Covid-19 cases continue to rise in Richmondshire as council pledges continued support to the vulnerable

More than 100 Richmondshire residents have tested positive for Covid-19 in seven days, new data shows.

The updated figures come as the nation enters lockdown for the second time and council officials say support will continue to be made available for those who need it.

Official Government figures show there were 101 confirmed cases between October 28 and November 3. There has been a total of 755 positive tests in the district since the pandemic began.

However, separate data from the Office for National Statistics show there have been no deaths of Richmondshire residentes who had tested positive for coronavirus virus since July.

Meanwhile, as the nation enters lockdown for a second time, North Yorkshire County Council says support for residents available during first lockdown in March will continue throughout November and beyond.

County council chief executive Richard Flinton said: “This is an important moment for the county and the nation. We must take this opportunity to drive down the level of infection that we see across the county and nationally to come out the other side with significantly reduced rates to enable us to improve the way we live with the virus.

“In North Yorkshire, we have really strong communities and people who care for each other within them, for which we are hugely grateful. Whether you volunteer through a community support organisation or help a neighbour, you’re part of the Team North Yorkshire effort keeping our communities safe.

“There will be challenges, but I expect those small acts of kindness we have come to regard as the norm in North Yorkshire to carry on, with people looking out for neighbours.

“Alongside that, we have the organised volunteer effort with our 23 community support organisations, which have received additional funding from the county council. These have volunteers in place and provide another line of support for people across the county. We are also writing to people who are clinically extremely vulnerable and at higher risk of serious illness from coronavirus to reassure them that support is there where needed in every community.

“We are working together to make sure we all get through this together, and I have confidence in the people of North Yorkshire.”

Since March, the county council has worked with the county’s seven district and borough councils and community organisations across North Yorkshire to coordinate volunteer and community support, ensuring everyone who needs help has someone they can call on. People who need support with shopping, prescriptions, caring for pets and other essentials are encouraged to contact family, friends, neighbours or groups to which they belong. North Yorkshire residents without those local networks, or anyone concerned about the welfare of someone else, can contact the county council’s customer service centre on 01609 780780.

The centre is open seven days a week, 8am to 5.30pm.

Find details of other local voluntary and community groups offering support at www.northyorkshireconnect.org.uk.

Find local businesses offering food deliveries and takeaways in your area on the Buy Local directory at www.northyorks.gov.uk/buy-local.

If you are checking on neighbours and people in the communities who might need help and support during the lockdown, find advice on how to help safely at www.northyorks.gov.uk/how-you-can-help-during-coronavirus-covid-19

For more information about the help available, including a link to the latest Government advice for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, go to www.northyorks.gov.uk/coronavirus.