The information below has been provided by the Director of Public Health at Kent County Council.
Information is being published daily at around 2pm here:
PHE also maintain an informative online blog which is available here.
The recommended source of information for the public is now on the NHS website which is here:
People who think they may have symptoms are being pointed to the NHS-111 on-line questionnaire in the first instance, which can be found here:
Public Health England (PHE) continue to provide regular updates on the virus, which provide the most up-to-date and authoritative advice. f
We should all should continue to promote good infection control as this is the single most important thing we can all do in order to slow down transmission of the virus. These are simple things we can all do to reduce the risk of respiratory and other infections such as seasonal colds and flu such as:
Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Links to further nationally published and very useful guidance for schools and education settings, social care and community care settings, employers and business settings and for staff in the transport sector can be found here
Recent days and weeks have brought considerable concerns for a number of residents and communities touched in some way by impacts from the virus at home and abroad. Our public health and emergency planning arrangements in Kent will continue to pull together our hardworking staff, partners and Members to mitigate and minimise impacts from the outbreak wherever possible.