Focus on Hampshire’s response to Coronavirus – how the County Council is protecting the community during the COVID-19 outbreak

Hampshire County Council’s Cabinet will review a report summarising the extraordinary steps the organisation has taken to protect Hampshire during the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak when it meets for its first virtual meeting on 15 May

May 6 2020

Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Keith Mans, said: “We’ve had to adapt quickly – harnessing technology to deliver our democratic mandate and run this meeting is a case in point.  Most importantly we have swiftly re-focussed resources to ensure the needs of Hampshire’s communities, particularly the most vulnerable, are met during the Coronavirus outbreak.  

“As the public health lead, our effective collaboration with partners under the umbrella of the Local Resilience Forum has ensured that our local health and care system is able to cope with the pandemic. Hampshire’s residents should feel proud that - by listening to advice and staying at home - they have helped ensure sufficient capacity in our local health services for those who have become ill.”

The reports to be considered by the Cabinet summarise the actions the County Council has taken as the crisis has developed including coping with the challenges faced by care homes, caring for vulnerable children, supporting the local economy and re-positioning public-facing services. Cabinet members will also be examining the financial costs and consequences of the Coronavirus outbreak, and the impact this is likely to have on the County Council’s savings programmes and income.

In addition to the review on the current situation, Cabinet will be asked to endorse the County Council’s proposed recovery processes, and consider how the County Council plans to move towards restoring the well-being of Hampshire’s communities and economy.

Councillor Mans continued: “The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we each live, work and interact with one another in ways I could have never imagined.  It is a difficult and anxious time for many people. But we keep going, we are doing what needs to be done, and I am truly heartened by the extraordinary efforts people are making to tackle this enormous and fast evolving situation – at the County Council, at our partner organisations, within the Voluntary Sector and by each and every Hampshire resident.”

The full reports are available at: https://democracy.hants.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=134&MId=6847