THE council’s public health team will contact residents who have tested positive for coronavirus by using data provided by track and trace.

Members of Barnsley Council’s Public Health team will be contacting residents as a way to enhance the work of NHS Test and Trace.

This comes after numbers of positive cases continue to rise across the borough.

The team will use the data provided by NHS Test and Trace and aim to follow up all positive cases.

This will be done by text to offer support for self-isolating safely, and then by following up with a call or email.

The data will reportedly be fed into the same system by both the national and local teams to ensure there is a complete view of how the service is working and how the virus might be spreading.

Barnsley’s director of public health, Julia Burrows, said: “We want to do everything we can to identify and support as many people as we can who have been identified by the Test and Trace system and who need to self-isolate.

“I want people to be aware that if they receive this message, it is genuine and that they need to take action to prevent transmitting this very serious virus throughout our communities.”