Thank you to those of you who responded to the survey we circulated last month. It was very heartening to hear that the majority of you both use and value the briefing. There was a strong wish for the briefing to continue. From next week, we will be moving to a fortnightly briefing. The format will also change, with a move to a predominantly email briefing with additional information attached as appropriate. With the changes to testing, we will be stopping providing a summary of the COVID position in the Highland region, but will continue to provide the links to the online information, should anyone wish it. The main focus of the briefing will be on the areas people highlighted that were particularly beneficial, such as information on – weather warnings/fire risks; funding; welfare/poverty reduction and resilience; and information on mental health and wellness. We shall also consider how to address some of the additional suggestions such as information on consultations, emergency planning, roads information. We will continue to send ad hoc information such as immediate weather warnings. We will also continue to review the briefing with you as we go forward and please do feel free to let us know your thoughts. All COVID-19 legal protective measures have now been lifted although guidance remains in place. Case numbers continue to reduce however transmission is still a risk. This week’s briefing is attached and contains information on:
- The current number of COVID cases across Highland.
- Scottish Government Guidance
- Testing and vaccination guidance and information.
- Weather Ready – Met Office are launching a Summer Weather campaign
- SEPA: Scottish Flood Forecast (attachment)
- Cyber Scotland Bulletin May 2022
- Bereavement by Suicide event
- The most recent NHS Highland Stakeholder briefing is also attached.
Thank you for everything that you continue to do for your communities.
on behalf of
Head of Community Support and Engagement