The focus is on preventing coronavirus from spreading and then controlling outbreaks quickly to protect the local community and borough.
The Outbreak Management Plan describes how Wirral Council will use local know-how and information to manage outbreaks while also providing support for the most vulnerable.
An outbreak is declared, when there are two or more cases linked by time, person and place, the local authority will provide information, advice, and guidance via a specialist team.
In addition, ‘COVID Champions’ will be trained, through local organisations, in Basic Infection Control to support protective measures which will prevent further infection and enable a rapid response should an outbreak occur.
Much of the work is to be based around prevention of new infections, the single most effective method of reducing transmission and outbreaks of coronavirus and will include providing reminders and information to help people protect themselves and others, including frequent handwashing and social distancing, as well as advice on what to do if someone develops symptoms.
Wirral Council will also support local businesses, organisations, community groups and the faith industry to safely reopen, offering advice on risk assessments, providing advice and guidance.
Where there is a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus then the emphasis will be on controlling more transmission and managing a suspected or confirmed outbreak with specialist support and advice.
Wirral Council leader, Cllr Pat Hackett, said, “I would urge everyone to take note of the Plan and the actions we are asking them to take to keep themselves, their families and neighbourhoods free from COVID-19. We need to work together to ensure we can keep our community safe. This outbreak management plan will be crucial to ensuring we; Keep Wirral Well and protect everyone in our community.”
Community outbreaks can be reported by organisations to the council via http://www.wirral.gov.uk/covid19outbreak
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