The coronavirus outbreak has seriously impacted the United Kingdom and, like everywhere else in the country, has affected North East Derbyshire, too.
Whilst most people who contract coronavirus will suffer only mild symptoms for a temporary period, we know it more affects some people more seriously and, in a small number of cases, can have extremely serious consequences, including death.
Recent months have not been easy and thank you to everyone who has followed the Government advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. We have made good progress in flattening the curve, reducing the number of people who are infected and ensuring the NHS could cope with the demand from those affected. Our new priority is to make sure we can re-open the country and the economy as quickly as possible whilst ensuring the virus stays under control and infections remain low. The Government is issuing regular guidance on what to do and how to approach this fast-moving and difficult situation. And we know that the guidance can never cover absolutely every scenario so, in general, the advice remains to stay alert, use common sense and take precautions.
Regular, updated guidance on coronavirus can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus. This includes information about what to do if you have symptoms, all of the Government support that has come forward and if guidance if you have specific issues you need to find out more about.
Locally, there is a huge amount of work happening, coordinated by our local Councils and volunteers, to ensure that everyone who needs help gets it. Should you have any issues and need to self-isolate, please see Derbyshire County Council's website (www.derbyshire.gov.uk) and North East Derbyshire (www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk) for assistance.
Weekly infection rates for North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield are published by the Government. I will place that information on my Facebook page on a regular basis: www.facebook.com/lee4ned.
And, if you have any questions, issues or difficulties, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us on 439222 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try our best to help. Please stay safe.