Concern in Stockton-on-Tees as COVID-19 cases climb
The number of new Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Stockton-on-Tees has risen again, this week's COVID-19 data 'dashboard' for the Borough has confirmed.
The dashboard, published on the Council website every Wednesday, shows 39 new cases were confirmed in the week to September 6, a rate of 19.8 new cases per 100,000 people.
That's up from 29 new cases the previous week and a rate of 14.7.
"The numbers are heading in the wrong direction and that's obviously a concern," said Councillor Bob Cook, Leader of the Council and Chair of the Borough's Local Outbreak Engagement Group (LOEG).
"As you'd expect, we're monitoring case numbers and details very closely but the challenge remains the same - we have to flatten the spike and we need our residents and businesses to help us achieve that.
"We all need to do our bit and we need to do it now. If we all follow the rules then we can get this under control and avoid the threat of a local lockdown. But if we don't, case numbers will continue to rise.
"So, if you have symptoms, stay at home and book a test. If you are told to self-isolate, then self-isolate. Remember basics like hand washing, social distancing and face coverings.
"These are the things that will help us fight this off."
You can keep up with all Coronavirus (COVID-19) related developments in the Borough via the Council's webpage Stockton Borough Council.