Coronavirus Epidemic

Three Steps to Safety – East Riding COVID-19 Outbreak Control Plan

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council has produced its COVID-19 Outbreak Control Plan which is aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 and quickly controlling any outbreaks which do occur.

Local Ward Councillors have each been contacted directly by the Chief Executive Officer of the East Riding Council Caroline Lacey to enlist their support in promoting the plan.

Locally, Councillor John Dennis, said that people should not become complacent: “This is a case of bringing together the various recommendations currently being given to residents by ER and emphasising the main points. People are advised, as always, to keep up their hand-washing and social distancing practices, for their own, and other people’s, safety. The recent relaxation of lockdown rules is very much welcomed by our residents but we have a long way to go. Obviously the message has to be that we don’t become complacent yet, and that the Covid 19 pandemic is not near being over.

“The yellow feature contains the number 119, which if you suspect you are experiencing symptoms, you are advised to call for advice. Testing is a facility that has been available locally for many weeks”

What we need people, businesses and other organisations to do:

The plan’s success will depend on people following what we’re calling the 3 Steps To Safety, which are: Prevent. Notice. Act.

STEP 1 – Prevent:
Keep your distance – always follow the latest social distance guidance.

Wash your hands – thoroughly washing your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds remains the best personal hygiene precaution

STEP 2 – Notice:
Be aware of COVID-19 symptoms – so you can recognise as soon as possible if you or someone close to you has them:
– a high temperature
– a new, continuous cough
– a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

STEP 3: Act:
Get tested – If there is any hint of the symptoms in your household, make sure the person with the symptoms is tested as soon as possible.

People can request a test at www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119 and we really do strongly recommend that people do that as soon as possible if they notice they have symptoms.

Stay home – Do the right thing if you and your household need to self-isolate:
– whether one of you has symptoms and you are all waiting for the results
– whether one of you has tested positive
– or whether one of you has been in contact with someone who has tested positive

If people follow the guidance – if they wash their hands, keep socially distant, spot the symptoms, get the test and stay home if advised to – then we will give them a safe place to live.

If people do these things, they will reduce the risk to themselves, their family and their neighbours.

If they don’t, they risk becoming a contact – a link in the COVID-19 chain – and they risk putting themselves and others in harm’s way.

More information is available at the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s website at: 

www.eastriding.gov.uk/say/features/council-calls-for-public-support-to-keep-east-riding-safe/

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