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Update from council leader - 18 November

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Cllr Paul Bettison, OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, said:

Last week, Bracknell Forest Council launched a local contact tracing system as part of the borough’s continued response to COVID-19.

This is a vital part of how the borough is responding to the pandemic as the system aims to obtain details of those who have been exposed to the virus so they can be contacted and advised to self-isolate.

Bracknell Forest Council, like other councils, has launched a local test and trace system so that those people who have tested positive for the virus, but national NHS test and trace haven’t been able to get hold of, do not slip through the cracks.

We need to get hold of these people so they can be advised appropriately, officially told to self-isolate and be provided with any information relating to local services they may require whilst isolating.

If you receive a call from 01344 354321 then it is one of our local contact tracers trying to get hold of you. We know that we continually tell people to never give out our personal details to strangers over the phone, but this is an exceptional circumstance and an additional step in our response to COVID-19, so please do speak to them if they call.

While this is a positive step for our community, we must continue to be vigilant and not forget the main symptoms of COVID-19 to look out for, which include a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change in sense of smell or taste. If you do have one of these symptoms you should self-isolate immediately and apply for a test via on GOV.UK or by calling 119.

In more festive news, I am also delighted to mention that The Lexicon has launched its Christmas Wishes campaign which I am sure will put a smile on local faces in the lead up to the festive period. They will grant 10 wishes with help from Cllr Ash Merry, Mayor of Bracknell Forest, and Cllr Michael Titheridge, Bracknell Town Mayor.

Please nominate your friends and family, as well as anyone you feel deserves a special treat for a Christmas Wish by visiting The Lexicon’s website.

Stay safe and well.