Guidance: Reporting outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Department Of Health


COVID-19 early outbreak management information has been created to make sure that people who run businesses or organisations:

  • know how to recognise and report an incident of coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • are aware of measures local health protection teams may advise in order to contain it

This information is contained within action cards that have been designed for specific situations where an outbreak could occur. This could be a restaurant or office, a construction site or a place of worship.

Published 24 July 2020
Last updated 18 December 2020 +show all updates

  1. Added engineering and maintenance depots to list of action cards by sector and amended details on ‘What you can do to manage a possible outbreak’.

  2. Updated section ‘Early outbreak management action card example’.

  3. Added children’s homes, and courts and tribunals to list of action cards by sector.

  4. Updated with details and links to the latest ‘action cards’ for different types of workplace.

  5. Updates have been made to the definition of an outbreak, in line with revised guidelines.

  6. Added links to specific coronavirus resource centre sections.

  7. First published.

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