Coronavirus updates for Essex on Gateway 97.8

Welcome to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) page, which is regularly updated. We are still bringing you the latest news on air, alongside a Coronavirus Update at 5:30pm every Friday evening, which has been running since March 2020.

For the Gateway Response page, click here.

Here’s the latest Coronavirus Update with Johnny Jenkins:

14th January

Johnny is on air every Friday at 5:30pm and on Sunday mornings from 9-12 with the latest news.

Health

Deaths

600 Basildon residents have died with COVID-19, a total which has risen by 10 in the past week. (As of 18th January).

515 Thurrock residents have died with COVID-19, a total which has risen by 6 in the past week. (As of 18th January).

Our thoughts are with the friends and family suffering from their loss. You can find the latest government figures by clicking here.

Cases

The trend of coronavirus cases in Basildon is decreasing. The rate per 100k population is at 854.7 (As of 18th January).

The trend of coronavirus cases in Thurrock is decreasing. The rate per 100k population is at 928.6 (As of 18th January).

Both are below the national average.

The new Omicron Covid variant has been identified in the UK.

But how is this affecting us? The Director of Public Health for Essex, Dr Mike Gogarty has been speaking with political editor Johnny Jenkins:

Recorded in January 2022

Hospital admissions across Mid and South Essex (Basildon, Broomfield and Southend) are up 4% on last week. (As of 31st October).

You can find the latest government figures by clicking here.

Vaccines

Across Mid and South Essex (Basildon, Broomfield and Southend), 2,368,194 vaccines have been distributed. 899,244 are first dose vaccines, 836,739 are second dose vaccines and 632,211 are third vaccine doses. (As of 13th January)

These figures are updated weekly, on Thursdays. Data is available here.

Vaccines are currently being distributed. Any adult can book their two doses and booster jab on the NHS website or by calling the free phone number 119.

Johnny spoke to the Vaccines Minister to dispel some myths. Click here to listen.

Johnny spoke to Gateway presenter Ros Connors about her vaccination experience:

Vaccines are safe and effective, but there may be some side effects.

Testing

Free asymptomatic testing is available for all. You are encouraged to get tested twice weekly. Book home delivery tests and find out more at nhs.uk.

Health

If you test positive via a lateral flow test and have no symptoms, you must isolate immediately and not book a PCR test. If you experience a cough, fever or change in smell/taste, then you should isolate for 10 days and book a test. If you are double-jabbed and test negative on Day 5 and Day 6, you can be released early. Unless your social contacts are double jabbed or under the age of 18, your social contacts should isolate for 10 days.

Businesses

All shops are open. In shops and on public transport, you are required to wear a face covering.

Shops at Basildon Market are open. We encourage you to support local businesses.

Local events

Our Kelly’s Diary service has returned. Hear it on air every weekday or visit gateway978.com/local/events

The Towngate Theatre, in Basildon, is open again. To get the latest Towngate information, listen to the weekly update on Drivetime on Fridays at 16:35.

Essex Coronavirus Action group

The Essex Coronavirus Action is a collaboration between Essex County Council, The Essex Public Health Team, and local Facebook group owners to provide three main services during the Covid-19 outbreak. 

For more information on the action group, click here.

Mental health and wellbeing

Isolation can be a very difficult experience. If you are struggling, our friends at the Happy Hub have a lot of resources on their Facebook page. Just click here.

Be sure to check this page regularly for updates and for all the latest information, tune in to our Coronavirus Update every Friday evening at 5:30pm.

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