West Sussex County Council (WSCC) has produced a COVID-19 Local Outbreak Control Plan, as required by the Government. This details how local, regional and national organisations and responses will work together as a system to prevent cases of the virus, where possible, in West Sussex and respond to any local outbreaks.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in March 2020 after sustained global transmission.
WSCC, like all upper-tier local authorities, was asked to produce a first version of a local outbreak control plan by the end of June 2020. The plan will evolve over time.
The plan covers:
- managing outbreaks in West Sussex care homes and schools
- identifying and managing high risk places, locations and communities
- local testing capacity - Testing in Sussex
- contact tracing in complex settings
- data integration
- supporting vulnerable people
Planning to prevent and respond to cases of COVID-19 in our communities requires a whole system and multi-agency approach, including the Government’s national Test and Trace Programme.
A wide range of stakeholders have contributed and commented on this West Sussex COVID-19 Local Outbreak Control Plan and will continue to shape its development. This includes district and borough councils across the county, Healthwatch West Sussex, Public Health England South East region and the NHS.
More information on operational delivery elements will be added to the plan as further guidance is produced nationally and as the national Joint Biosecurity Centre becomes fully operational.
West Sussex Public Health will publish weekly information packs relating to COVID-19 in West Sussex each Wednesday. These packs are available below.