Coronavirus: £3.87m to reduce spread of virus in Bradford district

Coronavirus: £3.87m to reduce spread of virus in Bradford district

Published by Harry Long at 12:17pm 19th June 2020.

Public Health experts in Ilkley, Addingham and Burley-in-Wharfedale have been awarded an extra £3.87 million to reduce the spread of Covid-19. 

  • More than £3.8m of government money is being used to reduce the speed of coronavirus in the Bradford district.  
  • It's to support the local roll-out of NHS Test and Trace.
  • The money will be used to work with communities across the district.

The government money has been allocated to Bradford Council to support the local roll-out of NHS Test and Trace.

The national programme, launched at the end of last month, is trying to help control the virus - by identifying the contacts of people who have tested positive for it.

The money will be used to work with communities across the district.

As the country and the district starts to emerge out of lockdown, the Council will have to be prepared for any outbreaks of infection that might occur.  That includes containing outbreaks and supporting residents and workplaces.

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Other ways in which the additional funding will support local efforts to combat the virus include:

  • Raising awareness of the continuing need for social distancing, good hand washing and hygiene, and the wearing of face coverings when using public transport and in settings such as hospitals.
  • Building on existing partnerships and services to engage with and support groups who are more vulnerable to coronavirus. 

Director of Public Health at Bradford Council, Sarah Muckle, said:

“For three months, we’ve all seen first-hand how people across Bradford district have come together to play their part in containing the virus – for example the local shops and businesses that reopened this week have worked hard to ensure safety and hygiene measures are in place."

“This extra money will build on these efforts, by strengthening and extending the many different ways in which we as a council are responding to the continuing challenges posed by COVID-19.

“Alongside the public health expertise we have across the district, we will ensure it is put to the best possible use to keep the virus under control.

“Work on our outbreak control plan is progressing at pace, and this will be hugely important in containing the virus if there is a cluster of cases locally.

“We already assess health data every day which enables us to pinpoint any settings where there may be a spike in cases, and take action at the earliest opportunity to contain it.”

Test and trace was introduced in England on May 28th to help contain coronavirus outbreaks in communities and allow the country to continue easing out of lockdown.

The system asks people who test positive for the virus to provide details of those who they have been in close contact with.

They will then be contacted and following a short assessment may be asked to self-isolate for 14 days as a precaution or sent for a test and asked to self-isolate for 7 days if they are already experiencing symptoms.