Local authorities have a significant role to play in the identification and management of coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks. As an upper-tier local authority, we are required to produce a Local Outbreak Management Plan (LOMP) by the end of June 2020. Directors of public health need to ensure these plans are in place and that capacity and capability is available to quickly deploy resources to the most critical areas of any outbreak, helping prevent spread of the virus.

About the plan

Our Local Outbreak Management Plan aims to provide a clear plan on how we will work with the new national NHS test and trace service. It demonstrates that we have the necessary capacity and capability to provide a fully coordinated approach to contain and manage local outbreaks of COVID-19 in South Gloucestershire.

While the plan deals with all local COVID-19 outbreaks, it also identifies and prioritises preventative and early intervention measures for key settings such as care homes, schools and early years settings and high-risk locations and communities to make sure they are supported.

The plan is updated as new national guidance is published or legislation changes.

Prevention and containment

The containment of local outbreaks will need to be a coordinated effort, led by the Director of Public Health and working with:

  • Public Health England local health protection teams
  • the NHS
  • social care
  • education
  • the police
  • the private sector
  • employers
  • the community and voluntary sector

The general public also have a vital role to play in reducing the spread of the virus and preventing outbreaks. This includes following national guidance and advice including:

  • adhering to the social distancing guidelines
  • following good hand and respiratory hygiene practices
  • self-isolating and having a test if displaying symptoms
  • self-isolating if instructed to do so

For help and advice for anybody who is vulnerable at this time, including care home visiting guidance, visit our ‘People who are vulnerable’ page.

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