Worcestershire County Council leader, Simon Geraghty, has written this message about the council's response to Covid-19. It is part of a special feature in several local newspapers this week.
The last few months have been an extraordinary period for all of us. Our collective efforts, together with the work of health and social care colleagues and all the other essential workers have helped to save lives, reduce the spread of the virus and deliver vital services.
Working as “One Worcestershire” the County Council and our districts have focused on protecting the most vulnerable, coordinating our community response and responding rapidly to the challenges posed by this emergency.
It is encouraging to see our county taking its first steps out of the lockdown. We appreciate that the pandemic is not over and we must all continue to take sensible precautions but it’s important that some of our children are returning to school, businesses are beginning to reopen and more people are returning to work.
In doing so we will not forget that our most vulnerable residents continue to need to be shielded from the risk of infection. We will do everything we can to help them, protect our care home residents and roll out Test and Trace to make sure new outbreaks are detected and contained.
We are making plans for a level of normality to return. We have safely reopened most of our Household Recycling Centres and we are working together to make sure that our town centres are safe places to visit.
Our highways maintenance teams are working again, making sure that our roads are kept in a good condition. Work has restarted on many of the County’s long-term infrastructure projects. Together with the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership we are responding to the economic challenges that the virus and associated lockdown have caused.
By working together I am confident that Worcestershire will again be the county that we know is an excellent place to live, work, visit and invest.
Councillor Simon Geraghty, Leader of Worcestershire County Council