Newport Council Helps During Pandemic
Newport Council distributes more than two million personal protective equipment (PPE) to social providers and schools.
05:49 21 September 2020
Newport City Council has distributed more than two million items of personal protection equipment (PPE) during the coronavirus pandemic, a report on the city council's coronavirus response has confirmed. Among the recipients are schools across Newport and social care providers.
So far, the council has delivered 28,425 visors and goggles, 947,400 gloves, 591,200 aprons and 620,250 face masks. The report comes a month after the Welsh Government's announcement making face masks mandatory for those aged over 11 in public indoor spaces.
The report states: "Coronavirus has placed "significant pressures on delivering frontline care and support at both residential and non-residential settings.
"The council has to manage accessing the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect both staff, residents and service users.
"Day service delivery drivers have been delivered PPE all social care providers and schools across Newport."
In addition to PPEs, the council also loaned 1,300 mobile WiFi devices and more than 800 devices with license costs to support 2,565 school students who were found to be "digitally excluded" from accessing online technology during the lockdown.