Statement from Cllr Runciman, Executive Member for Adult Social Care & Health
For several months now we have been lobbying the Government to share the Pillar 2 data with local authorities, including letters and calls, as it records testing results from the wider community rather than only hospitals. It is crucial that local authorities are provided with complete testing data in order to understand the extent of the infection rate present in the community. The Government has finally acknowledged our requests and very recently, City of York Council’s Public Health Department has now been provided with the Pillar 2 data, which has been published and made available.
The Director of Public Health has also received a notification that following lobbying the Government intends to start publishing all Pillar 2 data at a more detailed Local Authority level this week. We welcome this announcement and urge the Government to provide local authorities with accurate Post Code data in order to focus our public health work where it will be most effective.
The York data does not warrant any need for immediate concern, but our collective effort is not over. We must continue to be vigilant particularly as our city reopens. I would like to thank residents and businesses for all they have done so far and encourage everyone to adhere to social distancing rules, wear face covering on public transport and in crowded places, and wash their hands thoroughly and frequently.
Cllr Carol Runciman
Executive Member for Adult Social Care & Health