The COVID-19 Outbreak Management Plan sets out our approach to protecting local residents by preventing, managing and eliminating the virus over time as part of the national Test and Trace programme. It also details how we will support local workplaces to help them stay COVID-19 free and respond to any positive cases as quickly as possible.
The plan is led by our Director of Public Health and has been developed and agreed by public health protection experts from the NHS, Public Health England, the community and voluntary sector and other local government colleagues.
"In the last few days we have been given access to more data about the numbers of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Derbyshire.
"Previously, we received figures on NHS testing, called Pillar 1.
"Now, directors of public health are able to access the government's new test and trace figures, called Pillar 2.
"Public Health England will also be adding these Pillar 2 figures to its national database so the figures for Derbyshire will seem much higher than they were.
"It is important to stress that this doesn't mean there has been a huge spike in cases across Derbyshire – just that 2 sets of known figures have been added together.
"Having access to both sets of data gives the public health team in Derbyshire a clearer picture of the spread of coronavirus in the county. We are also working closely with colleagues in Derby City on this.
"We are now analysing these newly-available figures to help us monitor the situation closely in line with our plans to manage any potential outbreaks.
"We will be keeping a very close eye on any emerging trends of confirmed cases, as we are across every area in Derbyshire, and will take action if required in the future.
"It is important to remember that coronavirus is still in general circulation so it's vital that everyone continues to do what they have been doing for the past few months - stay home as much as possible, maintain social distancing and wash their hands regularly to protect themselves and their loved ones.
"As the rules being relaxed it is more important than ever that we continue to take these basic precautions."