Council set to launch COVID-19 support team

North East Derbyshire District Council are launching a dedicated Covid-19 support team to protect public health on the front line by offering support and guidance to residents and businesses in the district.

The team will support contact tracing, investigate outbreaks in workplaces, focus on hot spots in the district and offer guidance and support to businesses and the public in those areas to minimise the outbreaks of the virus and provide support during the lockdown period.

Helping residents and businesses respond to the fast moving crisis and increasing cases will be the priorities of the team. The additional resource will help the Environmental Health Service respond to incidents and assist with the public health response through incident investigation and outbreak control measures.

The Council will also be contacting those registered as vulnerable during the last lockdown and offering support with food packages and pharmacy deliveries where needed, as well as helping those businesses who can stay open during the November lockdown to stay Covid-19 compliant and drive the infection rate down.

Support will also be available to businesses who are forced to close and advice available on how to access grants and funding and putting the correct safety measures in place when re-opening.

Councillor Charlotte Cupit, Cabinet Member for Environmental services said, “This new Covid-19 support team will further support the fantastic work the Council and officers have already been doing to help reduce cases in our district. They will visit hotspot areas and provide advice to businesses and residents on how to stay compliant with the safety measures needed for them to operate safely”.

“We want to reassure all our residents and businesses we are acting swiftly to put into action support mechanisms for those vulnerable and needing assistance, where we are on hand to help our communities and businesses through this next wave”.

“Please do everything you can to keep the spread of infection under control. By working together, we can contain the spread of this disease.  It is this unity and ‘in this together’ spirit which will help us through this lockdown”.