11 Aug Test and Trace in mid and south Essex
Essex County and Southend Borough Councils have together launched the Essex and SouthendContact Tracing Service, part of the national Test and Trace scheme. Thurrock Council is working with NHS Test and Trace and in addition to the national testing programme, the Outbreak Control Plan for the Thurrock area sets out a strategy to prevent, monitor and reduce the spread of COVID-19 at a local level.
Anyone who hears from Test and Trace that they have been in contact with someone infected by COVID-19 will need to self-isolate for 14 days and not leave home or have any visitors. Other people in the household do not need to self-isolate unless they have symptoms. Residents who test positive for coronavirus will also be contacted by Test and Trace. The self-isolation period for people with a positive COVID-19 test is now 10 days.
There are further details of the Test and Trace scheme on the NHS website.
Resources for sharing with your networks
Information on health and care available to residents during the pandemic response include:
- Materials from the PHE Campaign Resources Centre offering information about how to contact your GP, order repeat prescriptions and manage wellbeing without having to leave your house or flat (part of the PHE Health at Home campaign)
- Easy Read guidance on health and care services for people with a learning disability
- Plain English for people with autism and language challenges
- A series of videos with British Sign Language interpreters offering similar information
The Mid and South Essex CCGs issued summer editions of their newsletters for residents last month including advice on staying safe during the summer heat. The newsletters are available online from each CCG’s website.