A community action response to COVID-19 will allow us to effectively manage the course of the pandemic where we live, enabling our communities to remain resilient in this challenging time.
Our councils are committed to keeping essential services running for our communities during the Coronavirus outbreak. We are currently working with our partners to identify where and how we can best support those who are most vulnerable. In return we ask that all residents continue to act as good neighbours, as well as supporting friends and family in their time of need.
A growing percentage of our residents will be self-isolating, with this number set to increase over the coming weeks and months. By its very nature, self-isolation is a solitary experience, so we encourage continued contact with loved ones via phone and text, as this small step can significantly improve the wellbeing of somebody in self-isolation.
It is natural for residents to be feeling anxious or lonely, whether they are self-isolating or social distancing. Online resources such as Suffolk Mind are available to provide tips on looking after your mental wellbeing.
We support the guidance from Public Health England, advising people who are self-isolating to do what they can to avoid visitors to their home. Please be mindful of this guidance when assisting those in self-isolation, and ensure deliveries of groceries, medications or other shopping are left at the door.
Our communities have a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation. If you are on the receiving end of this misinformation and feel able to do so, then this should be respectfully challenged, using information from trusted and reliable government sources. We must all be mindful of our comments and actions, so as not to cause undue concern or anxiety within the community. Coronavirus related cons are on the increase, so all residents need to remain vigilant in the fight against fraud.
Due to patient confidentiality the details of anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 will not be made public, so even if you are aware of someone with confirmed Coronavirus please respect their privacy by not sharing this information on social media or with local press.
We are committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of communities in Babergh and Mid Suffolk and will continue to update information as and when it becomes available.