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Track and trace finds everyone in the area

Created on 07/07/2020 @ 07:21
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The Test, Track and Trace scheme has so far found everyone it has needed in the area, according to a report.

At a meeting of Powys County Council's Economy, Residents, Communities and Governance scrutiny committee,  councillors were given a briefing on how coronavirus contact tracing is working in the county.

Director of environment and economy, Nigel Brinn, told councillors that Powys County Council (PCC) and Powys Teaching Health Board (PTHB) were working together on the project.

Councillor James Gibson-Watt, said: “Because we have a much more localised approach in Wales building on the experience of public health and environmental health, we are able to identify down to postcode, that’s why we’re getting the 100 per cent response, is that a fair reading?”

Mr Brinn added: “I would say so. Staff response has been fantastic they’re working all sorts of hours because it’s their communities.”

TTP programme manager, Nicola Wheeler, added: “Staff have been really passionate about doing the work they have gone above and beyond.

“We’re keen to keep that within Powys and not bringing any external company to do the work on our behalf now or in the future really.”

Mr Brinn said that at the outset they had expected to need four teams of 19 to do the work, but they were running with one at the moment.

This is made up of a manager, clinical lead and four contact tracers from PTHB, then 12 contact advisors and an administrator from PCC.

The PCC staff involved all come from the pool of redeployed staff from other departments.

Mr Brinn added that other teams would be rolled out if needed.

“Hopefully we will not require them,” he said.

5,393 tests have been carried out within Powys.

There have been 5.5 per cent Covid-19 positive results which compares to 8.4 per cent across Wales.

28 people who tested positive and all their contacts were traced between June 1 and June 28.

The appropriate self-isolation advice and guidance has been provided to all such contacts.

Outside of Powys, the team helped Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in North Wales trace 20 people and all the people they had been in contact with, from both coronavirus outbreaks at meat factories on Anglesey and in Wrexham.


By Elgan Hearn, Local Democracy Reporting Service



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