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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 lockdown restrictions ease and is a key part of trying to return to a more normal way of life.

There are seven themes to the plan:

  • Care homes and schools
  • High risk places, locations and communities
  • Local testing capacity
  • Contact tracing in complex settings
  • Data integration
  • Vulnerable people
  • Local governance

A summary of how the plan will work, and our plan can be found here:

A weekly summary has been produced showing the current situation with coronavirus in Portsmouth, including cases and any deaths:

You can also go on national websites to see data for Portsmouth, other local areas and England as a whole:

Local outbreak engagement board

A local engagement board has been set up to help make sure the plan is working. This is made up of a mixture of people including Councillors, the Director of Public Health, a headteacher representing the Portsmouth Education Partnership, a representative from the Clinical Commissioning Group and representatives from Hive Portsmouth, Healthwatch and Shaping Portsmouth.

The purpose of the board is to ensure that the plan meets the needs of everyone in the city. This board will meet monthly but more frequently if needed.

Notes of the meetings will be published when the board have agreed them as a correct record, usually at the next meeting.

If you would like to raise any questions or queries with the engagement board, please contact publichealth@portsmouthcc.gov.uk at least 5 working days before the meeting.