The current picture of COVID-19 within Stockton-on-Tees is a serious one. Since May 2020 there have been over 11,000 cases of COVID-19 across the Borough, with 2,000 people admitted to hospital.
Unfortunately, since November 2020 we have seen a significant, sharp increase in the number of deaths from COVID-19, the number of admissions into hospital and the number of patients requiring ventilation while in hospital. The intention of this letter is not to scare you, but to underline how serious our current situation is, and to ask for your help.
Every action businesses and staff can take now to reduce transmission and the number of new cases in Stockton makes a significant difference. The single most important action we can all take at this moment is to follow the national guidance and to stay at home wherever possible.
Please act responsibly and share the following information and messages with your staff.
There are a number of ways in which businesses can contribute. Operating virtually or working from home if possible are key, as well as ensuring covid safe working. Please see here for further information on covid safe working https://www.stockton.gov.uk/our-economy/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-and-guidance-for-businesses/. Our local covid marshals are available to provide direct support.
Please let us know if you require further information or advise. This could be how to promote covid safe messages, any queries about cases, outbreaks and self-isolation, or financial support. You can find further information on our website https://www.stockton.gov.uk/ or you can contact us via https://digital.stockton.gov.uk/covid19-contactus.
Get tested! Around one in three people with COVID-19 do not have any symptoms but can still spread the virus. Stockton has 3 local testing centres for anyone without symptoms who is living or working in Stockton. Tests are free, take only a few minutes and can be taken up to twice weekly. Please book online https://www.stockton.gov.uk/our-people/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-testing/
Anyone with covid symptoms should book a test online at https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or via 119.