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COVID-19 remains a risk: a message from Stuart Keeble, director of public health

COVID-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future, so we need to learn to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others.

All of us, including Suffolk’s voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, can play our part by understanding the situations where risks of COVID-19 infection and transmission are likely to be higher, taking action to reduce these risks.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for everything you have been doing to support your teams, volunteers, residents and those you work with over what has been a tumultuous couple of years.

You will know what works best for your group or organisation and, by now, will be used to taking the necessary steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus among your workforce.

In summary, are some important actions you can take to protect yourself, your volunteers, colleagues and people of Suffolk during COVID-19:

  • Ask people with COVID-19 or any of the main COVID-19 symptoms to stay at home and don’t take part in any volunteering or other activity that brings them into contact with others
  • Provide adequate ventilation in any public or team spaces. Read more on HSE’s website.
  • When planning any activities, groups or meetings, check any obvious risks from COVID-19, such as those above
  • Clean more often and encourage basic steps such as hand washing
  • Communicate and promote good practice and keep the dialogue going

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Key messages:

  • Please do not ask your teams or volunteers with any of the main symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result to come to work. If a paid-worker is unable to work from home, you should talk to them about the options available to them.
  • Support people to work from home, or take part in remote volunteering, if they have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19.
  • A limited amount of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is available from the Community Action Suffolk should you need it. Please contact jade.lee@communityactionsuffolk.org.uk
  • Please refer to COVID-19 guidance at www.communityactionsuffolk.org.uk/covid-19/

If your teams or volunteers live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, they should follow the review latest guidance for people with symptoms of a respiratory infection including Covid-19.

Keep all your teams, volunteers and those you work with up-to-date on how you’re using and updating safety measures.

For more information

Visit Community Action Suffolk’s website for support, local and national guidance: www.communityactionsuffolk.org.uk/covid-19/

Please visit Healthy Suffolk for more about being well at work: Staying Well During COVID-19 – Healthy Suffolk