Last updated Friday 18 August 11:38am

Preventing and managing Covid-19

The Sheffield Local Outbreak Control Plan puts in place measures to contain any Covid-19 outbreak in the city. It is overseen by the Covid-19 Prevention and Management Board.

You can also get in touch with the Board and take part in online question and answer sessions.


Updates from the Director of Public Health

You can view updates from Greg Fell, Director of Public Health in Sheffield.


COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called Coronavirus.

We urge you to stay at home if you have symptoms of Coronavirus:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.

To book a test contact NHS online or call 119 to arrange an appointment.


Social distancing and self-isolation

  • remember to practice social distancing when engaging with people
  • encourage people on the streets to self-isolate if they are showing any symptoms of Coronavirus
  • for anyone on the streets without a tenancy, they can freephone Sheffield’s Street Outreach Team on 0800 066 5358 or TEXT “SOTS” to 80800 following by your message


Get advice from trusted sources

Please take advice only from trusted sources. These are:


Looking after your physical and mental wellbeing while staying at home

If you have to stay at home because of Coronavirus it's important to take care of your mind as well as your body.
This applies if you are:

  • self-isolating
  • working from home

Things you can do to support yourself:

  • get the facts - get information from reputable sources
  • keep in touch with friends and family remotely by phone, skype or social media
  • involve children and family and help others understand the facts
  • avoid continual media updates as exposure to repeated information can be stressful
  • try not to dwell 
  • get active and keep busy with things you enjoy doing, eg watching films, baking, light exercise in your home or garden

Sheffield Children's Hospital Psychology team have produced Mental Health and wellbeing resources. They are suitable for parents, children and young people.


Physical activity

Staying active will benefit both your physical and mental health - whatever your age or ability. Try to build physical activity into your daily routine


Become a volunteer

If you are fit and healthy and interested in helping people who are vulnerable you can volunteer in your local community.


Get help to stop smoking from Sheffield Stop Smoking Service

Smokers are at increased risk from COVID-19 because it affects the respiratory system.


Sexual health and COVID-19

The Sexual Health Department in Sheffield is following public health guidance to protect the health and wellbeing of all patients. 

They are offering a reduced service to minimise patient attendances at the hospital. For STI screening and routine testing, please use our online service which can be accessed via our website, otherwise please contact the department on 0114 226 8888 to discuss available appointment options.


Drugs, alcohol and domestic abuse

Sheffield DACT can offer support if you are struggling with drug and alcohol problems or if you are experiencing domestic abuse:

A number of Recovery Support Groups are now available online. See the Sheffield Recovery Community Facebook page for any new updates.

Narcotics Anonymous are offering online groups at:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous helpline:         0114 2701984
  • Narcotics Anonymous helpline:          0300 9991212
  • Smart Recovery @ SASS:                 0114 2587553


Vaccinations and Immunisations

  • while Coronavirus has had an impact and put limitations on all our lives, it is important that you or your baby or child still have routine vaccinations. They protect against serious and potentially deadly illnesses and stop outbreaks in the community
  • it is safe to go and have your vaccinations – GP practices have measures in place to minimise any risk to you and your family
  • if you or your child has missed a vaccinations appointment because of disruption related to COVID-19, please ring your GP practice to re-book
  • if the person needing vaccination has Coronavirus symptoms or is self-isolating because someone in the household is displaying symptoms, please contact your GP practice to reschedule
  • visit NHS Vaccinations for more information


Government Guidance on Shielding

If you have been shielding because you’re clinically extremely vulnerable, the Government's advice changed from Saturday 1 August:

  • the Government will no longer be advising you to shield
  • you can go to work, as long as the workplace is COVID-secure – but carry on working from home if you can
  • children who are clinically extremely vulnerable can go back to school (when the rest of their class goes back)
  • you can go outside to buy food, to places of worship and for exercise – keeping 2 metres away wherever possible
  • free food parcels will no longer be delivered from the Government but NHS Volunteer Responders can carry on delivering the food you buy, prescriptions and essential items to you if you need it. You can also still call our Community Helpline on 0114 273 4567 if you still need help
  • you may still be at risk of severe illness if you catch coronavirus, so wash your hands regularly, avoid touching your face and keep 2 metres away from people outside of your household or bubble wherever possible


Guidance for the safe use of places of worship

Places of worship play an important role in providing spiritual leadership for many individuals, and in bringing communities and generations together. However, their communal nature also makes them places that are particularly vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19.

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