Coronavirus: information for councils

Useful information for councils on novel coronavirus COVID-19.

The LGA is liaising with Public Health England (PHE), the Department for Health and Social Care and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government regarding the evolving situation with the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Local authority Directors of Public Health are in close contact with PHE.

Useful links

Latest Government advice 
Regularly updated information for the public on the outbreak, including the current situation in the UK and advice about the virus and its symptoms, as well as statements from the Chief Medical Officer on confirmed cases in the UK.

PHE blog: novel coronavirus - what you need to know
PHE is addressing common questions on its Public Health Matters blog.

PHE blog: what is contact tracing?
One of the ways in which PHE seek to protect the public from infectious diseases like novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is contact tracing. In this blog Nick Phin, Deputy Director at PHE’s National Infections Service, answers some questions about how this works.

PHE blog: what is self-isolation and why is it important?
PHE explains what self-isolation is, why it is important, and which groups are currently being advised to self-isolate.

PHE Campaign Resource Centre: novel coronavirus
PHE has launched a UK-wide public information campaign to advise the public on how to slow the spread of coronavirus and reduce the impact on NHS services. Its Campaign Resource Centre holds materials which can be used by councils for distribution to their communities.

Coronavirus - what you need to know
PHE has created a page of FAQs, that will be updated regularly.