A plan which sets out how Stoke-on-Trent City Council would prevent and respond to a localised outbreak of COVID-19 has been published today. Stoke-on-Trent’s Local Outbreak Control Plan will be triggered where there are suspected or confirmed COVID-19 outbreaks in any setting or community within the city. An outbreak is defined when there are two or more cases in high-risk settings or a greater than expected occurrence of COVID-19 compared with the usual level for a particular place and time.
The plan, which was a requirement of Government to all local authorities, outlines measures to prevent, manage and contain outbreaks of Coronavirus and protect the public’s health. It builds upon existing relationships and processes in place with partner agencies across Stoke-on-Trent.
It outlines how complex cases will be managed in high-risk places, locations and communities, in particular care homes and schools. It also outlines local testing capacity, use of data to identify and proactively manage outbreaks, and contact tracing in complex settings.
Delivery of the Local Outbreak Control Plan will be coordinated by the city’s director of public health, Jacquie Ashdown, working with a Local Health Protection Board at the city council. All information (including outbreak notifications) and national guidance will be co-ordinated through the board. This allows for a co-ordinated response allowing tasks to be allocated in the best way.
Stoke-on-Trent has received just over £2 million from a £300 million Government fund to support the delivery of the Local Outbreak Control Plan.