North Yorkshire’s emergency services have gone into “full emergency mode” due to a rise in coronavirus cases and nationwide issues with testing capacity.
As part of the move, local testing facilities have been redirected to work with the areas in greatest need, care homes are receiving extra support, and the reopening of social care day services has been paused.
In particular, the North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum (NYLRF) – which includes the emergency services, local authorities and the NHS – has said Selby, Harrogate and parts of Scarborough and Craven have rising numbers of cases.
The NYLRF added that there is growing evidence of community transmissions in Whitby, Sherburn-in-Elmet and the Crosshills area.
Richard Flinton, the chief executive of North Yorkshire County Council, said: “Together, over the last six months, all of us who live and work in North Yorkshire have made a huge effort to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19 locally.
“We thank everybody again for their many sacrifices. However, as we have seen nationally and around the world, cases are rising again and the threat of the virus is a real and present danger.”
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