COVID-19 - Outbreak management planning

As we are moving towards recovering from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, local authorities are required to have a COVID-19 management plan for controlling and preventing the spread of the virus.

Our Outbreak Management Plan outlines measures to protect the public’s health by preventing, identifying and containing local Covid-19. The council’s Director of Public Health has been responsible for defining these measures and producing the plan in conjunction with the Covid-19 Health Protection Board and Health and Wellbeing Board.

The aim of the plan is to:

  • prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • reduce the rate of infection
  • respond rapidly to any rises in infection so that they can be contained quickly and safely

We’ll achieve this by:

  • using good local knowledge
  • gathering and analysing data
  • recognising and responding to triggers
  • testing and tracing and working with our partners
  • promoting testing and vaccine uptake

Our Local Outbreak Management Plan focuses on seven themes:

  1. Care homes and schools: planning for local outbreaks in care homes and schools
  2. High risk contexts, workplaces and communities: identifying and planning how to manage other high-risk places, locations and communities of interest
  3. Vulnerable people: supporting vulnerable local people to get help to self-isolate
  4. Testing: overseeing of local testing
  5. Contact tracing: assessing local and regional contact tracing and infection control in complex settings
  6. National, regional and local intelligence: identifying and responding quickly to outbreaks
  7. Engagement, communication and governance: establishing a COVID-19 health protection committee and local boards

The plan for Swindon is part of a network of plans in every local authority in England. It will be regularly reviewed as events continue to evolve and develop.

The outbreak management planning document can be viewed below:

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