WARWICKSHIRE has been selected to take part in the early roll out of the Government’s new £300 million test and trace work in the fight against the pandemic.
Warwickshire County Council (WCC), alongside Coventry City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority, will be working together with district and borough councils, local NHS colleagues and Public Health England.
Warwickshire will be leading the pilot to develop tailored plans aimed at identifying and containing outbreaks in places such as schools, care homes and work places.
It is hoped this localised approach will in turn help limit the spread of the virus.
WCC leader Coun Izzi Seccombe said: “We are well placed to do this work – our Public Health colleagues bring a wealth of professional experience in testing and tracing – and our track record of working in partnership is excellent.
“Of course, this is a ringing endorsement of the quality of the health partnerships in the area and I am delighted that we have been selected as one of 11 beacon councils to lead this work.
“But what is most important is that, by leading on test and trace, our residents are benefiting hugely from the early identification and necessary action so that we can put up a real barrier against the spread of the virus and protect our residents against increased transmission. It is a huge step for the region.”