Latest Stay at home advice from the Government of Jersey
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Update 9th march 2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19) – advice for colleagues
There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jersey. 84 tests have been carried out on people who were experiencing similar symptoms to the virus, but all have been negative.
If you need to self-isolate and take time away from work because of Coronavirus, we’ve prepared frequently asked questions about what you need to do (see below).
How are we preparing for Coronavirus?
· a daily Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) meeting which is chaired by Dr Ivan Muscat, Jersey’s consultant microbiologist and Deputy Medical Officer of Health
· a weekly Tactical Coordination Group (TCG) chaired by Rob Sainsbury, Group Managing Director, Health and Community Services
· a Strategic Coordination Group (SCG) chaired by Julian Blazeby, Director General of Justice and Home Affairs.
Emergencies Council meeting
What can I do?
Frequently asked questions
What happens if I can’t attend work because I’m in self-isolation or quarantine?
If you have to self-isolate or quarantine, you’ll be entitled to receive your usual pay. Time away from the workplace for these reasons won't be logged against managing attendance indicators. This is also the case if we tell you not to come into work. We recognise that it might not be possible for you to get a sick certificate in these circumstances.
If you're not at work but are well, we’ll support you in working from home if appropriate. However, that won't be possible for all roles.
What happens if I’m absent from work looking after a dependant who has to self-isolate?
Will I be entitled to sick pay if I have Coronavirus?
You should let your line manager know as soon as possible if you can't go to work. We recognise that it might not be possible for you to get a sick certificate in these circumstances.
What will happen if my workplace has to close?
If it does become necessary to close your workplace, you'll be entitled to your usual pay throughout the period. If your work can be done at home, we may ask you to do so.
What if I don’t want to go to work, because I’m afraid of catching Coronavirus?
We're constantly updating our advice on Coronavirus at www.gov.je/Coronavirus. Unless you meet the criteria for self-isolating, you should continue to go to work as normal. We'll listen to any concerns that you may have and flexible working, such as homeworking, could be offered if appropriate.
If, for any reason, you wish to take time off work, then this will be treated as holiday or unpaid leave. Please talk to your manager in the first instance.
Coronavirus: updated advice 25th February 2020
The advice from Public Health England (PHE) has been updated to ask people arriving from any of the dozen or so Northern Italian towns under specific containment measures (see below for details) to stay at home and isolate themselves from other people for 14 days, even if they have no flu-like symptoms.
PHE has updated its list of Category 1 countries. They are asking travellers to self-isolate on their return from these countries for 14 days even if they have no symptoms. This list now includes Iran and any Italian town under special measures. In addition, this list in Jersey has been adapted to include the whole of mainland China (not just Hubei) and the whole of South Korea, not just special containment areas.
A helpline – (01534) 445566 – is available for anybody in Jersey who is concerned that they may have symptoms of Coronavirus. The line is open between 8.30am and 11pm. Islanders who contact the number outside of these times, or who phone and the line is busy, can leave a message and their call will be returned.
Consultant Microbiologist, Dr Ivan Muscat, said: “Our clinicians are working hard to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and we can all play our part by following advice. We should self-isolate where appropriate, call the helpline and not turn up unannounced at the GP’s surgery or Emergency Department, and practice basic hygiene.
“Washing hands regularly, ensuring surface and touch-surface hygiene, and using tissues when we cough and sneeze plays a critical role in minimising the spread of viruses like this.”
Islanders who develop a fever, a cough or difficulty breathing within 14 days of travel from countries affected by Coronavirus (COVID -19) should call the helpline for assistance and to arrange testing.
People are reminded that they should self-isolate and not attend the Emergency Department or their GP surgery unannounced.
The countries affected by Coronavirus are:
- Northern Italy (specific lockdown areas as designated by the government of Italy)
- Mainland China
- South Korea
- Hong Kong
Anyone arriving in Jersey from mainland China or from the specific towns locked down in Northern Italy, Iran or South Korea should self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival, whether or not they have symptoms.
People who have travelled from an affected country and feel very unwell, should call an ambulance and state their travel history, but they are asked not to go to the GP or the Emergency Department without contacting them first.
Simple hygiene practices can reduce the spread of viruses. Islanders are reminded to:
- always carry tissues and use them to catch coughs and sneezes, and bin the tissue
- wash hands with soap and water, or use sanitiser gel, to kill germs
- ensure surface and touch surface hygiene.Up to date information about Coronavirus www.gov.je/coronavirus.
The government of Italy introduced extraordinary measures that allow regions to implement civil protection measures in response to Coronavirus.
This incldes the isolation of 10 small towns in Lombardy (Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo and San Fiorano) and one in Veneto (Vo’ Euganeo).
The regions of Lombardy, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Piemonte and Emilia Romagna have announced measures that include the suspension of events that include meeting in public or private places, the suspension of schools and higher education and the suspension of the opening of museums and other cultural institutions for seven days.
Advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Public Health England website.
Public Health England poster: "Advice on the coronavirus for places of education"
In light of the Coronavirus public health emergency, the Government of Jersey has issued the advice below.
Consultant microbiologist for Health and Community Services, and Deputy Medical Officer of Health, Dr Ivan Muscat said: “Keeping hands clean, using tissues and then immediately disposing of them, and ensuring desks and touch points like handles and light switches are clean are the best ways to ensure that the spread of germs is reduced significantly.”
Please continue to be vigilant