Test, Trace and Protect

In response to the Welsh Government’s Test, Trace, Protect strategy, partners including Public Health Wales, the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and the five Local Authorities in Gwent have joined forces to start contact tracing in Gwent.

People who test positive could be contacted by the contact tracing team and asked to share details of other people they have been in close contact with, for example at home or at work. Staff in the contact tracing service will then call all these ‘contacts’ and provide advice on what they should do. Depending on the situation, this might include:

  • Isolating at home for 14 days
  • Having a test for Covid-19
  • Daily follow-up phone calls to people in order to check for symptoms
  • Providing vulnerable people with specific advice and guidance
  • Reinforcing advice on hygiene at home and in the community, and social distancing

The approach allows cases to be identified and ensure people who test positive to isolate at home and their contacts are provided with the advice they need. This will work to reduce the spread of coronavirus across Gwent. The most common symptoms of coronavirus are recent onset of one or more of the following:

  • A new continuous cough
  • High temperature
  • Loss of or change to sense of smell or taste

You should stay at home for seven days if you have symptoms. If you live with someone who has symptoms but is well, you should self-isolate for 14 days. Four members of staff were redeployed to work on the Track and Trace initiative as contact advisors. This is us working in partnership with the local authority and local health board. Bethan McPherson, Team Manager Connected Communities said “I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you as an organisation for supporting the effort in delivering the interim service; and perhaps more importantly the contribution the 4 officers have made during their time with us. The demands and expectations of the service have been varied and required us all to learn, adapt and respond at a quick pace, which they have all done without complaint. They have all been a great addition to the team and I would be grateful if you could extend my thanks to them all.”