Rochdale Borough Council's leader has spoken of his pride at the tireless work being done to support local care homes and protect residents and frontline staff from coronavirus (COVID-19).
Councillor Allen Brett said the council's range of proactive measures had supported and protected the care sector from day 1 of the pandemic.
He paid special tribute to the work of frontline care staff who were continuing to work round the clock to support older and vulnerable residents across the borough.
The leader said any death across the care sector was a tragedy and the council's work to support the local care sector was ongoing. He added that measures were in place to ensure all frontline staff could access testing.
He also welcomed the additional government cash the Rochdale had received, to help support the robust Covid-19 infection control measures already put in place by the council.
'As council leader I want to say how much pride there is at the amazing work of all frontline staff'
Councillor Brett said: "As council leader I want to say how much pride there is at the amazing work of all frontline staff who have worked tirelessly to help, support and care for our most vulnerable residents. Their sterling efforts have helped to save lives and provide vital support for the vulnerable.
"I have no doubt that our proactive initiatives, like procuring vital Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from day one, quickly passing on government cash to support the sector, ensuring vital beds were available and regularly communicating our messages to care homes have helped to make a difference. We also took over the Norton Grange hotel on 27 March to create somewhere for symptomatic patients to convalesce and key workers who needed to isolate from families. There is still a lot of hard work still to do and the extra cash will help us deliver our dedicated care support."
Councillor Brett added: "I can provide assurance that our robust support will continue over the coming weeks and months. The safety and wellbeing of our residents and care workers has been our number one priority throughout."