Derbyshire County Council leader praises frontline service workers amid covid-19 concerns

The Leader of Derbyshire County Council has thanked people working in key jobs during the coronavirus pandemic and has reassured residents that the authority will provide local residents with help and support.

You can listen to our full interview with Councillor Barry Lewis here on the county's plans to respond the the outbreak:

Cllr Lewis told us: "People working in those key jobs out there, our social workers, teachers and frontline care workers and so on, they have my massive admiration and respect for the work they're doing out there and my thanks as well. I know that everybody in Derbyshire will give them their huge support for the job that they're doing.

"In terms of our residents that are concerned about this, we are there. There will be ways by the end of this week that you'll find to contact us. There will be groups out there, there'll be people in your communities who are willing to help and will be tapped into our response unit and be able to point you in the right direction to make sure you get all that help and support you need.

"Until that point, and I hope everyone stays as safe as possible, it's all about good hygiene, hand washing and following the rules on social isolation if you have a cough or a high temperature and contacting 111.

"For everybody else, the over 70's or anybody who has underlying conditions, practising that social distancing for the foreseeable future and making sure that you're safe. 

Cllr Lewis also explained the idea behind the council's response unit: "The idea behind that is to bring all those agencies that are out there so all the other district and borough councils, working with parish and town councils where necessary as well as local groups, volunteer organisations just to provide that support for residents out there." 


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