Organisations across Kirklees have formed a partnership which will share resources and intelligence over rising COVID-19 rates in the district.

The joint Kirklees partnership includes leaders in local government, health services, emergency services, business, education and the voluntary sector, who will work together in communities to promote public health awareness and to avoid a local lockdown in the future.

The response comes after government restrictions were introduced in Kirklees and other areas in the North West recently after a rise in COVID-19 cases in the region, which will remain in place until the next government review on August 14.

12 organisations have joined the partnership, including, Kirklees Council, West Yorkshire Police, local NHS Trusts, Kirklees College and Huddersfield University.

In a joint statement, the partnership said: “We haven’t beaten the virus yet. COVID-19 still poses a threat to lives and livelihoods across Kirklees.

“We have been working together throughout the crisis but the easing of lockdown poses new challenges. This new phase of the pandemic will require targeted action to identify cases, the causes of those cases and activity on the ground to bring infection rates down.

“We pledge to share our intelligence, our people and our resources to keep Kirklees safe.

“We will share data and intelligence about where and why the virus appears so that we can coordinate our response across organisations.

“Together, we will have conversations in communities to identify barriers to reducing infections. And we will work with local people so they can stay safe in this new environment.

“We will share our resources to promote public health messages that will be critical to bringing the Kirklees infection rate down, using all our networks to share straightforward advice with residents.

“We may be in a new phase of the crisis, but many of the messages stay the same. Everyone in Kirklees needs to follow the advice to keep socially distancing, wash hands regularly and isolate as soon as you have symptoms or are contacted by the NHS test and trace service.”