Pulling Together to Beat Coronavirus

I blogged about this last week when we saw our first cases of Coronavirus start to impact on the county.  It’s now a really serious and rapidly changing situation that we are all having to deal with.

There are now ten confirmed cases of the virus in Staffordshire, with many more people now likely to be infected and staying at home.

As I said in my previous post, our priority as a county council is to protect the most vulnerable, that is the elderly, the disabled and children in our care which we continue to do. Be assured, we’re working around the clock with our partners to try and keep these people safe, despite the expected critical shortage in the workforce.

We are still asking people to follow the Government’s current advice which includes:

  • The most effective way to reduce the spread is by washing your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds
  • If you have a new persistent cough or a temperature of 37.8C or more stay at home and self-isolate for seven days if you live alone – or 14 days for the whole household if anyone is symptomatic
  • Everyone should work from home where this is possible. Avoid non-essential travel by public transport and avoid social gatherings
  • If you are over 70, have an underlying health condition or are pregnant you are strongly advised to minimise all social contact
  • Do not contact NHS 111 unless you have symptoms and these worsen

We know that these unprecedented challenges are here to stay and will only increase. But I also know that Staffordshire has great community spirit and there has never been a more important time for us all to rally together to help Staffordshire get through the next few months.

To help, we are also launching a Coronavirus Kindness campaign to support those staying at home – particularly the high risk groups. Through this, we will be able to channel support through our communities to ensure those who are staying at home get a helping hand if they need it.

I do know, that by all pulling together and following the official advice, we can get through this.

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