Dorset given £1.2M to support 'Test & Trace' system

Dorset given £1.2M to support 'Test & Trace' system

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 6:33am 17th June 2020.

Dorset Council's been given £1.2 million to support the new Test and Trace system.

It's part of a £300 million package for England that will help communities reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The government says local authorities are central to the NHS Test and Trace service.

The funding will help Dorset Council develop an action plan to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the county

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Work is being led by local authority leaders and local directors of public health in charge of planning, and will build on existing efforts to respond to coronavirus locally.

They are working in close partnership with local hospitals, GP practices, businesses, religious groups, schools and charities.

Minister for Patient Safety, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health, Nadine Dorries, said:

"Local authorities play a vital role in the effort to contain COVID-19 in their communities.

"The funding awarded today will help each local area work hand in hand with Public Health England and contact tracers to focus on the containment of local outbreaks, to control the transmission of this virus.

"The public response to the rollout of NHS Test and Trace has been fantastic, and we continue to rely on everyone to play their part and follow the latest guidelines.

"If you have symptoms of the virus, please book a test immediately and if you are contacted by the tracing service, it is vital that you follow their advice."