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Lincolnshire leaders appeal for residents to follow coronavirus regulations

Lincolnshire's public health boss says there is no reason to change the county's coronavirus alert level yet but is calling on residents to follow safety guidance.

Lincolnshire Outbreak Engagement Board (LOEB) has been set up with political representatives from Lincolnshire County Council and the district councils, the local enterprise partnership, plus the clinical commissioning group and NHS providers, Healthwatch and the police and crime commissioner.

Speaking at today's meeting director of public health Derek Ward said: "Looking at our current data, in my professional opinion, there is no reason to change our alert level at this point. But we do urge everybody to remember – hands, face, space."

Coun Martin Hill, leader of Lincolnshire County Council. (40485327)
Coun Martin Hill, leader of Lincolnshire County Council. (40485327)

A Covid-19 Health Protection Board (HPB) has also been set up to provide further expert insight and guidance.

"We are monitoring a wide range of numbers which would give an early warning of a small area or whole county resurgence of Covid-19 in Lincolnshire" said Councillor Martin Hill, chair of the LOEB and leader of Lincolnshire County Council.

"These include the results of testing carried out by our residents and hospital admissions for the disease, but also include things like sickness absence rates in some of our bigger public sector employers.

"Although the rates everywhere else are much lower, infection rates in Lincoln itself have gone up recently but we aren't anticipating that it will mean moving into any other tiers at this stage. But we are being vigilant and will do what is necessary going forward.

"Our message from the LOEB this morning is that there is a 'status quo' but we are very much alert to circumstances changing."

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