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Latest coronavirus news and updates


See the latest news and information about coronavirus from ourselves and the government.

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Latest news

Responding to the coronavirus pandemic

Source: DCC press release, published May 28, 2020 4.07pm

Councillors will hear of the actions that have been taken to respond to the coronavirus pandemic next week and how County Durham will plan for its recovery.


NHS Test and Trace

Source: DCC service info, published May 28, 2020 3.05pm

The government has introduced a new NHS Test and Trace service. Anyone with Coronavirus symptoms is being asked to be tested, and the close contacts of anyone who tests positive will be traced.


Mental health services continue with coronavirus support fund

Source: DCC press release, published May 28, 2020 11.41am

Mental health services in County Durham have been able to continue to provide vital support during the coronavirus outbreak thanks to a council grant.


Warning to businesses to watch out for scams during coronavirus outbreak

Source: DCC press release, published May 28, 2020 11.12am

Businesses in County Durham are being urged to be vigilant against scams and fraud during uncertainty caused by the coronavirus outbreak.


Response to the reopening of non-essential shops 

Source: government, published May 27, 2020 4.00pm

Following the Government's announcement that non-essential retail outlets will be allowed to reopen from Monday 15 June, we are continuing to look at what measures we can put in place to assist with social distancing in town centres across County Durham.

Dave Wafer, our strategic traffic manager, said: "In preparation for non-essential retailers reopening on 15 June, we are undertaking risk assessments of town centres and shopping areas across the county, in line with government guidance. This will allow us to prioritise the introduction of appropriate measures which can assist with social distancing. We will then closely monitor people's behaviour in the weeks that follow to make any necessary changes or additions."

To read the Government's press release, visit Gov.uk: Prime Minister sets out timeline for retail to reopen in June.


Council provides further information to schools on reopening

Source: DCC press release, published May 27, 2020 12.12pm

We have provided further information to schools on plans for phased reopening.


Search begins for County Durham's most improved gardens

Source: DCC press release, published May 27, 2020 11.20am

Keen gardeners across County Durham are being invited to take part in a photography competition to share how outside spaces have helped them through the coronavirus pandemic.


Line up announced for new online theatre festival

Source: DCC press release, published May 27, 2020 9.28am

The list of County Durham artists who will take part in a series of exciting virtual theatre performances has been revealed.


Council creates rainbow road markings to thank NHS workers

Source: DCC press release, published May 26, 2020 6.06pm

Tributes to the hard work of the NHS have been painted on roads across County Durham to show gratitude to frontline workers during the coronavirus outbreak.


County Durham Plan - Main Modifications document consultation

Source: DCC web page, published May 26, 2020 10.40am

The Inspector has asked that a consultation be carried out on the Main Modifications he considers may be necessary in order for the Plan to be found 'sound'. The closing date for comments is 5.00pm on Monday 21 July 2020.


Delivering meals to local communities

Source: DCC press release, published May 26, 2020 10.37am

Elderly residents across County Durham are getting hot meals delivered to their door thanks to local volunteers.


Watch the today's government press conference (23 May)

Source: government, published May 23, 2020 4.50pm

The government has announced additional funding for transport in today's press conference, with the new Horden Station being mentioned.


Press releases

For all of our press releases relating to the coronavirus outbreak, see Coronavirus news.

Changes to services

For all the latest changes to our information and support services, see our changes to services page.

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