Coronavirus: Major incident declared in Staffordshire

MORE than 500,000 people across the UK have answered an appeal from Health Secretary Matt Hancock for volunteers to help the NHS and its support agencies in combating COVID-19 (coronavirus)
It should be welcome news for the Staffordshire Resilience Forum (SRF), as the demand for multi-agency activity has reached an unprecedented level, with over 100 people now confirmed to have the virus across the county.
The actual figure is thought to be much higher as many people have yet to be tested.
The situation in Staffordshire has now been declared a ‘major incident’
Dr Richard Harling, Director for Health and Care at Staffordshire County Council, is chairing the Strategic Coordinating Group, which is overseeing the multi-agency response.
He said: “Everyone is now aware that we are facing a unique challenge, with the Government addressing the nation on a daily basis.
“Declaring a major incident now is a way of making sure all public sector agencies and our partners can work together, share resources where necessary, and better anticipate and deal with challenges.
He added: “Pooling resources is important because we know we will face challenges, particularly the likelihood that more staff will be self-isolating in the coming weeks and that will strain resources. We will be better able to do things jointly, such as and informing people in relation to any particular localised issues.
“Working together is something that we do all the time in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and the action we are now taking is simply aimed at making that process even more joined-up.”
“It is important that people continue following the advice from Public Health England and the Government.”