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Council writes to residents over sharp rise in cases

Coronavirus cases update

The Council has written to every household in Gateshead expressing its concern over the sharp increase in coronavirus cases in the last week.

The letter, signed by Council Leader Martin Gannon, Chief Executive Sheena Ramsey and Director of Public Health Alice Wiseman, urges residents to do all they can to prevent further spread of the virus.

As a Council we are taking every step to protect our communities, keep frontline services running, support our most vulnerable residents and help businesses reopen.

However, the letter warns people that if infections continue to rise in our area as they currently are, we could see a return to lockdown with shops, restaurants and local services closing once again, which nobody wants to see happen.

Here is the letter in full:

Dear resident,

We need your help

Unfortunately, we have witnessed a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases in the last few weeks and these present a significant concern. We need to act quickly to ensure that it does not get out of control. As a Council we are taking every step to protect our communities, keep frontline services running, support our most vulnerable residents and help businesses reopen. This is not a time for complacency - we must all continue to work together to protect ourselves, protect others and protect our Gateshead.

We are delighted to see children are returning to school and business reopening. These are such important factors for health and wellbeing of every resident in Gateshead. However, with these changes, comes responsibility for our part in keeping transmission of Covid-19 as low as possible.

Even if you think the virus isn't a threat to you, it could be really serious for people in your family, your friends, our vulnerable residents and for others. If infections continue to rise in our area as they currently are, we could see a return to lockdown with shops, restaurants and local services closing once again, which nobody wants to see happen. We are therefore asking you to continue to do your bit by:

  • maintaining a 2m distance from people not in your household
  • washing your hands regularly for 20 seconds
  • wearing a face mask in places where you are asked to do so, unless exempt
  • isolating immediately and calling 119 to arrange a test if you have symptoms of a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste or are advised to do so by NHS Test and Trace.

If we all follow the rules, infections will come down again, allowing us to regain some normality in our everyday lives. We can overcome this by working together.

If you have any concerns about places in Gateshead not following the latest guidance and would like to report this go to www.gateshead.gov.uk/coronavirus. Our webpage also includes our service updates and information on how to access advice and support.

Thank you for playing your part in keeping your community safe.

Yours sincerely

Councillor Martin Gannon
Leader, Gateshead Council
Sheena Ramsey
Chief Executive
Alice Wiseman
Director of Public Health

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus cases update
09 September 2020

The Council has written to every household in Gateshead expressing its concern over the sharp increase in coronavirus cases in the last week.

The letter, signed by Council Leader Martin Gannon, Chief Executive Sheena Ramsey and Director of Public Health Alice Wiseman, urges residents to do all they can to prevent further spread of the virus.

As a Council we are taking every step to protect our communities, keep frontline services running, support our most vulnerable residents and help businesses reopen.

However, the letter warns people that if infections continue to rise in our area as they currently are, we could see a return to lockdown with shops, restaurants and local services closing once again, which nobody wants to see happen.

Here is the letter in full:

Dear resident,

We need your help

Unfortunately, we have witnessed a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases in the last few weeks and these present a significant concern. We need to act quickly to ensure that it does not get out of control. As a Council we are taking every step to protect our communities, keep frontline services running, support our most vulnerable residents and help businesses reopen. This is not a time for complacency - we must all continue to work together to protect ourselves, protect others and protect our Gateshead.

We are delighted to see children are returning to school and business reopening. These are such important factors for health and wellbeing of every resident in Gateshead. However, with these changes, comes responsibility for our part in keeping transmission of Covid-19 as low as possible.

Even if you think the virus isn't a threat to you, it could be really serious for people in your family, your friends, our vulnerable residents and for others. If infections continue to rise in our area as they currently are, we could see a return to lockdown with shops, restaurants and local services closing once again, which nobody wants to see happen. We are therefore asking you to continue to do your bit by:

  • maintaining a 2m distance from people not in your household
  • washing your hands regularly for 20 seconds
  • wearing a face mask in places where you are asked to do so, unless exempt
  • isolating immediately and calling 119 to arrange a test if you have symptoms of a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste or are advised to do so by NHS Test and Trace.

If we all follow the rules, infections will come down again, allowing us to regain some normality in our everyday lives. We can overcome this by working together.

If you have any concerns about places in Gateshead not following the latest guidance and would like to report this go to www.gateshead.gov.uk/coronavirus. Our webpage also includes our service updates and information on how to access advice and support.

Thank you for playing your part in keeping your community safe.

Yours sincerely

Councillor Martin Gannon
Leader, Gateshead Council
Sheena Ramsey
Chief Executive
Alice Wiseman
Director of Public Health

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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