Coronavirus Update for businesses in Peterlee

You may have seen in the local news that a company in Peterlee has voluntarily closed for deep cleaning after two Coronavirus cases were reported.

As a business in Peterlee we wanted to let you know that at the time of writing, there were no linked cases escalated to Public Health England (PHE) or the County Durham Public Health Team and the business has voluntarily decided to close and carry out a deep clean as a precautionary measure.

While there is no immediate risk to you and your own staff, we are taking this opportunity to contact businesses in the area to remind them that by staying vigilant, we can help to keep each other safe.

We would be very grateful if you might consider using this opportunity to remind staff about the small but important measures they can take to help prevent the spread of the virus including:

What to do

• wash your hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds
• use hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available
• avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you sneeze
• put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
• clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces both at home and at work
• observing the 2 metre social distancing guidance, or where this is not possible a one metre distance when you can mitigate the risk by taking other precautions in the list provided in the government guidance ‘Staying Safe’

Symptoms

If anyone has any of the following symptoms: a persistent cough, a temperature or loss of sense of smell or taste then they should self-isolate and book a test immediately and certainly within the first five days of feeling unwell. Anyone can book a test at https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

Outbreak Control Toolkit:

To help prevent outbreaks County Durham Public Health has developed an Outbreak Control Toolkit for Business *** to help you share key messages; consider what you would do if an outbreak occurred in your business; and a series of prompts for your business continuity plans along with some FAQs. We hope you find this helpful.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued hard work and support and to remind everyone that by following the guidelines, getting tested if you have symptoms and staying at home if you’re asked to, we can all play our part in keeping all of our colleagues, friends and families safe.

If you would like further information or support about how you can best operate under Coronavirus restrictions and how you can support your business and employees, please visit the Business Durham website here https://www.businessdurham.co.uk, or if you wish to speak to someone please don’t hesitate to contact enquiries@businessdurham.co.uk or
telephone 03000 261 261.

*** Copies of the Outbreak Control Toolkit for Business is available by emailing leanne@lecc.co.uk. ***