Almost 10,000 vulnerable people across Leicestershire have been contacted and supported by social care staff working seven days a week

The impressive figure has been revealed by Leicestershire County Council as it thanked China’s Sichuan Province for donating 20,000 face masks

Monday, 25th May 2020, 12:16 pm
Updated Monday, 25th May 2020, 12:18 pm
Almost10,000 vulnerable people across Leicestershire have been contacted and supported by social care staff working seven days a week.

Almost 10,000 vulnerable people across Leicestershire have now been contacted and supported by social care staff working seven days a week.

The impressive figure has been revealed by Leicestershire County Council as it thanked China’s Sichuan Province for donating 20,000 face masks.

The council update says the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Leicestershire remains below both the East Midlands and national averages.

• A dedicated team is working round-the-clock to call people most at risk. Some 13,000 of the 24,000 people identified by the Government have registered for support – and nearly 10,000 of those have been contacted

• A central team is working non-stop to build up PPE stock – and the council is running an emergency PPE line at weekends for care homes

• Some 20,000 face masks donated to Leicestershire by Sichuan in China have arrived – and will bolster supplies for critical workers

• Over 230 emergency food parcels have been delivered • Seven waste sites, including Market Harborough’s on the Riverside industrial estate, have been re-opened

• Walking and cycling strategies are being reviewed – including links in and around market towns and into Leicester

• A stunning 160 voluntary groups have received a slice of £1.5 million set up to support communities.

Cllr Nick Rushton, who leads Leicestershire County Council, said: “Our extensive response to the coronavirus outbreak is continuing – and supporting vulnerable people remains our number one priority.

“Coming back from coronavirus is also key – and it will be vastly different from any other emergency.”

He added: “Many of our vital services are still running but some have been stood down or adapted.

“Our focus is on bringing back services carefully, sticking to Government guidelines, supporting local communities and boosting the economy.”