Shropshire local outbreak management plan
The government has asked all local authorities (councils) to produce ‘Local Outbreak Management Plans’. Directors of public health are responsible for producing these.
Our plan explains how virus spread is prevented through encouraging and supporting Shropshire people to follow government guidance, including self-isolating and getting tested. It also details how outbreaks are identified, managed and contained through the use of data, working with the NHS Test and Trace system, and engagement with local partners such as Public Health England, the voluntary sector and the wider community. Finally, the plan addresses how the county lives with COVID.
This plan is an update of the October 2020 Local Outbreak Contain Plan. The plan will continue to be updated and refreshed in response to the changing COVID-19 situation.
Information contained includes:
The Shropshire picture - how coronavirus has affected Shropshire so far, aims and objectives of the plan and our priorities which are:
- Governance – how everyone will work together. Different boards and forums contain members across the health and care, voluntary and community sectors and elected members to make the right decisions, and action the management and prevention of coronavirus outbreaks in Shropshire.
- Surveillance – how we use data to target testing and contact tracing. Also how we use data to support residents who live in areas of enduring transmission and if variants of concern are transmitted in the county.
- Settings and communities – specific processes and guidance for settings including schools and early years, workplaces, care homes and at community gatherings and events.
- Vulnerable people – supporting those who need help the most.
- Communications and engagement – reactive and proactive - how we're communicating and engaging with people and organisations about the work we’re doing and what everyone can do to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
- Testing capacity – timely and local testing availability.
- Contact tracing – working with settings to trace contacts and manage the situation when there is an outbreak.
- Vaccines – measuring improvements in vaccine uptake and making the links between vaccine roll out and testing.
- Resourcing – defining the function, structure and resources that underpin the delivery of the Local Outbreak Management Plan.
- Regulation - including lockdown plans
It concludes with how challenges will be addressed, and an action plan.