Private and online tributes to lead Remembrance commemorations

21 October 2020
Thurrock residents are encouraged to mark Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day privately this November with commemorations at home. 
Cllr Deb Huelin, Cabinet member for communities, said: "I understand how important marking these occasions are to Thurrock's residents, but it needs to be done in a different way this year as everyone continues to play their part in stopping the spread of coronavirus.

Thurrock remains at Tier 1 Medium local COVID alert level

16 October 2020
Thurrock will remain at the lowest Tier 1 Local COVID Alert Level of Medium while neighbouring Essex County Council and London boroughs go into Tier 2 High alert restrictions from tomorrow (Saturday 17 October).
This means residents living in Thurrock will need to continue to follow national social distancing guidance, including the rule of six, and remember to follow 'hands, face, space' advice.

Leader's concern at Essex County proposal to escalate COVID-19 restrictions

13 October 2020
Thurrock Council Leader, Councillor Rob Gledhill, has criticised Essex County Council's request to the Secretary of State for Health that they be put into a higher local COVID-19 alert category immediately.
Their actions could have far reaching implications for Thurrock's businesses and residents, who may also be forced into the higher category of restriction because of this request despite the fact that Thurrock has the 126th lowest rate of infection out of 149 local authorities nationwide.

Leader responds to local COVID-19 alert level

12 October 2020
Thurrock Council Leader, Cllr Rob Gledhill, has responded to speculation in the local media about the local COVID-19 alert levels and made clear the position for Thurrock.
Cllr Gledhill said: "Thurrock has the 126th lowest rate of infection out of 149 local authorities nationwide, therefore the government’s announcement today that we are in Tier 1 – Medium alert level is wholly appropriate for us based on the current evidence.

Hard work of council staff highlighted in report to Council

1 October 2020
Significant achievements across core services and the dedication of council workers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic have been highlighted in a report presented to Full Council.
The report, delivered by Cllr Deborah Huelin, Cabinet member for central services and communities, showcased the work of services across her portfolio.

Action to take to stop the spread of COVID-19

1 September 2020
Everyone in Thurrock needs to play their part to stop the spread of coronavirus. COVID-19 infection rates in Thurrock are low compared with the rest of the country, but it is important that all residents know what action to take to keep this rate down.

Assumptions based on coronavirus app data dismissed as 'scientifically unsound'

19 August 2020
Thurrock Council has hit out at claims made by the developers of the unofficial COVID Symptom Study app that the borough should be classed as a 'coronavirus hot-spot' after just 3 people posted information to it saying they thought they had COVID-19 symptoms.
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "It's a shame that such scientifically unsound data from a tiny sample of self-selected app users should be used to spread fear and misinformation.

Statistics report creates false impression of excess deaths in Thurrock

5 August 2020
A simplistic look at excess death rates has created a false impression that Thurrock has seen an extremely high number of excess deaths during the coronavirus pandemic.
Figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show excess deaths in Thurrock peaked in the week ending 17 April, with 286% more deaths than usual. Those figures, however, include the 39 men and women who were tragically discovered in Eastern Avenue, Grays last October. Their deaths were not formally registered until 11 April 2020, following the proceedings of an inquest by HM Senior Coroner.

Test and Trace for Thurrock

3 July 2020
Thurrock Council is working with NHS Test and Trace to ensure anyone that has symptoms of COVID-19 is tested quickly and plans are in place to prevent the virus spreading in the borough.
In addition to the national testing programme, Thurrock Council's Outbreak Control Plan sets out a local strategy to prevent and control COVID-19 in Thurrock. It is primarily focused on preventing, monitoring and reducing the spread of COVID-19 at a local level.