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County continues to benefit from coordinated response to COVID-19 pandemic

Organisations from across Gloucestershire are working together to ensure no one is left behind amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Through the LRF Strategic Coordinating Group (SCG), Gloucestershire councils, health organisations, police, ambulance service, along with the military and many other partners are pooling skills, resources and funding to ensure the county is well prepared and supported during these difficult times.

Throughout the last few weeks, those supporting the response have worked as a team on all manor of projects and activities. Some of these joint achievements include:

  • More than 2780 offers of help have been submitted via the community help hub and 1789 requests for help have been logged.
  • Officers from the county's fire and rescue service, Police and the military, and community volunteers distributed over 400,000 items of PPE to 79 different care locations across Gloucestershire on Wednesday.
  • 9000 vulnerable people, 4600 of who are 'shielding' will be regularly contacted by health & council colleagues over the coming weeks to make sure they remain safe and well
  • Over last weekend police stopped more than 200 vehicles to check reasons for travel, with four fixed penalty notices (£60 fine) given for non-essential travel
  • Police have received more than 300 reports from members of the public related to Covid-19
  • In excess of £18.3m has been allocated by district council's to more than 1400 businesses across the county
  • The county's adult social care services has introduced a new way of working to ensure they can go on supporting people under the current circumstances more details here
  • Six community transport operators have been given a one-off payment of £100,000 to ensure vulnerable residents can continue to access services more details here
  • More than 150 homeless people provided with accommodation. Ten people are currently choosing not to take up the offer but are still being supported by outreach teams

Sarah Scott, director of public health at the county council and SCG chairperson said: The way in which all agencies are pulling together is really encouraging and should provide reassurance to communities that together we are doing everything possible to support them through these most challenging of times.

"You will have heard it many times already and will hear it many more over the coming days and weeks. 

"I make no apology for that - please, please, please don't be tempted to ignore the health advice and guidance. It is so simple but so important.

"By making the right choice of staying home, unless absolutely necessary to go out, you really are helping to save lives. Thank you in advance for doing your bit.

"No doubt there will be more challenges ahead but if we continue to work together we are best placed to over come them."

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