The aim of the campaign is to continue to promote important public health messaging designed to support the population to keep well, and reduce transmission of coronavirus, as well as ensuring that messaging relating to local outbreaks will reach communities across the county in a timely way.
Councillor Keith Mans, Leader of Hampshire County Council and Chair of the Local Outbreak Engagement Board said: “Since February, we have been working closely with our partners in district and borough councils, the local NHS, Public Health England and other key organisations in response to the coronavirus pandemic to minimise the spread of the virus and help protect local residents and communities across Hampshire.
“Our priority now is to continue to Keep Hampshire Safe so that we can go on enjoying our new freedoms.
“The good news is that infection rates across the county are currently low – but the coronavirus is still in circulation and continues to pose a threat. So now is not the time to relax.
“As we move forward, we will refine our plans to reflect best practice and the latest Government advice so that we can continue to deal effectively with any further outbreaks.
“Together, we can protect one another and keep our county safe. Please continue to play your part.”
To ensure the public can keep up to date with what is happening across the county, a new webpage has been created www.hants.gov.uk/coronavirus which includes a number of resources and assets, and contains links to a new COVID-19 dashboard, providing helpful ‘at-a-glance’ data on infection rates in Hampshire. District information is also available on this page.
In line with best practice, the campaign messaging will reflect the traffic light colours of green, amber, red - to help local residents to recognise the state of play at any given time, with signposting to the latest information and advice.
Don’t forget, there are a few simple things everyone can all do to help keep the virus in check and prevent local lockdowns in our area:
1. Keep your distance from people not in your household (or support bubble) - two metres apart wherever possible
2. Wear face coverings where asked to do so
3. Wash, wash, wash your hands – you can’t do this too often!
4. If you have symptoms, no matter how mild, get a test – it’s quick and easy to do. Book at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119
For more information about the Hampshire Local Outbreak Control Plan visit: https://documents.hants.gov.uk/corprhantsweb/HCC-COVID-19-Local-Outbreak-Control-Plan-Summary.pdf