There are a number of disruptions to Council services because of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please check the link below before accessing any of our services.
For details of disruptions and for advice and guidance visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus
Local and National Guidance
Some of the most effective ways we can prevent the spread of this virus are the most straightforward.
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 full details here
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).
From 14 September you should not meet in groups of more than 6, both indoors and outdoors, full details here
It’s not just about protecting yourself, it’s about protecting other people too, particularly those who are most vulnerable to the effects of the virus.
If you have symptoms, stay at home and book a test.
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.
It’s also important that you and everyone in your household stays at home to self-isolate.
A mobile testing site is available in the Dairy car park in Stockton town centre in addition to the main testing centre at Middlehaven in Middlesbrough, but you’ve got to book.
You can find out about testing and self-isolating at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.
But ONLY get a test if you have symptoms
There’s a lot of strain on testing capacity, so it’s very important that you only get a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been asked to get tested because you are a contact of a case,.
If you don’t have symptoms, then please don’t book a test unless you have been advised to do so by a medical professional or NHS Test and Trace. This will help make sure people who need a test can get one.
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.
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.
The team can be contacted on 01642 733906 between 9am and 12noon, Monday to Friday or by emailing [email protected].
Advice on the financial support available if you cannot work due to COVID-19 or self-isolating can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus/worker-support.
For information on what to do if you think you have Coronavirus go to the NHS website www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
For advice and updates from the Government, including stay at home advice and guidance for employers, employees and businesses, go to www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Unfortunately Coronavirus is being used as the basis for new scams - for information about this go to www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk