Email from Public Health - Amanda Healy
Head Teachers have been asked to share this message sent on behalf of Amanda Healy - Director of Public Health for County Durham
Message to staff/parents/pupils
Be Aware, Be Safe.
We are currently seeing increasing Covid-19 infection rates in the north of County Durham and it is therefore really important that we all follow public health guidance and remain vigilant.
The majority of cases across our communities are the Delta variant, currently the main variant nationally, which is more transmittable which means that contacts of cases are now more likely to become infected themselves.
However measures to control the variant are the same and the more robust you are in following these measures, the better protected you and your loved ones are.
As always please follow the Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air guidance. Socialise outside wherever you can. While restrictions are being lifted on 19 July please continue to exercise great caution when mixing indoors beyond this date, as the virus can spread more easily in enclosed spaces.
Two doses of a coronavirus vaccination provide the best protection against the virus. Please attend both appointments as soon as you can.
If you get any symptoms you must self-isolate and book a free test via the NHS website: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test If you are identified as a contact of a case, you too must self-isolate and arrange to have a test as soon as you can. It is a legal requirement that anyone with symptoms or who is a contact of a case self-isolates until they get their test result.
People without symptoms are encouraged to do twice weekly Lateral Flow Device tests at home and to report the results online. Testing kits are available at council venues and pharmacies.
All the latest guidance and information on how to access testing can be found at www.durham.gov.uk/coronavirus.