Norfolk health chiefs to deliver coronavirus testing information to every household
To ensure that everyone in Norfolk understands the process for NHS Test and Trace, information leaflets will be delivered to all households in the county from next week.
The mailshot includes an information leaflet, Help Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus, to remind people what to do if they have symptoms and what they must do if they have been in contact with someone who tests positive.
To accompany the 450,000 leaflets, there will be a letter signed by the leader of Norfolk County Council, Andrew Proctor, and Norfolk’s Director of Public Health, Dr Louise Smith.
Dr Smith said: “Firstly, I’d like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ for playing your part in protecting our community. Over the last four months, residents of Norfolk have made huge sacrifices to help to stop the spread of coronavirus. Staying home and socially distancing has not been easy and we are grateful for your efforts.
“Sadly, many Norfolk residents have already lost their lives to this virus, and our thoughts go out to you if you have lost members of your family, or friends.
“Whilst we are able to do more, we must remember that coronavirus is still with us. Together with the NHS and Public Health England, we have produced a leaflet which is full of information about how to protect ourselves and others, and how to stop the spread of coronavirus in Norfolk. Please read this leaflet carefully and keep it in a safe place for future reference.”
The health chiefs emphasise: "The best way to stay safe is for all of us to continue doing all the things that we have been doing so far to help to stop the virus spreading – washing our hands regularly with soap and water, keeping a safe distance from others and avoiding crowds, using tissues / elbows to catch coughs and sneezes, and using a face covering where appropriate.
"Everyone who has symptoms can get a test. We can only safely come out of lockdown if we know where the virus is in Norfolk.
If you or a member of your household have any of the following symptoms – high temperature, continuous cough, loss of sense of smell/taste – it is important that you isolate at home and get a test straight away.
To book a test call 119 or visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
A Local Outbreak Control Plan for Norfolk, Protect Ourselves, Protect Others, Protect Norfolk sets out how the county will support the nationalTest and Trace programme.
Norfolk’s Public Health will work with a range of County Council departments and community partners to prevent local outbreaks in the first place. However, if outbreaks do occur, the plan sets out how they will be tracked in specific work places, settings and communities, and managed to limit further transmission. Also detailed is how Norfolk residents can find further guidance and support.
Norfolk’s Director of Public Health has led on the development of our Local Outbreak Control Plan in partnership with district councils, NHS Chief Executives and the Norfolk Resilience Forum.