Dundee City Council is working closely with partners across the city to deal with the ongoing impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Officers are monitoring the local situation daily and following the advice given by government and NHS public health experts. The council continues to consider appropriate actions based on the national guidance.
This week (Monday 24 - Friday 28 May):
- Health officials have made a plea to locals in the face of a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in the city;
- Local residents encouraged to take up asymptomatic testing at Dundee International Sports Centre (DISC);
- Commitment to inclusive growth in COVID-19 recovery;
- Radio campaign launched to encourage asymptomatic testing across the region;
- Biodiversity and naturalised grasslands consultation results published.
A plea has been issued for help from the people of Dundee, and the wider Tayside population, following a significant increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 in the city, with the variant first identified in India now circulating in the area.
The NHS Tayside Director of Public Health Dr Emma Fletcher said: “I am very concerned about the significant rise in the number of cases of the virus in Dundee over the last week.
“It is very important for every single one of us that we quickly get on top of this developing situation and slow down the spread of the virus, and we need everyone’s help to do this. We have done so well in Tayside but it’s vital that we all act now and continue to work together to drive the number of new cases back down.
“My plea to the people of Tayside and particularly in Dundee is to isolate immediately if you have any symptoms and get tested even if you don’t have any symptoms.
“Also, please get both doses of the vaccine when you are offered it to ensure you gain maximum protection against the virus.”
The community drop-in testing sites for members of the public who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 will now be at the Dundee International Sports Centre (DISC) on three additional days per week.
The mobile testing vans will now visit DISC on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from today (Friday 28th May) until Monday 14th June when the situation will be reviewed.
The testing sites are walk-in and there is no need to book an appointment. However, to make the process quicker, you can book in advance and pre-register your details by phoning 0300 303 2713.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should book a test in the usual way via www.nhsinform.scot or by calling 0800 028 2816.
Elsewhere, Council leader John Alexander has joined more than 60 mayors and local authority leaders from around the world in a renewed commitment for inclusive growth and pledged to support youth through COVID-19 recovery initiatives at the 5th anniversary meeting of the OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth, held today.
He said: “We have a vital role to play in ensuring the COVID-19 recovery strategies in our cities are truly inclusive and will deliver the opportunities necessary for our communities to thrive.
“I am proud to make this pledge and commit to supporting and empowering young people towards a bright future.”
The pledge commits to improving youth access to local services, improving access to local economic opportunities and labour markets, and creating pathways for youth engagement in local public life.
Meanwhile, a radio campaign is being launched encouraging people to get tested for Coronavirus – even if they don’t have symptoms.
The adverts – running on Tay FM – advise that many people who have Covid-19 have no symptoms and can spread the virus without realising it.
Mobile community testing is now available across Tayside. It’s free and members of the public don’t need to book in advance.
Further information on test sites is available on the Tayside Cares website.
The radio campaign, created in conjunction with NHS Tayside and neighbouring local authorities, starts today and will run for two weeks.
Lastly, the results of the council’s recent Biodiversity and Naturalised Grasslands consultation on proposals for 27 potential sites in city parks and open spaces have been released.
The consultation process took place at the end of 2020 after the council received feedback from local people expressing their enjoyment at seeing longer grass in green spaces and the subsequent wildlife, following the suspension of grounds maintenance services due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
The results and more information on each of the individual sites can be viewed on the Dundee City Council website.
The full list of council services affected by Coronavirus can be found on the Dundee City Council website.
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