Gloucestershire issues plan for fresh virus outbreak
By Rob Freeman | 1st July 2020
Gloucestershire County Council has published its Local Outbreak Management Plan designed to help, prevent, respond to and monitor any spike in COVID-19.
Five positive coronavirus cases were reported in Gloucestershire over the last 24 hours - the biggest daily figure in six weeks.
It takes the total number of cases in the county to 1,390 with 16 throughout June - half in the last week.
But the council has stressed the cases reflect historic data added to the figures and there is no spike in the county.
The local outbreak plan covers the ways in which the council and its partners will support and protect people if there is an outbreak of further cases.
Director of public health Sarah Scott, who will chair a newly-formed COVID-19 Health Protection Boardsaid: "The local outbreak plan should be seen, in many ways, as a continuation of the hard work put in by all local partners over the past few months.
"Thankfully, we have not seen the numbers of cases or deaths that other parts of the country have but that in no way means we should be complacent.
"We have seen elsewhere what happens if people do not continue to follow the advice and guidance - none of us want that in Gloucestershire.
"COVID-19 remains within the population and if we don't pay it the utmost respect, it will work its way back into our communities.
Further plans will be developed over the coming weeks to cover other circumstances and settings and existing plans will continue to be developed.
"To be successful in beating COVID-19 we have to work together - so do enjoy all that the relaxing of restrictions allows you to but keep up the hand washing, stick with the social distancing and don't gather in big groups," she said.
"The things we are being asked to do remain simple but the impact of not doing them could be significant and lead to unnecessary loss of life in the county."
Delivery of the plan will be overseen by a the board of senior officers from the responding organisations which will be advised by the cross party COVID-19 Engagement Board, chaired by Councillor Mark Hawthorne, leader of the council.
The plan will be tested in early July, and an updated version and reviewed by before it is formally adopted.
You can see the full plan here
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