Coronavirus Update (COVID-19)
This has been another challenging week for our frontline services. The good news has been that the expected peak on Easter Monday was not as high as we had planned for. Instead of the virus numbers doubling in just 3 days, it took 11 days to do so. It was right, some weeks back, that we worked together locally to provide the emergency GP and Hospital provision which would have been needed had the worst-case modelling occurred. It has not been used because residents have largely been superb in self-isolating and self-distancing. Let’s keep this up so we don’t have to use it.
We now have better news on PPE and testing but this has taken a lot of effort to get there and it has caused frustration for those of us who can see what has been needed on the front line. I’ve spoken to clinicians, local authority leaders, the police, Government Ministers, and many more local and national figures, this week to try and get what is needed.
It was also good to speak to our local business and civic community to discuss current challenges as well as their determination to get the open signs back up when safe to do so. Once this is over, and it will be, we really need to rally around and shop and visit locally.
Thanks to our amazing community effort in this challenging times. There are so many who need their trumpet to be blown. It’s not just those amazing frontline workers but the volunteers and the creative people who have turned up with solutions, equipment and supplies to those who need them.
Stay safe. It’s another 3 weeks at least but, if we continue what we have started, we will have kept each other safe and will be able to get back to life as we used to know it.