Coronavirus - A Message from Rachel Flowers - Director of Public Health at Croydon Council
28/02/2020 15:52:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
I thought it worth sharing the Director of Public Health's Message with you on the Coronavirus.
"This correspondence is to provide you with an update on the coronavirus and our recent communications to residents, partner organisations and council staff.
The Government regularly updates local authorities about the evolving situation with the coronavirus. Their public websites have current information about the coronavirus, symptoms and advice for returning travellers from China and the other countries listed on their website www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Coronavirus latest information
The latest Government update has recorded that a total of 4,501 people have been tested, of which 4,492 were confirmed negative and nine patients in England have tested positive for coronavirus. Eight of these have been discharged and one person remains in hospital.
The patients receive specialist NHS care, and are being treated using tried and tested infection control procedures to prevent further spread of the virus. Experts at PHE continue to work hard tracing patient contacts from the UK cases.
The World Health Organisation has declared that this is a public health emergency of international concern, and the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. This permits the government to plan for all eventualities. The risk to individuals remains low.
Croydon Council’s resilience and business continuity plans will be actioned to deal with any local related incidents, if needed.
Communicating information to residents, partner organisations and council staff
To date, the Government and Public Health England have asked local authorities to share the key messages from their public information campaign to inform people about the virus and steps we can take to protect ourselves and others.
We are also promoting the PHE /NHS general hygiene campaign in Croydon - Catch It. Bin It. Kill It, which they have reinstated to remind the public to regularly wash their hands, and always sneeze into a tissue, to help slow the spread of almost any germs, including coronavirus.
We have shared the communications above as follows:
· Community groups - An email letter has been sent to community groups in the borough, with the Catch It. Bin It. Kill It. poster for them to display.
· Schools - Information has been sent to local schools and the Government is also updating all schools in the country.
· Council newsletter - Information on the council’s online newsroom is referenced in the council’s weekly newsletter - Your Croydon. This is emailed to residents and stakeholders who have signed up to receive it http://news.croydon.gov.uk/coronavirus-latest-public-health-information/
· Council staff - Information posted on the staff intranet. The Catch It. Bin It. Kill It. poster will be placed in staff toilets and kitchen areas.
· Social media - We are sharing the Government’s messages about the coronavirus on the council’s Twitter feed @yourcroydon
During the next week, we will continue to work with council services to disseminate the key messages from the Government’s public information campaign, and the Catch It. Bin It. Kill it. poster, to care homes, libraries, leisure centres, businesses and other public settings.
We will update the communications to all those above as and when needed.
Please do contact me if you require any further information.
With best wishes
Director of Public Health