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Council chiefs are urging people in Lichfield and Burntwood to follow official advice as the new coronavirus test and trace service is launched.

The system will see people who are known to have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 asked to self-isolate for 14 days – even if they don’t have symptoms.

The move is the latest step in efforts by the Government to control any future spike in cases as lockdown measures are eased.

Cllr Alan White, Staffordshire County Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for health care and wellbeing, said:

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“The council and everyone who lives, works or visits Staffordshire has a huge role to play in containing this virus.

“As restrictions start to be lifted, it is as important as ever that we follow the advice on handwashing and social distancing if we are going to prevent a second peak of infections.

“If you are contacted by the new test and trace service please do as they ask and self-isolate for 14 days.

“This is about protecting yourself, your family, and the wider community – and avoiding a second peak and further lockdown restrictions.

“There are still difficult times ahead as we balance easing “lock-down” with trying to contain the virus, but as always we will get through this together in Staffordshire.”

Cllr Alan White, Staffordshire County Council

More details on the test and trace project are available on the NHS website.

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.

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11 Comments

  1. People of Lichfield do exactly what the chief stratagist of the government did Do as you like then claim it was correct

  2. I might feel a tad uncomfortable about condemning friends and family to two weeks unpaid (almost) isolation. Especially if they don’t have symptoms.
    I can see so many problems with the scheme I hardly know where to start. Probably best to see how it pans out. One aspect that is undeniable is that unless the levels are almost non existent then it will just regenerate.
    Lastly, should you be contacted be sure the person is legitimate. There is much scope for scams in this scheme.

  3. I’ve just had 7 days off work with symptoms that came back negative that cost 300 a week I can’t afford more time off just because I walk past someone.

  4. There are definitely a few things still need to be resolved with this, but a lot of people could do with getting their heads around the fact that you need to have something like this in place to be able to relax lockdown measures.

    And.. it would be really helpful if people bothered to actually find out about the guidelines before leaping in with their moans and complaints. You won’t need to isolate because you’ve walked past someone on the street or supermarket unless you’ve had face to face contact (less than 1 metre away) or spent longer than 15 minutes within 2 metres them. If you’re doing either of those, you need to seriously look at your own behaviours.

  5. Your compliance is commendable Asellus aquaticus but my observation both on television and locally leads me to believe that it will have limited affect. For one thing it requires you to have a smart phone and the app. Not all have such phones and many will not download the app because it might involve them in isolation. Not greatly public spirited I know but altruism does not pay for rent and food. It also requires you to name contacts. That will probably be selective.
    I agree with your basic tenet that, in a more perfect world, a screening method would be desirable. I’m just not convinced this will give enough return for effort. I also believe the Cummings affair won’t have helped. This has lead to hasty decisions to try and placate a disgruntled public. Together with the time of year, the length of lockdown already, and the government handling of the situation, controlling the populous has become a bar of wet soap.
    Civil liberties have already been affected by coronavirus and the dictates of government. Saying you will isolate individuals and specific areas will prove very problematic. Self preservation is best served when you can see the same rules apply to everyone.

  6. Hi Philip,
    The proposal for the track and trace is not based on that ‘phone app, it’s based on applying the same contact tracing methods used regularly outside of a pandemic situation by public health and environmental health and sexual health on a day by day basis.
    And no, it won’t be perfect. But it’s the main reason that some countries have managed the outbreak so much better than we have. It would be a crying shame if it’s rejected out of hand because we’re all annoyed with Cummings.

    That’s not to say there aren’t things that need sorting (especially relating to employment), but most of the comments I’ve seen on here criticising it are from people who haven’t actually looked at how it’s going to work…

  7. Mmm, I think that it is just the another excuse for further government mass surveillance and control of the population and a restriction on people doing ..well basically anything. A little bit like the Chinese Social Credit system.

  8. Asellus…. You have me confused now. I thought the government trial on the Isle of Wight was about app based tracking and the time and distance spent in contact with a known infected person. This has been prominantly shown on television. The methodology indicates to all parties anonymously what there status is and what they must do. This is obviously satellite based.
    I doubt the pencil and paper method could cope on a countrywide basis, as mobility is obviously a factor. I am sorry to be pedantic, but like so much information surrounding this pandemic we seem to be getting mixed messages.

  9. Philip, I think that app has been quietly dropped…

    You are likely to know the identity of most people that you have talked face to face with in close (less than 1m) proximity, or who you have spent more than 15 mins within 2m. That is unless you’ve totally given up on any notion of social distancing.

    I heard a quote from a chap who was a world expert on dealing with epidemics (I forget his name) who said that in these sorts of crises, ‘perfection is the enemy of good’ in other words, we need to act fast and not spend ages trying to solve every aspect…

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