This note provides an update on the information posted on this blog last week (19.6.20).
Key messages for today
- We’re unlocking services and facilities slowly – inline with Welsh Government guidance and scientific evidence on Covid-19.
- We’re working closely with lead agency, Public Health Wales, on responding to the situation at Rowan Foods.
- Schools across the county borough will be reopening on Monday.
Ian Bancroft – Chief Executive
Mark Pritchard – Leader of the Council
Unlocking services, reopening schools and keeping you safe
As restrictions ease, councils across the UK are starting to ‘unlock’ local services and facilities.
Here in Wrexham, we’ve reopened our town centre for non-essential shopping this week, and our schools will reopen this Monday.
We’re doing this slowly and in-line with Welsh Government guidance and scientific evidence on Covid-19.
This is because the threat of Covid-19 hasn’t gone away, and the safety of our communities is our highest priority.
People’s health comes first. Always.
You’ll have read about the situation connected with Rowan Foods on Wrexham Industrial Estate.
We’re working very closely with lead agency, Public Health Wales, and an update issued earlier today confirmed that 166 cases have now been identified in the workforce at the factory.
This doesn’t mean the infection is increasing…increased testing will inevitably lead to more cases being identified. But it does remind us that Covid-19 is still here.
Dr Robin Howe, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, says: “Testing of the workforce associated with an outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Wrexham area is continuing.
“We are in the process of combining information to identify the full scope of the ongoing testing process and total number of positive cases.
“To date a total of 166 cases have been identified, an increase of 69 cases reported in the past 24-hours.
“The identification of additional cases does not mean that the infection is increasing. However, it also reminds us that COVID-19 has not gone away and remains in the community.”
You can read the full update from PHW on its website.
Schools reopen on Monday
If you’re a parent or carer, you’ll know that schools across the county borough will be reopening on Monday.
Your school will have been in touch with you to confirm when your child will be able to attend.
The aim is to give pupils a chance to “check in, catch up and prepare for September.”
If there’s any circumstances that affect a particular school reopening, parents will be contacted by the individual school.
The health of our communities comes first…always
We all still have a huge part to play in the fight against coronavirus.
It’s up to every one of us to keep following the rules – keep sticking to social distancing, washing our hands, doing the right thing to help keep ourselves and others safe.
And as council, we want you to be confident that we will keep unlocking services and facilities slowly and carefully…in line with the latest guidance from Welsh Government and scientific evidence.
The health of our communities comes first.
Please stay safe.
If you have a persistent cough, high temperature or loss of taste or smell, you may have coronavirus. Stay home. Book a test. Coronavirus symptoms? You must stay home and request a test as soon as possible. —Get a test. Stop the spread. Keep Wales safe. https://t.co/pxaiTqwyhw pic.twitter.com/lmHaklFlGL
— Wrexham Council (@wrexhamcbc) June 24, 2020
Reminder – reliable sources of information about Covid-19
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