County Council launches Outbreak Control Plan

Kath Cobain Smiling head and shoulders Published Wednesday, 1st July 2020

From dealing with local outbreaks of Covid-19 to supporting vulnerable people through the pandemic.

Worcestershire County Council has set out a detailed plan to respond to the next stages of dealing with Covid-19.

As the county begins to adjust to the easing of some lockdown restrictions, the Council will assist with identifying local outbreaks of Covid-19 and act quickly to prevent the virus from spreading.

The Outbreak Control Plan sets out the protocols and actions necessary both to respond to an outbreak and to prevent outbreaks from happening. It is the local part of delivering the NHS Test and Trace programme.

We will be working alongside health and environmental health partners and Public Health England, and will use their expertise in dealing with infectious diseases, to help control the spread of Covid-19. The plans are supported by the NHS Test and Trace local teams.

The local outbreak plan is built on the existing processes, with extra resources and support from central government.

The plan includes measures to assist care homes, educational settings, businesses, workers, residents and visitors, to ensure everyone is kept safe and can return to a more normal life.

Councillor John Smith, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said; “This plan is a vital road map for our Public Health teams and our partners. It sets out a framework, to guide all of our healthcare experts, as we deal with potential outbreaks. It also establishes our route to preventing outbreaks in the first place. The plan is vital to help us all return to normal.”

Dr.Kathryn Cobain, Director for Public Health in Worcestershire, said; “A robust action plan is a cornerstone to Public Health protecting the wellbeing of our residents. Our expert teams, along with our health partners, have worked hard to create a thorough and detailed plan to manage the pandemic in the County.

The plan clearly demonstrates our commitment to dealing with outbreaks quickly and effectively, and our determination to prevent outbreaks from happening. We continue to rely on everyone to play their part, by booking a test if you have any of the symptoms of Covid-19, and by isolating. The outbreak plan is active and continuous. We will be responding to the needs of our communities and we can all help to keep one another safe.”

The plan is a living document and can be read in full here: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20769/coronavirus_covid-19