A Coranavirus Update from East Riding of Yorkshire Councillors John Dennis, Sue Steel and Mike Bryan, the Ward Members for South West Holderness:
The East Riding of Yorkshire Council, together with nearby Local Authorities and many other Agencies would like to stress that they are working hand-in-hand to tackle Covid-19.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact all of our lives, thousands of ‘key workers’ across the Humber region are working tirelessly around the clock to keep their communities fed, in touch and ultimately safe. And for this, we must be eternally grateful.
Lorry drivers, post office workers, bus drivers and, of course, NHS/Social Care staff are rightly being praised and appreciated by the whole country for their unwavering efforts in the face of a frightening, unpredictable virus.
At a more local level, Humberside Police are still patrolling our streets and responding to 999 and 101 calls. Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and regional Ambulance Services continue to provide around the clock fire and paramedic cover in every corner of the Region
Local Authorities are becoming the hubs for social care and are providing support and advice around such varied things as business support and mental health, whilst healthcare providers are helping the most vulnerable with their changing medical needs.
These organisations are not only working in their own areas in terms of role and geography, but they come together every day to plan the next phase of the battle against Covid-19.
The Humber Local Resilience Forum (Humber LRF) brings together all of these responding agencies and other relevant organisations to plan for and respond to large incidents and emergencies such as flooding, a significant industrial fire or in this case, a health pandemic. The Forum meets regularly and is involved in many live or table-top exercises to plan for exceptional circumstances. Between meetings, all the agencies’ staff work together coordinated by the Humber Emergency Planning team.
Cllr Dennis states “The messages put out by central government and locally by the police and local authorities to self isolate and avoid large gatherings in public, are on the whole, being heard and adhered to by the public. I want to thank the vast majority of people who are staying at home and practicing good social distancing.
“To those who continue to flout the advice, I would say that the threat from this virus is very real and if we can stop it spreading so quickly, we can take pressure off our NHS, enable them to flatten the curve, slow the spread and in turn, save many lives. Please therefore continue to follow the guidelines issued nationally and locally.
“We plan for every eventuality, even the worse ones. Only by all working closely together in these unprecedented times will we be able to save as many lives as we possibly can.”
Cllr Dennis adds “As we always knew, this event would be unprecedented but we must keep up the precautions and continue to Stay at Home, Help the NHS and Wash Our Hands. Hopefully we’ll see the light at the end of the tunnel, and a return to some normality, before too long.”
Cllr John Dennis. FRICS
Ward Member S W Holderness