Most outbreaks should be able to be managed using our existing teams, and working closely with partners like Public Health England, and local health and care services.

However, should we start to see an increase in new cases of COVID-19 in our communities that is different to a usual pattern, we will move to quickly tell the public what we know, who is affected, and what we will need people to do to stay safe and break the ongoing transmission of COVID-19.

This will involve working through the Health and Wellbeing Board to communicate quickly and clearly, supported by our health protection board.

Our local response might involve rapid testing, advice to stay home more and limit social contact, or other measures depending on the situation. We will work with you and be clear on any actions we need to take.

We will only be able to have an impact and reduce the risk of transmission if we all play our part.

Everyone has a role to play in the prevention of COVID-19. There are simple steps we can all take which will make a big difference, such as:

  • regularly washing your hands with soap and hot water for 20 seconds
  • using hand sanitiser where handwashing isn't available
  • wearing a face covering on public transport, in hospital settings and in enclosed spaces like shops where social distancing isn't possible
  • if you have symptoms of coronavirus self-isolate and book a test straight away
  • if you are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service play your part and self isolate as instructed

If we all play our part we can make sure cases in Dorset remain low.

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