Essex’s public health boss is urging residents to ‘be vigilant’ after a surge in cases of Covid-19.

Content originally from Essex Live

Essex’s public health boss is urging residents to ‘be vigilant’ after a surge in cases of Covid-19.

Essex County Council’s Director of Public Health, Dr Mike Gogarty, is appealing to the public to follow guidelines after the county has seen an increase in cases.

Dr Gogarty stressed the importance of social distancing and urged those with symptoms to stop the spread by self-isolating and booking a test.

In just two weeks, around 225 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the Essex County Council area – not including Southend or Thurrock.

In Southend, there have been 38 cases between August 23 and September 6.

In the same two weeks, Thurrock local authority recorded 22 cases.

Dr Mike Gogarty said: “Over the last few weeks we have seen a rise in confirmed cases across the county. Obviously, this was expected but is still concerning.

“I would urge everyone to continue to be vigilant. Coronavirus has not gone away. It is extremely important to maintain social distancing guidelines, keeping at least two meters from others, and to maintain hand-washing. This is even more important now that schools have restarted.”

He added: “Key to stopping the spread is to ensure that if you have any symptoms, you must self-isolate, this is crucial. You must also get tested as soon as possible, and isolate until you know the result.

“We know that nationally, only 30% of people showing symptoms are requesting a test. People should not be put off of requesting a test if they have symptoms and are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.

“Unless people isolate and get tested we will see a strong resurgence of the virus and will be back in lockdown”

Cabinet Member for Health at ECC, Cllr John Spence said: “We appreciate the sacrifices everyone has made to date. We know this has been a very difficult time, but we still all have work to do.

“We need to continue to protect ourselves, and others by adhering to the guidance so that the sacrifices everyone has made are not in vain.”

To view the Q&A with Dr Mike Gogarty held on Essex Live Facebook Page, please click here

The Government have published a Coronovirus Dashboard, details of which can be found here. The Dashboard provides an extremely detailed local as well as national picture of what is happening with the COVID-19 pandemic.