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Helpline for those in self-isolation in North Yorkshire

Helpline for those in self-isolation in North Yorkshire

Published by Harry Long at 5:05pm 20th March 2020.

A helpline is being set up for people in self-isolation with no family or friends to rely on when they are in need of help.

  • Staff at North Yorkshire County Council will offer telephone support to those in need during the virus outbreak. 
  • They'll be on stand from Monday.
  • The Council has set up a special helpline number which people can call.   

Staff at North Yorkshire County Council will be on standby from Monday 23rd March to provide over-the-phone support to those who have nobody else to call during the coronavirus crisis.

It comes as those aged 70 and above, and those with the most serious health conditions, are facing the prospect of being asked to self-isolate for 12 weeks.

North Yorkshire County Council county hall

The county council’s chief executive Richard Flinton said:

“We are taking a leading role with other local authorities up and down the county to ensure we help shield people who may be more vulnerable, such as those with underlying medical conditions as well as people over 70, who are self-isolating, over the coming weeks and months.”

Mr Flinton also urged people to look out for each other in their communities:

“We know that people across the county will want to help their communities and we’re encouraging everyone to look out for anyone in their immediate area who might need help, whilst also keeping social distancing advice in mind.

“Although we need to be careful about physical contact, offering to call your neighbour who can’t get out so they have someone to chat to on the phone could make all the difference.”

The county council’s helpline number is 01609 780780.

More information is available here.