We have seen the first signs of an increase in cases of COVID-19 in Clacton and Harwich.
We want to reassure residents that we are taking necessary action with our partners to understand this and put measures in place to ensure people remain safe. It is essential if this disease is to be controlled that people maintain social distancing measures and follow the latest government advice.
The latest data is available through the COVID-19 tracker tool. This shows a small increase in the numbers. Our detailed analysis and knowledge from the Essex and Southend Contact Tracing Service shows that this is mainly in young adults.
The Essex and Southend Contract Tracing Service is working to contact those who may be considered contacts and providing the necessary advice and support. We are also working locally with Tendring District Council’s Health Protection team to target key areas and locations to provide specialist advice.
However, it is most important that people remember that COVID-19 is still with us and could increase again at any time unless we observe protective measures. People must stay two meters from each other if they are to avoid transmitting the disease. If this is not possible other measures such as wearing a face covering should be taken. Please continue to be vigilant with handwashing and if you do feel unwell you should isolate yourself and get a test via the NHS.
Councillor Neil Stock OBE, Tendring District Council Leader, said the authority is aware of an increase in Covid-19 cases in the area.
“We are working closely with our colleagues at both Essex County Council and Public Health England as part of the overall response,” Cllr Stock said.
“We are asking residents to stick to the guidelines which are in place to protect us all. So keep washing your hands regularly, follow social distancing of two-metres, or one metre-plus where that is not possible, wear a face covering when out in public. If you have symptoms, then do not go out, and get yourself tested.
“This applies to everyone, of all ages and genders. If everyone sticks to these guidelines then we have the best possible chance of minimising transmission of coronavirus in our community. If people do not, then we face the potential of a local lockdown as we have seen previously in places like Leicester.
“I would advise people to follow our social media channels and check our website, or that of Essex County Council, for further updates.”