Keeping Reading Safe: Reading’s First Outbreak Engagement Board Set to Meet

READING’S first meeting of the newly formed COVID-19 Outbreak Engagement Board is set for 2pm on Friday 4 September.

Reading Borough Council has set up the Outbreak Engagement Board to involve its partners and the public in developing Reading’s plans to prevent and manage potential local outbreaks.

Like all official Council meetings under the current safety restrictions, it will take place virtually via Microsoft Teams. If you would like to take part in or watch the meeting, you need to register your interest in advance to receive a Teams link, so please email our Committee Services team (nicky.simpson@reading.gov.uk). The agenda for the meeting is available here: https://democracy.reading.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=368&MId=3424

Cllr Graeme Hoskin, Reading’s Lead Member for Health, said: “The lockdown has eased but is not over – and we all have a part to play to reduce the risk of a local outbreak.

“Keeping our residents safe is vital to us. We are all working to help prevent the spread of the virus and manage any local outbreaks. We want to work closely with our partners and with local residents to support effective local action and to keep everyone informed.

“The Outbreak Engagement Board will form an important part of our overall strategy to keep Reading safe.”

The first meeting will include questions from members of the public, an update on local data and overview of communications activities. The meeting will also consider learnings from other outbreaks as well as a detailed focus on COVID-19 impacts on Reading’s Black Asian and Minority Ethnic communities and how this is informing local planning.

A summary of Reading’s Local Outbreak Response Plan is available here:

Further information on coronavirus, including the impact on council services , as well as guidance on safety measures (Including translated material) can be accessed at www.reading.gov.uk/coronavirusinfo

The Council has also set up a dedicated contact email cv19notifications@reading.gov.uk  (or 0118 937 2707). The phone line will be open between 8am and 5pm on weekdays. Emails will be monitored between 8am and 5pm, 7 days a week.

People should use this:

  • If they been contacted about being a COVID-19 case or contact, and are not sure what to do
  • If they think there are cases in their workplace, school, organisation or other setting
  • If they have concerns about a business or premises not following COVID-19 guidance

The Council is also urging residents to follow the current safety guidance: If you have symptoms, stay home and contact NHS Test and Trace to arrange testing at www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or call 119.

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Victoria Nickless

For media enquiries about this release email victoria.nickless@reading.gov.uk or call 0118 937 3957