As we move into the government's next phase in tackling COVID-19 it's really important we have a local plan that sets out how we will respond to and manage any potential outbreaks. That's where local outbreak control plans come in.

Plans will look at how we identify and contain any potential outbreaks and what this might mean for residents, businesses, communities and visitors.

Our plan sets out how we will prevent potential outbreaks, and where this is not possible, minimise the spread of COVID-19 infection across the Dorset Council area. Working in partnership is crucial to help prevent the spread of the virus and respond quickly.

While the response to outbreaks will be led by the local Director of Public Health, success will require a co-ordinated partnership response. This will involve numerous agencies working together.

Managing outbreaks in workplaces, specific settings such as schools and care homes and within the community is not new and is a core function of public health and environmental health.

It's important that the creation of any new arrangements to manage local COVID-19 outbreaks build on our existing plans. This evolving local outbreak management plan will cover COVID specific issues and how, working with communities and partners, we will respond to them.

Key objectives include:

  • using NHS Test and Trace information to support people to self-isolate quickly
  • supporting higher risk settings if they have an outbreak
  • providing local data and surveillance so we can take quick action to control the spread of the virus
  • providing assurance and information to our communities about how we are preventing outbreaks, working with them on any local actions that may be needed
  • protecting our health and care system and promoting the recovery of our local economy

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