“Our ambition is simple – to build on the progress made to date in controlling the spread of the virus, and to take decisive action should cases start to rise again.
In line with national guidance, and to stop further spread or recurrence of the virus, the Hampshire Plan covers a number of priority areas. These include:
- Care Homes and schools - measures are already put in place in care homes and schools across the county to prevent the risk of infection. However, ongoing monitoring is required to ensure any further action needed to manage an outbreak and protect lives is quickly identified and implemented.
- High risk places - working with partners including the NHS and district councils, a wide range of places such as sheltered housing, airports, transport hubs, prisons, hospitals, tourist venues and higher risk workplaces will be monitored, and action taken to manage any local outbreaks.
- Vulnerable people – significant work has already been undertaken across the county to identify vulnerable groups of people, and to ensure they are supported by identifying relevant community help groups and ensuring services meet the needs of Hampshire’s diverse communities. This work will continue.
2. any spread of infection is reduced;
3. lives are saved.
The Board is also responsible for overseeing timely communications and engagement with the public in relation to local outbreaks and any subsequent actions that may be required.
The Board will also take responsibility for ensuring testing is accessible to the whole Hampshire population. This could include delivering tests to isolated individuals, establishing local pop-up sites or hosting mobile testing units at ‘high-risk’ locations such as a factory, where people may be working closely together.
“If we are to avoid a damaging second wave of infections, it is important for everyone to continue to follow national advice – stay two metres apart, or one metre plus if two is not possible, wear face coverings where advised to do so, and wash hands – frequently.”