Statement from the Kent Resilience Forum
Residents in Kent and Medway face an unprecedented challenge from Covid-19 (coronavirus) and the impact it is having on our lives, work and families.
The Kent Resilience Forum recognises that these are extremely difficult times for everyone and is committed to ensuring that people in Kent are kept informed and as safe as possible from the effects of Coronavirus.
Partners have tried and tested plans in place to respond collectively to health pandemics and all agencies are working closely with Public Health England (PHE) and the NHS to support the measures being introduced to manage this evolving situation.
All the efforts of our partners are focussed on supporting our communities through the challenges that they now face and our priority is to ensure vulnerable people and those most affected by Covid-19 get the help they need.
We urge residents to keep up with updated Covid-19 guidance and advice from government to keep ourselves safe and protect our health and livelihoods. Current government guidance is to practice social distancing, which involves working from home and all avoiding social activities and gatherings..
Latest government advice
Keep up to date with the latest government advice online by vising the official website: www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading
Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You can only leave your home:
to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
for any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary
If you have a new continuous cough or a high temperature you should stay at home for seven days. If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person had symptoms.
All residents are encouraged to follow national government advice which includes taking basic hygiene precautions, such as washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, to reduce the chances of spreading any virus.
Look after your health and wellbeing
To help yourself stay well while you're at home:
stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media
try to keep yourself busy – you could try activities like cooking, reading, online learning and watching films
do light exercise at home, or outside once a day
Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
Current evidence indicates that most cases appear to be mild, with patients experiencing flu-like symptoms. However, older residents or those with weakened immune systems or long-term conditions may experience more severe symptoms.
The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
a high temperature
shortness of breath
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do if:
you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
your condition gets worse
your symptoms do not get better after seven days
Only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online.
Updates on local services
Visit your local authority website for guidance and updates about changes to local services:
Getting help and volunteering
Support for voluntary groups and individuals is being offered by district and borough councils across Kent communities by visiting our community support page
Updates on public transport
Stay up to date with any changes to public transport services.
Trains: visit the Southeastern website, check on Facebook @southeasternofficial or Twitter @SE_railway.
Covid-19 coronavirus information
For the latest health advice visit the:
For the latest Public Health England updates and government guidance about coronavirus go to:
UK Government free WhatsApp information service
Receive the latest official advice and information via WhatsApp.
These links take you to support and advice on looking after your health and wellbeing while staying at home: