TAMESIDE is prepared for any increase in the number of coronavirus infections locally.
The council has formulated a local outbreak plan which provides a blueprint for managing outbreaks in the borough so that residents are protected and there is support for the most vulnerable.
Part one explains the many steps being taken to prevent infections and reduce the spread of covid-19 through work such as increased testing, contact-tracing, help for people who are required to self-isolate, data review, and support and advice for settings such as schools and care homes.
The second part describes how coronavirus outbreaks are managed when they do occur and the measures that will be taken to control them, making sure people are kept fully informed about what they need to do.
Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy, Tameside’s director of public health, said: “The local plan sets out how outbreak control will work as we ease lockdown measures and move into autumn and winter.
“Among its many features are infection-control measures and how Tameside links with the national and Greater Manchester test-and-trace service.
“The success of the plan will also be down to our communities understanding what they need to do, and working with us to ensure they follow the guidance on hand-washing and social distancing, and self-isolating if they develop symptoms of covid-19.
“I’d like to reassure residents following the Government’s decision to extend lockdown restrictions in Leicester. With Public Health England colleagues, we are monitoring the data carefully to ensure that we have as full an understanding of covid-19 in our borough as possible.
“Media reports that Tameside is facing a similar and imminent prospect are simply not accurate.
“Tameside is a densely populated borough so we all need to continue the great efforts we’ve already seen to be extra-cautious and protect each other by washing hands regularly, observing social distancing guidelines, staying away from crowds, and wearing masks on public transport or where you can’t safely keep your distance from others.
“Residents can be assured we are doing all we can to keep them as safe as possible and are prepared to respond to any outbreak. We will of course keep our residents fully informed should there be any changes to the actions we need to take.”
To see a copy of the plan visit www.tameside.gov.uk/