The national Test and Trace service has produced an information pack for businesses to help communicate with staff the best ways of controlling the spread of Covid-19 in Stockport and other areas receiving enhanced government support.
After rapid growth of the Covid-19 Delta variant in Stockport there are now additional measures in place to help us stop the spread of the virus in the borough. Stockport is designated an area of Enhanced Support due to sharp rise in positive tests; there were 597 positive tests there in the last week, 361 more than the previous and up by 153% compared to the previous week.
Workplaces have a key role to play in supporting the response to a variant of concern being identified in or near to our communities, by taking part in twice-weekly workplace testing. Businesses are also encouraged to ask colleagues to continue working from home if they can in areas with strengthened support packages.
Working in partnership with the Test and Trace service, everyone in Stockport is strongly encouraged to:
- Get vaccinated
- Get tested even if you don’t have symptoms and even if you have had one or two doses of the vaccine
- Self isolate if positive and if eligible access the available financial support to help you do this
- Continue to work from home if you can
- Be cautious when meeting others who are not in your household
- Minimise travel outside of the area
The Test and Trace service and Department of Health and Social Care have produced an information and media pack to help businesses to communicate with their workforce in communities such as Stockport where enhanced support is in place. The package in these areas includes Test and Trace measures, enhanced self-isolation support and guidance to take particular caution when meeting others outside of household or support bubbles, exercising the hands, face, space and fresh air guidance.
This pack, to be used alongside information from local authorities, provides internal communications and HR leads with:
- Detailed background on the approaches taken both nationally and locally to suppress the spread of variants of concern;
- Examples of communications content for workplaces to cascade through their internal communications channels;
- Key messages to include in internal communications;
Andrew Furber, Regional Director for the NW at Public Health England said:
“I urge everyone offered a test or a vaccine to take this up to help us suppress and control the spread of this variant.
“The most important thing is that people continue to follow the guidance that is in place limit your number of contacts, wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, keep your distance and cove r your face. If you test positive by any method, you must isolate to stop the spread of the virus. If you have been in close contact with someone who tests positive you must also self isolate.”
Download the support pack here.