A new survey has launched this week asking Somerset residents to have their say on how the Coronavirus pandemic is impacting on their lives.
The purpose of the Somerset Covid-19 Survey is to understand the barriers people are facing adhering to the government guidance to stop the spread of the virus.
Somerset Public Health team and the Somerset Covid-19 Engagement Board want to hear from as many people as possible across the county so that they can use the feedback to shape the local response to the pandemic.
The survey will cover a number of areas including Covid-19 testing, whether people have become more isolated as a result of the pandemic, how the guidance around local alert levels and the Hands, Face, Space campaign has been understood, as well as views on how others are adhering to the guidance.
Trudi Grant, Director of Somerset Public Health, said: “Along with the rest of the country, Somerset has seen a rise in cases of Covid-19.
“The Covid-19 Somerset Survey aims to improve our understanding of how the coronavirus is impacting on people’s lives across the county.
“This feedback will enable us to tailor our Covid-19 response to the needs of Somerset’s residents and make sure we provide the appropriate support.”
Cllr Clare Paul, Somerset County Council Cabinet Member for Public Health said: “We would like to ensure our residents and communities feel valued and empowered, knowing their voices can make a difference in helping to shape the council’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We want to obtain views from individuals from all backgrounds to ensure that diverse perspectives, ideas and priorities are heard.”
The Somerset Covid-19 Survey launches today (Friday, 30 October) and will close on Friday 13 November.
To take part in the survey, please go to: www.somerset.gov.uk/covidsurvey
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The Somerset Covid-19 Engagement Board is a virtual meeting and is chaired by County Council Leader David Fothergill and members include Somerset’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, district councils and Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens. Its role is to lead and enable engagement and communication with public, communities and partner organisations in the effective management of the COVID-19 epidemic in Somerset.
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