Gateshead Council Struggling Amid Staff Isolating Due To Omicron Cases

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The leader of Gateshead Council has said that council services are struggling due to staff having to isolate, due to the rise in Omicron cases.

He also added that the public ‘must take whatever steps they can’ to reduce the risk of catching Coronavirus. From good hygiene, to getting a booster jab.

Martin Gannon said in a statement:

“We are facing increasing pressure due to Covid-19 and staff absence.
 
We recognise that disruption to public services is frustrating, but like all parts of the country, we are being hit by the infectious nature of Omicron and how quickly this is spreading through our communities. It is important and necessary for anyone who tests positive, and unvaccinated close contacts, to self-isolate, regardless of whether they feel unwell. Along with vaccination, this is our best way out of the pandemic.  
 
A number of Council areas, including public-facing services such as social care, are being impacted by staff absences in a service which supports our most vulnerable residents, and at a time when we’re working hard to support the wider health response to the pandemic.  The position is changing daily, which will likely result in a change to the services we can offer.  
 
We’re doing all we can to minimise disruption to local services, but the situation is fluid.  Cases are rising at an unprecedented rate in Gateshead.  In the 7 days up to and including 3 January there have been 4278 new cases.  29th December 2020 saw the highest number of cases in Gateshead so far during the entire pandemic, with 708 cases in that day alone.
 
Please help us to keep our services running by taking whatever steps you can to reduce your risk of catching and spreading Covid-19. Get your vaccinations and boosters as soon as you can, carry out regular lateral flow tests, wear a face covering and stay at home if you feel unwell. 

You can also help us to work more efficiently by using our online services wherever you can. We’re working hard to ensure that everyone gets the help they need as quickly as possible, but unfortunately some delays are inevitable. Please be patient and respectful of our staff.
 
As always, the health and wellbeing of our residents and staff remains our first priority. Thank you for your support and understanding.”

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