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LA7 Leaders' statement - Covid winter plan and 12-15s vaccinations

Source: DCC press release, published 15 September 2021

With the return of colder weather on the horizon, and children and young people going back to schools, colleges, and universities, it is essential that clear and robust plans are put in place to protect us from any significant increase in Covid-19 cases and the burden that would place on the NHS.

See LA7 Leaders' statement - Covid winter plan and 12-15s vaccinations.


Prime Minister's press conference

Source: Government, published 14 September 2021

See the latest update from the Prime Minister at YouTube Coronavirus press conference: 14 September 2021.


Nominate your Covid Hero

Source: DCC news, published 8 September 2021

Do you know a local hero who embodies the region's renowned goodwill?

See Nominate Your Covid Hero.


More than £700,000 to make community venues Covid-safe

Source: DCC press release, published 16 August 2021

Community centres in County Durham, which are helping their local area to recover from Covid, are set to receive hundreds of thousands of pounds in funding.

See More than £700,000 to make community venues Covid-safe.


Over 300 County Durham businesses benefitted from £6m recovery grant

Source: DCC press release, published 27 July 2021

More than 300 businesses have been supported and over 3,500 jobs safeguarded through a County Durham coronavirus recovery grant.

See Over 300 County Durham businesses benefitted from £6m recovery grant.


LA7 statement: North East named as Enhanced Response Area

Source: DCC press release, published 23 July 2021

Covid-19 restrictions may have been lifted, but from Monday the whole North East will receive additional government support as an Enhanced Response Area following a steep rise in Covid-19 cases in the area, serving as a sobering reminder that we all still have a responsibility to make sure we continue to do our bit.

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Prime Minister's press conference

Source: Government, published 12 July 2021

The Prime Minister has today confirmed the next steps in the easing of lockdown.

See the press conference at Youtube: Coronavirus press conference (12 July 2021) for details.


Prime Minister's press conference

Source: Government, published 5 July 2021

The Prime Minister has today set out the next steps in the easing of lockdown.

See the press conference at Youtube: Coronavirus press conference (5 July 2021) for details.


LA7 leaders urge caution as delta variant spreads

Source: DCC press release, published 23 June

Throughout this pandemic the people of this region have responded collectively and effectively at every stage, but we really need everyone to continue to pull together to help drive down the worrying rise we are seeing in coronavirus cases.

LA7 leaders urge caution as delta variant spreads


'Play your part' plea as partners respond to rise in Covid cases in Durham City

Source: DCC press release, published 18 June 2021

People in and around Durham City are being asked to play their part in slowing the spread of coronavirus following a significant rise in cases.

See 'Play your part' plea as partners respond to rise in Covid cases in Durham City for details.


Leaders call for patience while backing roadmap delay

Source: DCC press release, published 15 June 2021

The government's decision to delay the further lifting of restrictions is one we support given the concerning rise in case numbers due to the spread of the delta variant.

See Leaders call for patience while backing roadmap delay for details.


Prime Minister's press conference

Source: Government, published 14 June 2021

The Prime Minister has announced a delay in the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

See Youtube: Prime Minister's Coronavirus press conference (14 June 2021) for details.


Parkrun events return to North East - a statement from LA7 Directors of Public Health

Source: DCC press release, published 10 June

Following discussions with organisers and thorough reviews of risk assessments, we're pleased to be able to support the return of Parkrun events to the region.

Organisers have worked hard to put in place measures that keep attendees safe, and we're delighted that residents will once again be able to participate in these events and enjoy the physical and mental health benefits they offer.

Parkrun events return to North East - a statement from LA7 Directors of Public Health


NHS vaccine bus to deliver more walk-in jabs across County Durham

Source: DCC press release, published 7 June

Run by health staff from Easington District, Sedgefield North and North Easington Primary Care Networks, the mobile clinics will deliver first vaccinations only to people living or working in County Durham.

Those able to receive their jab will include people who are within the current eligible age cohorts, carers, health & social care frontline staff and people over the age of 16 years who are clinically vulnerable, or have a learning disability, who have not yet had their first jab.

See NHS vaccine bus to deliver more walk-in jabs across County Durham for more information.


 

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