Coronavirus Newsletter 23

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Local Outbreak Management Plan

To continue to manage the spread of Covid-19, the government has asked Local Authorities to produce a Local Outbreak Management Plan (LOMP).
The plan sets out how Local Authorities will play a significant role in identifying and managing Covid-19 outbreaks.
The Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly plan maps out a clear way of working that prioritises the health of people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Click Here to see Ruth Goldstein, public health consultant at Cornwall Council, explain the new Local Outbreak Management Plan and what it means for people in Cornwall.

What is the aim of the plan? 
The plan sets out how Cornwall Council, and the Council of the Isles of Scilly, will work together with the NHS Track and Trace service to manage local Covid-19 outbreaks. This will involve working with partners such as:

  • Public Health England
  • NHS
  • Town and Parish Councils
  • Local businesses
  • Voluntary sector

How will the plan work? 
The plan sets out a number of ‘Boards’ which will all work together to make sure that information is used to:

  • analyse cases
  • identify any possible issues
  • if necessary, identify a plan of action

Anyone affected will then be alerted. For example, they may be asked to self-isolate if they have been in close contact with a positive case.

What will a response to an outbreak look like? 
Each case will be unique and the action taken will depend on many factors. Within 24 hours of notification of a case, action will be taken to confirm all of the details including:

  • interviews
  • testing
  • carrying out a risk assessment
  • making sure all relevant people are made aware of what is happening

If it is necessary, an ‘Incident Response Team’ will then agree and co-ordinate the activities involved in the management, investigation and control of the outbreak.

What will people be expected to do? 
Anyone who is involved in an outbreak will be asked to take action and it is very important that they follow the instructions they are given. The plan sets out how it is everyone’s responsibility to act sensibly, and according to what is agreed necessary, to control an outbreak and protect the health of the community.

Don’t worry if you don’t hear anything 
No news is good news is the saying, and that will be true of any local clusters and warnings to the public. If our cases remain low there won’t be a need to bring any localised lockdowns in to force, in fact they will be a last resort. We want to reassure you that we have plans but just because you don’t hear about them doesn’t mean they aren’t in place. Plans are in place and will be actioned if necessary.

How can you help? 
If you are contacted by NHS test track and trace, please follow their advice and self-isolate. This will help us to stop the spread of the virus, and we all need to do our bit to help. You can wear a face covering in shops and public transport. Masks aren’t just to protect you, but if you’re a carrier of the virus with no symptoms you will help protect other people too. Please keep up with good hand hygiene. Wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitiser while out in public if you can’t wash your hands.