This is to appraise you on the latest situation regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19)
There is understandably widespread concern about the potential impact during the current outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19. The purpose of this guidance is to provide you with guidance on how to respond to any enquiries and keep yourself safe.
Further advice will be available as the situation changes.
In light of the Prime Minister’s briefing yesterday, if anyone has a new persistent cough or a fever they are being asked to self-isolate for 7 days.
Coronaviruses are mainly transmitted by large respiratory droplets and direct or indirect contact with infected secretions.
How long any respiratory virus survives in the environment will depend on a number of factors, for example:
· the surface the virus is on
· whether it is exposed to sunlight
· environmental conditions such as temperature and humidity
· exposure to cleaning products.
The following symptoms may develop after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:
· difficulty in breathing
· generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
Public Health England (PHE) recommends that the following general cold and flu precautions are taken to help prevent people from catching and spreading COVID-19:
· cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.
· put used tissues in the bin straight away
· wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
· try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
· clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
· do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
We would like to stress that for most people this is mild illness contained by good hygiene. However, we are aware that for vulnerable groups the risk may be greater.
Due to the ever changing circumstances, to get the latest information please visit the following sites (though I will endeavour to brief you regularly as the situation continues to progresses):
Should you get an enquiries from your local communities please direct them to the above.
If there are any queries regarding ill-health they should be directed to the NHS 111 service.
Newark and Sherwood
In response to the outbreak, Newark and Sherwood District Council has put in place arrangements to ensure critical services can continue to be provided.
Wherever possible, we are continuing with a ‘business as usual’ approach and are liaising with our partners and other local authorities to ensure delivery of these services.
This is supported by a number of national, regional and local forums. The Nottinghamshire Local Resilience Forum is part of this network and the district council’s chief executive John Robinson is our lead officer. At a more local level a tactical group is meeting weekly to review the current situation and this is being supported by a technical group which is meeting daily to monitor and provide advice and guidance to managers and staff.
I hope this briefing is helpful and should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Business Manager- Public Protection
Newark and Sherwood District Council
Telephone: 01636 655000