Deputy leader emphasises Sandwell’s efforts against pandemic
Published 3rd August 2020
Last week, Sandwell Council issued three key pieces of advice to people in Sandwell as part of ongoing efforts to slow the spread of the virus and avoid a local lockdown:
- All residents are being strongly advised NOT to go inside the homes of other people.
- Anyone who has symptoms must self-isolate and book a test
Sandwell Council’s deputy leader, Councillor Maria Crompton wants to emphasise the effort Sandwell Council is making to stop the spread of Covid-19.
She said: “Our public health team are working around the clock and we are doing out utmost to get on top of the recent increase in figures in Sandwell.
“Our officers are doing extra contact tracing to complement the government’s test and trace service.
“Testing has been ramped up, with mobile testing units placed within the heart of the communities most affected by the pandemic. We have also commissioned a community swabbing team with the capacity to test over 100 people a day in an outbreak situation.
“All businesses have been written to with an offer of our 7-day response outbreak response service which can offer immediate specialist support if positive cases arise in their workforce or customers.
“We have provided PPE to many organisations when there were global shortages and delivered more than 15,000 care packages to our most vulnerable residents.
“We have directly worked with hundreds of businesses, schools, faith settings and community groups since the start of the pandemic, offering advice, support and resources in a range of languages.
“It is more than disappointing to see the pandemic being used as political point scoring by other local authorities.
“Coronavirus has no political boundaries. This isn’t about politics and I have never set out to make that the case. This is about protecting our residents and doing the best for them to keep them safe and well.
“I urge businesses to get in touch with us to ask for any advice that can help them protect their workforce and we will use all the methods available to us get the message out to our residents."
Business owners can get in touch at PHCovid19_Enquiries@sandwell.gov.uk or by calling the Healthy Sandwell team at 0800 011 4656.
Residents can find out more about Sandwell Council’s strong recommendations to avoid a lockdown.