Covid-19: Call for renewed focus in second half of lockdown

Covid-19: Call for renewed focus in second half of lockdown
20 November 2020

HEALTH bosses in Darlington have used the halfway point in the second national lockdown to thank key workers and call on the public to stay focused in the fight against Covid-19.

Councillor Kevin Nicholson, Darlington Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Health and Housing has issued a joint statement with Penny Spring, the borough’s new Director of Public Health.

They said: “Now we’ve passed the halfway point in this second national lockdown, we thought this was a good time to take a moment to recognise Darlington’s dedicated key workers – doctors, nurses, carers, social workers, supermarket staff and countless others – for all their efforts. Thank you.

“We should also say a big thank you to you, the people of Darlington, for sticking to the rules to ensure our health services are not overwhelmed.

“There have been encouraging noises in recent days and weeks about the possibility of a vaccine. That’s for another day. For now, it is absolutely critical that we all maintain our focus, stick to the rules and fight this virus together.

“Covid cases are continuing to rise, not only here in Darlington, but across the region, and this is likely to continue as autumn gives way to winter. So we need your help, because Covid is still a potent threat to our communities.

“This lockdown is due to end on 2 December – we should know in the coming days what life will be like beyond that date.

“In the meantime, let’s all stick to the rules – wash your HANDS, cover your FACE and make SPACE. Hands – wash them regularly with soap and water. Face – cover your face, especially your nose and mouth, when on public transport or enclosed public places. Space – two metre social distancing.

“If you have symptoms – a new continuous cough, a temperature of 37.8C or higher and a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell – book a Covid test via gov.uk or by calling 119.

Everyone with symptoms must self-isolate until they get their test result. If it is positive, you must continue self-isolating for 14 days.

“Similarly, you must also get test and self-isolate if asked to do so by NHS Test and Trace. This is not optional.

“If we stick to these rules, as well as any new restrictions that come our way following the end of this second national lockdown, we will give ourselves our best shot at getting through these difficult days and weeks together.

“Come on, Darlington. Play your part. Do your bit. Together, we can keep Darlington on the right track. Thank you and stay safe.”

For more information about Covid-19 in Darlington, visit www.darlington.gov.uk/coronavirus