Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This page has information on the coronavirus outbreak and links to some of most important websites for keeping informed. Last updated 04 November 2020.

The NHS in mid and south Essex and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

From Thursday 05 November, England returns to a national lockdown.

  • You should only leave your home for food, medical reasons, exercise, education or work.
  • You must work from home if you can.
  • Avoid travel unless essential
  • Remember to wash your handsm cover your face and make space - stay at least two meters from other people.
  • During the lockdown schools and essential shops like supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open.

For more information, please visit the Gov.uk website.

To make sure you receive the most up-to-date guidance on symptoms, how to look after yourself and others and information on self-isolation and social distancing, please visit nhs.uk/coronavirus

The UK Government is providing daily updates on the coronavirus on its website. Visit their gov.uk/coronavirus webpage for all the latest information. You can also find out more about safely leaving your house and interacting with others on the staying safe outside of your home webpage. For more information on testing and the number of cases in the UK, visit the coronavirus cases in the UK webpage.

Information for parents and young people

We've launched a page on coronavirus packed full of information for parents, young people and children. It contains links to useful resources on a range of topics from explaining coronavirus to children, mental and emotional wellbeing during the outbreak and a host of resources on staying on top of education. Find out more on the Understanding Covid-19 for children, young people and their families webpage.

Support with recovering from Covid-19

Your Covid Recovery is a new NHS website designed to help people recover from the long-term effects of coronavirus, otherwise known as Covid-19.

If you have had Covid-19, you may still have some physical symptoms, such as, breathlessness, a cough and a lack of energy. You may also have psychological symptoms, such as feeling scared or anxious, depressed, having trouble sleeping and struggling to remember or concentrate.

These symptoms, both physical and psychological, are common. Your Covid Recovery includes information from experts about how to manage them and look after your health and wellbeing. It also includes information on returning to work, and a helpful section for family, friends and carers of people who are recovering.

Coronavirus is active in our communities; remember to continue social distancing.

    • Help control the virus by staying home as much as possible. If you go out to the shops or it is absolutely essential for you to use public transport to get to work, wear a face covering.

    • When you do leave your house, make sure to continue social distancing by staying 2 metres apart from anyone who doesn't live with you. Where this isn't possible, wear a face covering.

    • Remember to keep washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and to catch any cough or sneeze with a tissue. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

    • DO NOT leave your home if you have coronavirus symptoms like coughing, fever or loss of smell or taste. You must stay at home for at least 10 days, and anyone living with you must stay at home for 14 days.

Hospitals

For information on routine outpatient appointments and in-patient visiting hours at our local hospitals please visit:

Support for those in high-risk groups

If you have been identified as being in a high-risk group, and are shielding, you may be eligible to recieve support to help with food and essentials supplies. 

For more information please visit the Thurrock Council website.

Medicines information

The below documents have more information on what to do to ensure that you have your medication during the outbreak.

Mental Health Support

It is natural to feel anxious during times of uncertainty. Every Mind Matters have compiled a list of simple things you can do to maintain your mental wellbeing and deal with anxiety about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

You can also find out more about local mental health support avaliable by visiting the mental health support section of our website.