Northamptonshire residents are urged to work together again this second lockdown to help suppress the spread of the virus and ensure that the four weeks of National Lockdown are used for the county to come out of the other side in the best position possible.
Support continues to be available for residents who need it through the countywide Community Resilience Hub, set up at the start of April to help those needing support or assistance during periods of isolation or for those who are vulnerable.
District and Borough Council teams also continue to provide localised support in communities, working together with the County Council to ensure that those in all areas of the county can access the help they need.
Testing centres continue to be available across the county for those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Councillor Ian Morris Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for adult social care and public health says: “At this time we all need to look out for one another and as we enter the first week of a second national lockdown period, we want to reassure residents that support is available for anyone who needs it.
“However, we’d like to encourage those who do have their own support bubbles to use those where possible so that the support on offer can go to those who are most in need or those without their own support networks.
“During the current pandemic food banks are doing a fantastic job supporting those in crisis to access support during this period. We thank those who are in the fortunate position of being able to support others through monetary donation or through dropping items into supermarket collection points, as I know so many Northamptonshire residents have been doing. If you are able please keep supporting this important work.
“Last lockdown the people of Northamptonshire were fantastic in the way they followed the health and government advice. If residents do the same this lockdown I have no doubt that we will see cases reduce in the county, with fewer deaths from COVID-19 and emerge the other side of the lockdown in a much better position than we are currently in.”
Lucy Wightman, The Director of Public Health for Northamptonshire County Council says: “It’s hard not seeing family and friends. However, the simple fact is that dramatically reducing the number and frequency of contacts between people is a highly effective way of stopping person to person transmission.
“You can and will make again make a difference. By staying at home you can once again ensure that our NHS is not overwhelmed by this pandemic. This is vitally important when we are approaching a timeframe of additional winter pressures which has always been a particularly challenging time for our NHS. So I say please follow the national guidance, help protect our NHS and save lives.
“Staying home whenever you can is vital, however it’s also really important for Northamptonshire residents to still get a test if you have any of the symptoms of coronavirus. If you have a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to the sense of smell or taste I urge you to book a test today by going to nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. Please also follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace if you are contacted to protect others and stop the spread of the virus.
“Can I make a special thank you to those Northamptonshire key workers who are still attending their usual place of work, but also a plea to them to ensure that they’re following the rules around face coverings when using public transport, or if they have no other option but to car share.
“I know that the people of Northamptonshire pull together as a community and rise to a challenge. So please stay at home, observe social distancing and wash your hands regularly. Your actions will help protect the most vulnerable in our communities and save lives.”