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.
Cllr Allen Mayes, Cabinet member for health, said: "There have been reports online of a case in the Corringham area, and it is important that all residents know exactly what action they need to take to stop the spread of the virus. We need to make sure we still keep two metres apart from those we don’t live with, very regularly wash our hands – especially when we have been out shopping – and wear a face covering in all shops and supermarkets.
"We must stay alert at all times to any of the symptoms of coronavirus – a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of taste and smell. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should go home immediately, book a test online or by calling 119 and you must self-isolate for 10 days. Anyone living with someone who has symptoms will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
"People who are not displaying symptoms of coronavirus should not get a test, as if they do so it could show a false negative result as the virus could still be incubating.
"If you have been in a situation where you have had close contact with a confirmed coronavirus case, for example in a premises where you have supplied your contact details, you will be identified as a contact by the NHS Test and Trace service and they will get in touch with you."