COVID19, General

Director of Public Health speaks to BBC Surrey about coronavirus

Surrey County Council’s Interim Director of Public Health, Ruth Hutchinson spoke this morning to BBC Surrey about the current situation in Surrey regarding the coronavirus.

Ruth said that for most of the population in Surrey, the current situation was “low risk”, and re-emphasised the Public Health England advice that “you should go about your normal business – continue to go to school, continue to go to work.”

“The key public messages are hand hygiene – wash your hands! Sing two verses of Happy Birthday whilst you do it, and use a tissue.”

Ruth also provided an update on what happens when a positive case is found, saying that Public Health England (PHE) undertake a robust contact tracing process to work out who the individual has been in contact with, and where they have been over the past 14 days. PHE then speak with those individuals to assess their level of risk and advise accordingly.

Surrey County Council is working in coordination with Public Health England, and local health colleagues, to ensure the correct advice is being followed and to minimise the risk of further cases. The Council is well prepared to deal with fast-moving situations like this and all services have in place up to date business continuity plans to ensure vital services can still be delivered.

The full interview with BBC Surrey can be heard here.

A previous statement on the coronavirus from Surrey and PHE can be accessed here and a joint statement from Surrey and West Sussex is available here.


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