The government has now transferred responsibility for local outbreaks of Coronavirus to local authorities. Hull City Council is ready for this change and has developed a highly detailed Outbreak Management Plan which sets out what our responsibilities are and how we will manage them.
All of us have a role in protecting ourselves and others, this means being ready to isolate if you are asked. This page explains how this will happen and what you should do.
The Coronavirus Outbreak Prevention and Management Plan
This draft plan has been signed off by the Director of Public Health, the Chief Executive and the Leader to guide our work to prevent and contain outbreaks and it will be submitted for approval by Hull City Council Cabinet Monday 27 July 2020.
The plan, developed by Hull City Council and its local partners in the city, describes how Coronavirus will be controlled at a local level in Hull. It defines the council’s role and how it will work with partners across the city to reduce risks of virus transmission, prevent outbreaks and deal with them when they occur.
The plan, which can be accessed below, was developed in response to the government transferring local responsibility for Coronavirus to councils and their partners. It explains who will lead the work and the organisations involved; places, people and situations which may be at greater risk; and what will happen when Hull has cases or outbreaks.
An elected-member led Hull Outbreak Control Engagement Board has been established, which will focus on engaging with local communities and partners.
A key element of prevention and management will be the NHS Test and Trace programme, a government initiative intended to control and contain the spread of the virus by identifying people at high risk of having been exposed and ensuring they isolate. The council’s local knowledge and expertise will be key in making sure everyone, particularly those who are vulnerable or marginalised, understands what they must do and is able to do it.
Responsibilities of the council and partners involved include overseeing the contact tracing workforce, managing complex cases and outbreaks, utilising health protection and epidemiological staff, supporting contact tracing and self-isolation for people who are homeless/rough sleepers or vulnerable. It will be involved where there are outbreaks within a particular setting (a school, care setting or other location).
Test and Trace
Test and Trace is intended to control and contain the spread of Coronavirus. It does this by identifying people at high risk of having been exposed to the virus and ensuring those people isolate to avoid spreading it further.
Anyone with Coronavirus symptoms of any age can and should now be tested. When someone tests positive they will be contacted and asked to isolate and to provide details of every person they have had close contact with during the time they have been infectious. This time period and how a ‘close contact’ is defined will be explained. Those contacts will also then get a text, email or phone call explaining that they are at risk of Coronavirus and must also isolate.
The track and trace app is not yet available.
Every person in Hull simply needs to be ready to isolate if asked. Any plans to control the virus and keep people in the city safe only work if everyone does their part. This means continuing to follow government advice around Coronavirus, getting a test if you have symptoms, and isolating when asked.
Anyone who has Coronavirus symptoms can now be tested, including people aged under five. The antigen (swab) test confirms whether someone has Coronavirus. There is also an antibody blood test (which can tell if someone has had the virus and recovered) now in the process of being rolled-out, though this is not part of the NHS Test and Trace programme.
The isolation period
The isolation period is 14 days from the most recent point of contact with the person infected with Coronavirus. What is classed as contact will be explained in any communication you recieve should you be asked to isolate.
The latest advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) is that there is no evidence to suggest having Coronavirus and recovering provides immunity, therefore you can be asked to isolate more than once.
Test and Trace Scam
There have been national reports of a Test and Trace scam, which asks for money. Genuine calls will never ask you for money, bank details or to download anything.