London Borough of Waltham Forest, GB conducts multi-front engagement for increased vaccine uptake
A 75-member Citizen's Recovery Panel representative of the borough provided insights into COVID-19 vaccine reluctance. Additional sessions identified altruists, inquirers, and opposers as the groups most concerned about the vaccine. The borough crafts localized messages to these groups using Next Door, Facebook, and Whatsapp. Waltham Forest uses these channels along with volunteer networks to amplify stories of once-reluctant vaccine recipients.
London Borough of Waltham Forest, GB
Hampshire County Council, GB adjusts COVID-19 interventions based on demographic profiles
County officials worked with three University of Southampton researchers to identify groups missed by public health messages during the pandemic. The Ph.D. candidates connected county and national population data to postcode areas on a heat map. Engagement campaigns are aimed at concentrations of high-risk residents via social media, local ads, and in-person outreach. Hampshire County Council consults the heat map for testing, vaccination, and mitigation efforts.
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Red Deer, AB buoys community spirits during pandemic with Red Deer Cares platform
Residents who have participated in acts of kindness submit their stories through the platform. This library of good deeds fosters a virtual community that translates into social cohesion. The Kindness section of Red Deer Cares offers suggestions for acts like sharing garden vegetables, picking up litter, and helping neighbors with their pets. The city added a Support Local section with a directory of local businesses open during COVID-19.
Red Deer, AB
Waterloo, ON boosts the spirits of residents during COVID-19 with the Community Happiness Project
The city's Arts & Culture team asked for audio, video, and photo content from residents over a two-month period. Participants shared their experiences during the pandemic along with messages of hope and optimism for their neighbors. Waterloo connected these messages to QR codes placed on signs throughout the city. An interactive map shows where residents can go to scan codes for positive messages during a difficult time.
Breckland Council, GB has deployed 10 "Abbee" robot vacuum cleaners to help with COVID-19 sanitation
Breckland Council has deployed 10 "Abbee" robot vacuum cleaners at its head office to take over hoovering duties for the cleaning staff. The robot vacuum cleaners were provided by Rafters Cleaning during the final stages of exhaustive trials. The Abbee robots allow the cleaning staff to focus on vital tasks during the COVID-19 pandemic such as touch-point sanitation. The Council embraced this modern technology cleaning solution in order to raise standards and improve efficiency.
Breckland Council, GB
Breckland Council, GB launched £2 million "Spring Back" programme to help with COVID recovery
Breckland Council launched the £2 million "Spring Back" grant programme to help local businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The programme includes a Shop Front Improvement Scheme, Covid Safe Grants, a streamlined pavement license application process, a local shopping campaign, and the installation of hand sanitizing stations in public spaces. The suite of support was informed by feedback from over 500 Breckland businesses.
Breckland Council, GB
Upplands Väsby, SE has adjusted several of its policies to support restaurants during the pandemic
The Municipality of Upplands Väsby has adjusted several of its policies in order to support local restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic. The municipality reduced the fees for land lease and serving permits to give restaurants a better opportunity to invest in outdoor cafes. The municipality also postponed the company fee and allows restaurant owners to offer catering at home to private individuals free of charge.
Upplands Väsby, SE
Eindhoven, NB introduces Pressure Gauge map for city center visitors concerned about crowds
The Pressure Gauge categorizes 25 city center streets in one of four colors based on real-time foot traffic data. Map uses are encouraged to visit during green periods of relative quiet and limit visits during yellow, orange, and red periods. Mobile phone users who allow GPS tracking supply the data for updates every 15 minutes. Local officials pursued this project to improve compliance with social distancing measures while gathering traffic data.
Breckland Council, GB is accrediting businesses as "Covid Safe" to encourage local shopping
Breckland Council launched the "Covid Safe Scheme" initiative to highlight local businesses protecting staff and customers from the spread of the coronavirus. The Council recognizes businesses with safety measures that strictly comply with national guidelines such as providing hand sanitizer, installing screens, wearing masks, and encouraging social distancing by granting them "Covid Safe" accreditation. Accredited businesses can display a promotional window sticker to encourage shoppers.
Breckland Council, GB
Greater Sudbury, ON extends COVID-19 vaccination to homebound residents with new pilot
The city's public health team works with service providers to identify residents born before 1941 and those receiving full-time home care. Qualifying residents are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations from paramedics. The results of this pilot will inform expanded at-home vaccinations to residents at high risk of contracting the virus. Greater Sudbury took advantage of new storage guidelines and additional supplies to expand reach beyond community clinics.
Greater Sudbury, ON
Kitchener, ON turns to Instagram for COVID-19 precaution awareness during Safety Dance Challenge
Kitchener residents were asked to create their own Instagram takes on a city-created dance throughout March 2021. The routine included recommended steps to halt COVID-19 spread including handwashing, social distancing, and mask use. Participants tagged the city's Instagram account, added #KitchenerSafetyDance, and mentioned two friends. Qualifying posts were entered into drawings for gift cards to eateries and grocery stores.
Natal, RN helps residents plan for COVID-19 vaccinations with real-time data portal
The portal rates waiting times for drive-through and walk-up vaccination sites as no line, moderate, or severe. Each site listing includes hours of operation, line maps, populations served, and vaccination types. Portal users find overall stats about Natal's vaccination progress including total shots applied and average wait times at all sites. Municipal officials included an appeal to the Solidary Vaccine food drive and the total weight of donations on the website.