Our local outbreak management plans set out how we will respond to and manage any potential outbreaks of COVID-19.
Plans will look at how we identify and contain any potential outbreaks and what this might mean for residents, businesses, communities and visitors.
Our plans set out how we will prevent potential outbreaks, and where this is not possible, minimise the spread of COVID-19 infection across the Dorset Council and BCP Council areas. Working in partnership is crucial to help prevent the spread of the virus and respond quickly.
While the response to outbreaks will be led by the local Director of Public Health, success will require a co-ordinated partnership response. This will involve numerous agencies working together.
Managing outbreaks in workplaces, specific settings such as schools and care homes and within the community is not new and is a core function of public health and environmental health. Arrangements to manage local COVID-19 outbreaks will build on these existing plans.
Our refreshed outbreak management plan 2021/22 sets out how we will live safely with COVID-19 across the Dorset and BCP Council areas.
Our four priority areas will bedelivered through the local Health Protection Board (HPB) and partners to enable us to successfully open up and avoid a return to lockdown.
1.Transmission must be brought, and kept, as low as possible;
2.Surveillance of transmission and new variants must be optimal;
3.Contact tracing and isolation must work, with a clear testing strategy;
4.Vaccination must continue to be effective and delivered equitably2
The board will continue to support high risk settings, carry out ongoing surveillance, being vigilant for signs of sustained transmission. We are prepared to deal with new variants (including surge testing capability and a local suppression strategy) and will use rapid testing and contact tracing to break chains of transmission early, keeping cases low.
Local outbreak control plans will be overseen by our Health and Wellbeing Boards. The boards have representatives from all local public sector agencies and the voluntary and community sector.
The responsibilities of the board include:
- Political oversight of the local delivery of plan and response
- Communicating and engaging with residents and communities
The day to day management of the plan will be co-ordinated through an Our Dorset COVID-19 Health Protection Board chaired by the Director of Public Health, Sam Crowe.
Outbreak action cards
We have developed a series of outbreak action cards to help businesses, workplaces and other settings identify and respond to any outbreaks of COVID-19.