10 Nov 2020

Wyre Council’s successful partnership provides support to NHS Test and Trace

Wyre Council is working in partnership with NHS Test and Trace to provide local contact tracing. Combining national scale and data with local knowledge in this way is now helping more people to self-isolate and stop the spread of coronavirus in Wyre.

Councillor David Henderson, Leader of Wyre Council explains:

“Defeating COVID-19 involves everyone working together at a local and national level. We are really pleased to have been able to get involved and to work with the national NHS programme to develop local contact tracing.

“A team of staff from the council has been redeployed and have received full training. They are now working hard to make contact with people in Wyre who have tested positive, that the national NHS Test and Trace programme has been unable to reach.

“This work means we are able to get in touch with people who have the virus and trace those they may have infected. We can advise them to isolate and therefore break the chain of infection.

“We are also able to make them aware of support that is available, helping them to complete the self-isolation period. For example we have been making eligible residents aware of the self-isolation support grant and have been signposting people to further support including local volunteer support groups.

“Working in partnership with the NHS means that together we are able to reach more people. This is a very stressful time for people, especially for those who are at risk. Nevertheless, we have found that our local contact tracers are almost always well received and we really do appreciate the cooperation of our residents at this time.”

Anyone experiencing symptoms of coronavirus should self-isolate and book a test. It’s important that you continue to self-isolate until you have your test results, even if you start to feel better. If you test positive you must self-isolate for 10 days. Those you have been in close contact with will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

For more information go to www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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