Suffolk's response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find out what Suffolk County Council is saying about the local COVID-19 situation, and how to follow live updates from us.

Last updated: 6 October 2020 (reviewed daily)

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Collaborative Communities COVID-19 Board

The Collaborative Communities COVID-19 Board is a Suffolk wide partnership setup for the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Read about the Collaborative Communities COVID-19 Board.

Suffolk has published a Local Outbreak Control Plan which sets out how Suffolk would prevent and respond to a localised outbreak of COVID-19. 

The plan, which was a requirement of Government to all local authorities, outlines measures to prevent, manage and contain outbreaks of Coronavirus and protect the public’s health. It builds upon existing relationships and processes in place with partner agencies across Suffolk.

Read Suffolk's Local Outbreak Control Plan

An Executive Summary has also been produced which provides an overview of the plan.

Read the Executive Summary

An Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) has also been produced

Read the Equality Impact Assessment

The purpose of the Covid-19 Local Outbreak Engagement Board is to provide strategic democratic oversight of:

  • Planning for and managing potential future outbreaks of Covid-19 in Suffolk, as part of the national Test and Trace Programme, and;
  • Engagement and communication with the public regarding planning for and the management of any such potential future outbreak.

The Local Outbreak Engagement Board is not a properly-constituted decision-making body. Therefore, decisions of the Board are purely advisory. Any recommendations it makes will be considered through the governance arrangements of the appropriate bodies or individuals which will retain decision making sovereignty.


  • Councillor Matthew Hicks, Leader of Suffolk County Council (Chair)
  • Councillor John Ward, Leader of Babergh District Council
  • Councillor Steve Gallant, Leader of East Suffolk Council
  • Councillor David Ellesmere, Leader of Ipswich Borough Council
  • Councillor Suzie Morley, Leader of Mid Suffolk District Council (Vice Chair)
  • Councillor John Griffiths, Leader of West Suffolk Council
  • Ed Garrett, Chief Officer, East Suffolk and Ipswich CCG and West Suffolk CCG
  • Melanie Craig, Chief Officer, NHS Norfolk and Waveney CCG
  • Tim Passmore, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner

In Attendance

  • Councillor Tony Goldson, Chair of the Suffolk Health & Wellbeing Board
  • Councillor James Reeder, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Prevention, Suffolk County Council
  • Nicola Beach, Chief Executive, Suffolk County Council
  • Arthur Charvonia, Chief Executive, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils
  • Stephen Baker, Chief Executive, East Suffolk Council
  • Ian Gallin, Chief Executive, West Suffolk Council
  • Stuart Keeble, Director of Public Health Suffolk County Council (as Chair of the Covid-19 Health Protection Board)
  • Representative from New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Steve Jupp, Chief Constable, Suffolk Constabulary
  • Communications Lead

Meeting dates 2020

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Suffolk's CoronaWatch is the home of data and information produced under the Suffolk Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA).

A bulletin containing the most recent data for Suffolk is produced weekly.

View the most recent CoronaWatch Bulletin.