Plans have now been published that outline how future outbreaks of COVID-19 will be managed in Nottingham and wider Nottinghamshire.
The Government announced in May that top tier local authorities will lead new Local Outbreak Control Plans which give powers to local public heath leaders to manage the risk of potential future outbreaks of the disease, similar to how the current lockdown measures are being managed in Leicester.
The plans will see Directors of Public health lead and manage strategies to reduce and suppress outbreaks of COVID-19 infection across the local area with a focus on using the latest data to make decisions about how any outbreaks of the disease should be managed including deployment of local testing and advice on how the virus should best be contained.
The Nottinghamshire Local Outbreak Plan sets out how local government works with the NHS Test and Trace service, so that the county is prepared to contain the virus wherever and if-ever it occurs.
The plan outlines how lives will be protected using the emergency response systems in partnership with Public Health England, the NHS, the voluntary sector and the wider community.
It builds on existing health protection roles and responsibilities as well as the specific work councils have been undertaking to stop the spread of COVID-19.
You can read more about the Local Outbreak Plan and watch a video here: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/care/coronavirus/local-outbreak-plan.