Agenda and draft minutes

Covid-19 Recovery Working Group
Thursday, 17th December, 2020 6.30 pm

Venue: Zoom - Online. View directions

Items
No. Item

51.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Simon Carter and Tony Durcan.

52.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

None.

53.

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Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting on 19 November 2020 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

54.

Matters Arising

Minutes:

None.

55.

Update on Council Position Following Move to Tier 3

Minutes:

The Working Group received an update following Harlow’s placement into Tier 3. It was explained that the infection rate had risen to 301.2 per 100,000 and this had increased rapidly following a period of stable infection rates. In particular the infection rate among over 60’s had been growing at a faster rate than the rest of the population.

 

Brian Keane, Chief Executive, said that discussions were ongoing with the County Council and the Department for Health about additional testing facilities in Harlow.

 

The other issue was compliance and communications were vital in addressing this. A screen had been installed in Broadwalk and the Council had a number of Covid Ambassadors and Wardens. The Council had also sent out a leaflet and continued to operate the Community Hub.

 

Andrew Bramidge, Head of Environment and Planning, said that the Council had been asked to assist with contact tracing of people in Harlow.

 

The Working Group asked that the recovery plans were reviewed at the next meeting of the Working Group.

 

The Working Group also expressed concern about the lack of figures being provided by the Hospital Trust and it was agreed that Brian Keane would speak to Princess Alexandra Hospital about this.

56.

Date of Next Meeting

Minutes:

The next meeting would be moved from 7 January to a date to be fixed later in January.

57.

Matters of Urgent Business

Minutes:

None.