7th Aug, 2020

Solihull Council reveals plans to control potential Covid outbreaks

Andy Morris 1st Jul, 2020 Updated: 1st Jul, 2020

PLANS to control any future local outbreak of Covid-19 have been revealed by Solihull Council.

The council has published its Covid-19 Outbreak Control Implementation Plan, setting out what the council and its partners will do to identify and contain any outbreaks within the borough.

Council leader Councillor Ian Courts said: “In light of yesterday’s government announcement about the first full local lockdown in Leicester, it is more important than ever that we have a plan in place to guide us through any potential outbreaks.

“The plan describes how we will manage and prevent the spread of Covid-19 locally, and aims to keep you and your community safe during the current phase of the pandemic, as well as support the return to social and economic recovery.”

He said the council, as part of the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Beacon, would work with the NHS, Public Health England and alongside the West Midlands Combined Authority.

“We will be reaching out to communities, community leaders and our local partners to reinforce the messages about preventing the spread of the virus in the first instance,” he said.

“Similarly, if we do get an outbreak, we really will need to work with people who understand their community and can help us contain the outbreak. I will share more news about this work as it progresses.

“We want to get the message out loud and clear that anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19 must self-isolate, get tested straight away and help to stop the spread of the virus by letting NHS Test and Trace know of any contacts they’ve had who might therefore be at risk of getting the virus.

“Equally, if you have been in contact with a case and are contacted by NHS Test and Trace, you must follow their advice and self-isolate if told to do so. We need everyone to do this to protect the most vulnerable people in our communities and to stop the virus spreading rapidly as it has done in parts of the country this week.”

Visit www.solihull.gov.uk/Resident/socialservicesandhealth/Coronavirus for more information on Solihull Council’s Covid-19 Outbreak Control Implementation Plan.

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