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Extra help for people suffering coronavirus symptoms

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People who test positive for coronavirus are being given an extra layer of support with the launch of ‘welfare checks’ by health officials.

Dudley Council will be calling people who test positive to check they have everything they need and to offer further support.

The move is part of a raft of measures aimed at controlling the virus and continuing to support people who need it.

It includes helping people get essential supplies such as food and medicine or linking up with financial support services. There will also be mental wellbeing checks and support offered for those feeling isolated or lonely.

Officials will also help support the test and trace initiative by gathering information on how the virus was passed on and hep and support in minimising the spread.

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said:

There has been lots of work to help control the spread of the virus but we are also aware that there will be those people who unfortunately fall ill to coronavirus. It is essential we offer support to these people and link them up with a range of help from food to finance.
We will continue to do all we can to help control this virus and support people who need help.

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