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Local Spike In Covid Cases Kept Under Close Scrutiny

By Published September 02, 2020

AN increase in positive coronavirus cases in Middlesbrough is being closely monitored.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said today the spike was not yet at an alarming level, but warned the Council would act decisively if numbers continued to rise.

Middlesbrough Council is working alongside Public Health England's North East Health Protection Team to understand links between the cases.

Mr Preston said: "We've consistently said that Covid never went away in Middlesbrough and this latest increase in cases is more proof of that.

"If the numbers continue going up rapidly we will put appropriate measures in place to protect people's health and jobs.

"The stakes are high for everyone now as kids head back to school and more people begin to support local businesses again.

"We've got to get this right and make sure everyone does all they can to stop the spread."

The Council is reminding residents of the following urgent advice:

  • If you have symptoms, you and everyone in your household must self-isolate
  • This means staying at home other than for medical reasons such as attending a test: do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transport or taxis
  • You must not go outside even to buy food or other essentials, and any exercise must be taken within your home
  • Anyone with symptoms, however mild, should book a test online or by calling 119
  • Anyone advised to self-isolate after a positive test MUST complete their full period of self-isolation by staying at home
  • If you are informed you have been a close contact of someone who has tested positive you MUST continue to self-isolate for the full 14 days even if you have had a negative test
  • Everyone must try to stay two metres away from people they don't live with, wash their hands regularly for at least 20 seconds and wear a face covering in shared transport or in public places such as shops.

The symptoms of coronavirus are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to taste or smell.

More information on self-isolating is available here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/

Further updates will be issued where relevant.

For information on local help and support, visit Help Boro at www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/helpboro or call Middlesbrough Council's support line 01642 729777

The latest advice from Government and Public Health England can be found at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus  

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