Message from Julia Burrows, Director of Public Health, Barnsley – 23 April 2021

This week I was pleased to share my annual Director of Public Health report, based on diary entries that residents submitted on Tuesday 3 November 2020. We asked people who live or work in Barnsley to tell us how the Coronavirus pandemic impacted their daily lives and physical and mental health. We’ll use the information to make sure we’re providing the best services, and it will influence our COVID-19 recovery plans, Health and Wellbeing Board strategy, Public Health strategy, and much more. I’m really grateful to everyone who shared a snapshot of their experience of living through a pandemic. Thank you.

You can read the Director of Public Health annual report 2020 in full or read a summary in a press release about the Director of Public Health annual report 2020. 

As we continue our journey out of lockdown, I’m sure many of you will have been enjoying meeting safely in your gardens and outside at pubs and restaurants and hope this has been a welcome relaxation after so many months of restrictions.  

It’s a more positive picture regarding Barnsley’s case rates too this week. Although our rates are still relatively high, compared with those seen nationally, they continue to reduce and are in line with other South Yorkshire areas.

It is a steadier picture than we have seen in some time, which is great news and my thanks go to you all for doing all you can to reduce transmission.

The key to continuing this encouraging picture is the progression of the vaccination programme, continuing with a cautious approach to recovery (alongside the national roadmap) and working together to support people facing health, social, economic, and other challenges, as outlined in my annual report.

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