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Covid Testing Ramped Up To Combat Local Outbreak

By Published September 03, 2020

EXTRA coronavirus testing is coming to Middlesbrough in response to a concerning increase in positive cases.

Middlesbrough Council was informed of five new positive coronavirus cases in the borough on Thursday.

The five new cases follow 14 on Wednesday, 12 on Tuesday and seven on Monday.

A mobile testing unit, operated on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care, will return to Newport Community Hub on Saturday and Sunday. Timings will be confirmed on Friday (Sept 4).

Yesterday the Council issued an urgent appeal to residents and businesses to follow government advice to avoid the threat of local lockdown restrictions.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said today: "Our infection rate per 100k of population is now around 35 and that is concerning.

"We need to keep a tight grip on the virus to stop it damaging people's health and causing havoc with people's jobs."

On Wednesday the Council was joined by Cleveland Fire Brigade as it started to inspect licensed premises for evidence of bad practice.

The action follows concern over the potential for Covid-19 to spread quickly in venues not following safety guidelines.

After a public appeal yesterday, the Council received more than 30 emails, including one piece of video footage, as members of the public raised concerns over businesses where rules are not being followed.

Reports can continue to be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mr Preston has praised Linthorpe Road bar Sticky Fingers after management updated their policies around admitting groups following the Council's warning of the threat of lockdown. 

He said: "It's great to see Sticky Fingers being responsible and I praise everyone who is playing their part in keeping our town safe.

"I'm also thankful to members of the public who are reporting their concerns to us.

"This is a clear message to any businesses that are flouting the rules. The public will be our eyes and ears and we will act on their concerns."

The Council is continuing to remind residents of the following urgent advice:

  • If you have coronavirus 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 free test online or by calling 119. The test centre at Middlehaven has capacity for around 800 tests per day and home test kits can also be requested
  • 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 the critical rules around self-isolating is available here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/


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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