The COVID-19 situation is being led nationally, and Sefton Council are working closely with Public Health England (PHE) and NHS partners, and are following national guidance issued by the Department of Health and Social Care and PHE.
A key part of the public health team’s role is to help deliver and communicate national strategy at a local level. This includes directing individuals, communities, organisations and businesses across Sefton to national guidance and the most appropriate sources of information and advice.
The most up to date information and guidance can be found on the Department of Health and Social Care webpage
The following includes specific guidance for education, transport, social care and other employers/workplaces, and these have been circulated in Sefton to our local partners. To find out more, please click here.
In Sefton we have a Council and NHS group that meets regularly to review the COVID-19 situation and at all levels (international, national, regional and local) to ensure that we take the necessary steps to protect the health and wellbeing of people who live, work and visit the Borough.
This includes updating our local health protection plans, keeping our partners updated as to the current situation, and ensuring communications messages are disseminated appropriately.
We all have a part to play in preventing the spread of all infections, including Coronavirus.
You should always take steps to reduce the spread of germs by catching your sneezes in a tissue, binning used tissues, then washing your hands.
CATCH IT, BIN IT, KILL IT
Concerns and what to do next
You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation.
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you have difficulties communicating or hearing, you can call 18001 111 on a textphone.
The Government has said it now has capacity, nationally, to carry out 73,4000 coronavirus tests per day and that home testing will increase to 25,000 per week.
It announced there are now 41 drive-through testing centres with a further 48 due to open this week. Also, over 70 army-coordinated testing sites will be open by the end of the week.
The Government also says testing is being rolled out to asymptomatic staff in care homes and that anyone working or living in a care home will be able to get a test whether they have symptoms or not.
Testing is also being made available to all people over 65 and their households.
Check the Government’s latest guidance on Coronavirus testing.
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