Coronavirus in Haringey: 17 confirmed cases as council and community rally to support the vulnerable self-isolating
PUBLISHED: 12:21 18 March 2020 | UPDATED: 13:22 18 March 2020
Coronavirus has spread rapidly across the country with 17 confirmed cases in Haringey but an unknown number undiagnosed – while the community has rallied to support those self-isolating.
Muswell Hill Soup Kitchen switched from a restaurant set-up to a takeaway service to ensure people self-isolating could access food, drink and household staples.
On Monday, Fortismere School closed for a “deep clean” amid the outbreak, as one parent expressed concern, saying: “A one-day closure for deep clean does not seem like an adequate response – I’m really concerned for the safety of my daughter.”
Representatives from the NHS and police, adult social care, housing workers, and members of the voluntary sector met with Haringey Council to create an action plan to protect rough sleepers.
Haringey Council leader Josph Ejiofor urged residents to follow public health advice, saying: “We might not be able to do everything that we used to do at the same pace we used to do it because we will need to prioritise services for people over things like potholes.”
He added: “It’s important we remain best able to deliver the most important services that our residents rely on.”
Dr Will Maimaris, Haringey’s director of public health, said the council was responding to the outbreak by supporting vulnerable people without statutory social care.
He said: “There is a wider group of vulnerable people who don’t have our statutory social care services and we are really focusing on how we identify those people – for example the homeless and people who use hard drugs and alcohol – to make sure they’re protected and supported if they have to self-isolate.”
Visit the NHS website at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ for health advice.
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