Mid Sussex District Council Emergency Planning Liaison Group
You will have seen the continued coverage of the COVID-19 virus in the media so I thought it would be good to provide an update as to the local situation.
Staff across MSDC are supporting the response to this developing situation and the MSDC Management Team are leading the response with Business Continuity in mind.
The most important thing you can do is to make sure you have reviewed your business continuity plan and make sure it is up to date and meets the needs of your organisation.
Sussex Public Health, Health Protection teams are working closely with Public Health England (PHE), who are leading the national COVID-19 response and providing messaging for the public.
School closures will take place from 1700hrs Friday 20th March 2020 for the foreseeable future.
Some schools will be kept open with a skeleton staff to provide support for the children of key workers, such as NHS staff, police and delivery drivers. They will also be asked to help those most in need – for example, children who receive free school meals. WSCC will lead on this aspect.
Stay up to date with the latest news via media feeds or at Gov.uk
Other information to be aware of
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) publish daily infection and death figures on this page on a daily basis at around 2pm until further notice.
COVID-19 public information materials from the Public Health England the Campaign Resource Centre. The advertising places greater emphasis on the importance of hand washing with soap and water or hand sanitiser, throughout the day and advise catching coughs and sneezes in a tissue before binning and washing hands.
Information about countries and specified areas (including northern Italy and the towns currently in a state of isolation) affected by COVID-19 is also available on the Government website, along with information for travellers returning to the UK.
Public Health England has published a suite of guidance for health professionals in clinical settings, as well as 4 additional pieces of guidance tailored for non-clinical settings including:
- Guidance for educational settings
- Guidance for staff in the transport sector
- Guidance for social or community care and residential settings
- Guidance for employers and businesses
All new non-clinical guidance will now be updated at this landing page: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance
Public Health England run a number of blogs on COVID-19
- Self-isolation: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/02/20/what-is-self-isolation-and-why-is-it-important/
- General FAQs – https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/
- Stay at home guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance