Funds for Derbyshire Covid-19 action plan

Derbyshire has received almost £3.86 million to provide a local Covid-19 action plan.

It is part of a £300m Government package to English local authorities to develop plans to keep the spread of coronavirus under control at a neighbourhood level. It comes at the launch of the wider NHS Test and Trace Service. 

It will be spent to develop tailored outbreak control plans, which will set out measures to identify and contain potential coronavirus outbreaks locally, in places such as workplaces, housing, care homes and schools.

To develop and implement its plan, the county council will work closely with local NHS and local public health directors, as well as the new NHS Test and Trace Service, to ensure it has sufficient resources to tackle the virus locally. This could include recruiting additional staff to support local services. 

Local efforts will be crucial to support the national rollout of NHS Test and Trace, which has already tracked tens of thousands of contacts of people who have tested positive for coronavirus. 

High Peak MP Robert Largan said: “I pay tribute to everyone in the High Peak who is working tirelessly to help control the spread of coronavirus. 

“This additional funding will be key to supporting our local efforts, and I will work with councillors to ensure that it is put to good use.

“Tackling coronavirus requires us all to play our part, engaging with the new NHS Test and Trace Service where we need to, and continuing to follow social distancing rules to control the virus and save lives.”

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