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Coronavirus Advice

We understand people will have concerns about Coronavirus. Please see below for national and local advice:


Community Hotline

Black Country Radio is working with our partners at Dudley CVS who are co-ordinating the community response to COVID-19 across the Borough.

We have launched a Community Hotline, to allow the vulnerable members of our society to be able to ask for support - and for the less vulnerable to be able to offer it.

Anyone who needs to contact the hotline can do so, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling: 
01384 465 375       (Please note: This is an automated service; messages will be forwarded immediately)

Dudley CVS are working with existing voluntary and community groups, and the volunteer centre, to connect people that need support to assets in their local community. They're working in partnership with Dudley Council, West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service and the NHS over the coming weeks.

Latest National Advice:

Everyone must stay alert to control the virus and save lives.

You should stay at home as much as possible, and only leave the house for the following reasons:

1. Going to shops which are permitted to be open
to collect things like food and medicine, or to collect online or telephone orders.

2. Unlimited amounts of exercise and recreation
for example sport or relaxation in local parks. This should be alone, or with members of your household and avoiding public transport.

3. A medical need
either for yourself or to provide care for, or to help to, a vulnerable person or to give blood.

4. Travel to or from work
but only where this absolutely essential and your work cannot be done from home.

Symptoms of Covid-19 (Coronavirus):

DO NOT LEAVE YOUR HOME if you have any of the following: 

- A high temperature
you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature).
- A new, continuous, cough
coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more continuous coughing episodes in 24 hours.
- Anosmia
a change in, or loss of, your sense of smell and/or taste.

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home and use the NHS 111 online service to find out what to do.

Hand washing:

The most effective way to combat the spread of the Virus is to regularly wash you hands. You should use antibacterial soap or hand wash and clean them frequently for at least 20 seconds.

Local Council Advice

Local borough councils have issued supplementary advice and updated information about the essential services they provide.

Click your councils logo to visit their dedicated Coronavirus pages on their website. 


For more information, visit:

The GOV.UK Coronavirus website                       The NHS Coronavirus website   



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