Doncaster’s Director of Public Health confronts Covid-19

Doncaster's Director of Public Health confronts Covid-19

Doncaster’s Director of Public Health confronts Covid-19

Doncaster’s Director of Public Health, Dr Rupert Suckling, has issued a statement confronting the reality of Covid-19 in the local area.

This follows Mayor Ros Jones’ announcement of a ‘Restart, Recovery and Renewal’ plan, in which she outlines how Doncaster can bounce back from this difficult period.

In a statement issued today, Dr Rupert Suckling said:

There’s no denying that recent times have been difficult for Doncaster – from the floods to the Coronavirus pandemic – but as always, the borough has pulled together brilliantly. 

“From today (24 July), it’s mandatory to wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets as well as on public transport and in hospitals.

“This is to help slow the spread of Coronavirus. You can read the government advice on face coverings here.

T”here are other things we should still be doing as well; in particular both maintaining physical distancing when we’re out and washing our hands regularly.

“Also, If you have any Coronavirus symptoms, you and anyone who lives in your household must self isolate and you should book a test for yourself immediately.

“Finally, it’s good to see some gyms and fitness venues starting to reopen across the borough from tomorrow. If you do visit, please follow all the safety measures in place to keep you, other visitors and staff safe.

“Let’s Do It For Doncaster!”

New figures have also revealed that more than 500 staff at Doncaster’s hospitals trust contracted Covid 19 during lockdown.

Figures peaked in May.

The report also stated:

“There has been a significant reduction in the number of symptomatic staff requiring testing with no positive test results since July 4, 2020.”

Richard Parker, chief executive at the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS trust, said:

“The efforts expended by colleagues at the trust throughout the past few months have been nothing short of extraordinary and for this I share my deep appreciation.

“In very short order, staff have adopted new ways of working, going above and beyond each and every day, often within the constraints of heavy-duty personal protective equipment as well as stringent infection prevention and control measures.”

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