Guidance on who should visit those in care during the coronavirus outbreak and what to do if a positive case is identified.
The guidance comes after many care homes went into lockdown after the number of cases rose sharply in the UK this week.
Health & Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “I understand how worried people most in need of care will be about coronavirus, and how concerned families around the country will be for their loved ones. And I want everyone to know we are working around the clock to ensure we do everything possible to reduce the risk vulnerable and elderly people face.”
Anyone who is suspected of having COVID-19, with a new continuous cough or high temperature, is advised to not visit care homes or people receiving home care and self-isolate.
People receiving care should be isolated in their rooms if they have coronavirus symptoms. Care staff are advised to use protective equipment to minimise the risk of transmission.
GPs have been asked to look at the possibility of offering digital appointments for patients and their families.
Councils have been told to map out all care and support plans to prioritise people who are at the highest risk and contact all registered providers in their local area to facilitate plans for mutual aid.
The guidance can be found by clicking here.
A new taskforce has been launched by the government to support local areas bringing together experts from across key sectors, including adult social care, to assess Local Resilience Forum plans, and provide support and advice to ensure that they are robust.
More information on the local taskforce can be found here.