You can make a difference to the COVID-19 rates by keeping to the rules!
COVID-19 is serious – it is real, it does make people poorly, it can make you seriously ill for a long time, it can kill you!
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council want everyone to play their part and protect themselves, their loved ones and to protect Stockton-on-Tees.
By following the national restrictions, we can prevent the spread of this virus.
HANDS – Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.
FACE – Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
SPACE – Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors). This includes informal situations like going for a walk or collecting children from school, we need to keep our social distance to protect everyone.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are:
a high temperature
a new, continuous cough
and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
If you have these symptoms – no matter how mild – book a test online or by calling 119, it is important that you do this as soon as possible.
If you have symptoms, stay at home and book a test.
Self-isolate if you’re told to
If you are informed you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 you can expect a call from NHS Test and Trace please co-operate with them and give them accurate information.
And if they tell you to self-isolate then you must stay at home for 14 days from the day you were last in contact with the infected person. This applies even if you have had a negative test.
It’s important that you and everyone in your household stays at home to self-isolate and that you don’t leave the house even to pop out to the shops or for exercise.
There is a range of financial support available for residents who are struggling financially as a result of COVID-19, including Council Tax support and benefits maximisation, full details here.
Advice on the financial support available if you cannot work due to COVID-19 or self-isolating including Test and Trace Support payments, furlough, mortgage holidays can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus/worker-support.
Remember, the COVID Community Support Team can support vulnerable and elderly residents with food deliveries, shopping, picking up prescriptions or making sure people who are self-isolating and may be worried or lonely get the support they need.
There is a range of support available for businesses including business grants, full details here.
It is also important for businesses to register positive cases with the NHS self-isolation hub to generate an 8-digit reference number that staff and visitors asked to self-isolate will need to apply for a Test and Trace support payment.