautious and self-isolate if you test positive. This is still a serious disease for vulnerable people.
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 are exempt from this charge. 
Click here, if you think you may be eligible for a free test. 
Additional booster shot for certain groups
Some vulnerable people are still being offered a spring booster jab. People aged 75 and over, and those with weakened immune systems are invited to book a fourth jab. 
You can book your booster by clicking here.
Open a window if you have guests 
Research has shown that opening a window even slightly can reduce the spread of the virus. So, if you’re having friends over or cooking a Sunday roast for the family, keeping a window slightly open will reduce the chances of you catching Covid-19. The weather is expected to stay mild into next week.
Face masks 
It's down to you. 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:
PCH opening hours over the weekend 
We’ll be closed over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend but if you have an emergency repair then please report it as normal by calling 0808 230 6500.
Our anti-social behaviour out of hours line is 0800 028 7377.
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:
Plumer House will be closed from tomorrow, and will open again from Tuesday as normal. 
Plans to fully reopen our Frankfort Gate shop have been delayed, we will keep you posted regarding this. 
Customer services award
As part of our commitment to making sure we care, respect, listen and do the right thing by our customers, PCH has maintained the Customer Service Excellence quality mark. 
Last year we were awarded the accreditation for the customer service we provide, and this year we've retained it with improvement. 
Click here, to read the full story.