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The government has asked councils to produce local outbreak control plans to help monitor the rate of coronavirus in that area and respond quickly to any places where two or more people are confirmed as having coronavirus to help stop the virus from spreading to lots more people. This is important as a key part of trying to return to a more normal way of life.

The Local Outbreak Management Plan has recently been revised to reflect the most recent guidance from the government, and has been approved by the Health and Wellbeing Board. This plan can be found at Local Outbreak Engagement Board – Appendix 1 – Management Plan.pdf (portsmouth.gov.uk). The Department for Health and Social Care have indicated the intention to produce a contingency framework later in the year, and the plan will be further updated on receipt of this to reflect the approach set out.

Local outbreak engagement board

The Local Outbreak Plan was previously overseen by a Local Outbreak Engagement Board. In June 2022, it was agreed by the Health and Wellbeing Board to stand this board down.  The plan will now be overseen by the city’s Health Protection Board, which includes representatives from organisations across the city and meets regularly to look at issues in detail, exchange knowledge and information and provide cross-agency advice, challenge and support.

Minutes from the monthly Local Outbreak Engagement Board meetings are available below.

If you would like to raise any questions or queries with the engagement board, please contact publichealth@portsmouthcc.gov.uk