Mon 02 Nov 2020

An important message from Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health for Cambridgeshire

As Director of Public Health for Cambridgeshire, I’m writing to give you an update on Covid-19.

An important message from Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health for Cambridgeshire

Covid-19 cases have been rising nationally, and the number of Covid-19 cases in Cambridgeshire has risen from around 55 cases per week in early September to 535 cases per week in late October. We want to do everything possible locally to slow the spread and avoid further restrictions being imposed.

• Covid-19 is spread by social contact, and we know that we can reduce this by encouraging people to work from home where they can, reducing the ‘R’ rate by between 0.2 and 0.4.

• While many workplaces have very good Covid-19 safety measures, staff may still be exposed to the virus when travelling to and from work, or through informal social contact with workmates – such as at lunch or in coffee breaks.

So as local employer, please support your staff to work from home whenever they can at this time.

Other things you can do to help reduce the spread of Covid-19 as a local employer are:

• To follow all government guidance to ensure that your workplace is Covid-secure www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

• Encourage your staff to travel to work safely and not to car-share. If their only option is car-share or minibus then please ask them to wear a face covering and keep windows open, and wash or sanitise their hands before getting into shared transport, or when they leave it. Please contact us if you would like a copy of our leaflet on sharing transport safely, which we have available in different languages.

• Make sure that any of your employees with Covid-19 symptoms self-isolate immediately at home with those they live with – leaving home only to get a test. If that test is positive or if they are advised by NHS by Test and Trace, Public Health or local Environmental Health Officers to self-isolate, please support them to do so for the recommended period.

• Let them know if self-isolation will cause them practical problems like getting shopping or walking a dog and they don’t have anyone to help – that the Countywide hub can offer support on 03450 455219.

• Remind your employees that if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Coronavirus, and then get a negative test themselves, this does not mean they can shorten their selfisolation period of 14 days, as they may become positive later in the isolation period.

• If we work together to tackle the spread of Covid-19 in the ways outlined in this letter, we can reduce the risk of more severe restrictions being imposed in parts of Cambridgeshire which would impact on our local economy, and ultimately on jobs.

Yours sincerely

Dr Liz Robin

Director of Public Health 30th October 2020

For further updates and advice please check our websites which will be regularly updated www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk and www.gov.uk

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