Coronavirus

Advice and Information

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At Dudley Council, we understand residents and visitors will have concerns about the coronavirus. The situation is changing rapidly as we find out more about the virus. The council is monitoring the situation closely and coordinating with Public Health England. We are taking all possible steps to keep people safe.

Latest national advice

Stay alert

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • Wash your hands regularly

Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has the following symptoms: 

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Or, if told to by an NHS contact tracer

Here's more on what we can and can't do

Meeting others from outside your household

Single adult households will be able to form a 'support bubble' with one other household from 13 June.

This means that in England, there are two ways for people to meet those outside their household:

  • Meeting outdoors in a group of up to 6 people with those you do not live with, whilst observing social distancing guidelines and keeping at least 2 metres apart
  • From 13 June, single adult households – in other words adults who live alone or with dependent children only – can form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each others’ homes, including overnight, without needing to stay 2 metres apart.

Further guidance on meeting others from outside your household.

Staying alert and safe (social distancing)

Everyone is being encouraged to stay alert to help control the virus, social distancing is a vital part of this.

Social distancing is reducing face to face contact you have with other people. This means avoiding gatherings in public places, limiting contact with other people from outside your household (you may now meet one other person from outside your household in a public outdoor space, as long as you adhere to keep to 2 metres apart), working from home where possible, keep 2 metres apart from others where possible and use public transport only where absolutely essential.

The government is strongly advising everyone to follow these measures and to significantly limit face to face interaction with family and friends where possible. This must be particularly stringent for the over 70s, people of all ages with long term health conditions and people who are pregnant. This advice is likely in be in place for some time. 

View the Government's latest advice on staying alert and social distancing.

Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has any of the following:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Self isolation

Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has any of the following:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.

If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

If you have symptoms and live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days. If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

If after 7 days, you no longer have a high temperature you can return to your normal routine. If you still have a high temperature, stay at home until your temperature returns to normal. If you still have a cough after 7 days, but your temperature is normal, you do not need to continue staying at home. A cough can last for several weeks after the infection has gone.

If symptoms get worse after seven days, people should contact NHS 111 online for advice.

Visit the NHS Coronavirus page for more information

Masks and face coverings

The Government is now encouraging people to wear masks or face coverings in enclosed public spaces such as shops to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

From the 15 June it will be mandatory for passengers to wear face coverings when using public transport in England from 15 June.

Face coverings are not a replacement for social distancing, which remains an important action.

Read the Government advice on how to wear and make a face covering.

Coronavirus NHS test and trace and Local Outbreak Control Plan

If you have COVID-19 symptoms you must self-isolate immediately and get a test. Then you will know for sure if you and your household must continue to self-isolate.

If you test positive for COVID-19 you will be asked either online or on the phone about your recent close contacts, anyone you have been within 2-metres of for at least 15 minutes and places you have visited.

The people you have been in contact with will then be asked to self-isolate for 14 days by an NHS contact tracer.

For more details on Test and Trace look on the NHS website.

Local Outbreak Control Plan

With the easing of lockdown and as we move our focus to the next phase of management of the COVID-19 epidemic, a locally led system to prevent and reduce transmission of the virus is critical.

The Dudley local outbreak control plan will build on the strong relationships with key partners and the approach already in place for tackling situations and outbreaks locally during the pandemic including work across our care homes.

The aim of this plan is to reduce the spread of the virus, to prevent and minimise the impact of a potential second wave, whilst reducing the direct and indirect health, social and economic consequences. It details how we identify early and manage local outbreaks and how we will support high risk locations and vulnerable communities.

Coronavirus testing

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available. 

NHS video - How to wash your hands

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