Coronavirus (COVID-19) update from Essex County Council

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Thank you Essex!

Residents across Essex are playing their part in reducing the spread of the coronavirus by:

The amount of traffic in Essex is now consistently over 60% less than this time last year. This is despite asking people not to car share or use public transport. The weekend saw more than a 70% reduction against this time last year.

With Easter now approaching, it’s more important than ever residents stay at home, and continue to minimise the spread of coronavirus…

Stay safe, stay home, save lives.

Urgent appeal for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


Small businesses are being asked to donate any unused PPE such as masks, disposable gloves, aprons, eye goggles, overshoes and sanitising gel.

The supplies can be provided to frontline care staff who are caring for our most vulnerable residents in Essex over the coming days and weeks.

To donate or advise us of stock please email with a contact name, phone number, quantity and postcode. Items will be collected safely with collectors observing social distancing and hand hygiene.

Community Shield – getting food and medicine to the vulnerable

We’re now up and running with Community Shield - the biggest single effort to support vulnerable people that our County has ever seen.

The Government has already identified people who need immediate help, and food parcels are being delivered to them.

Community Shield offers support for other groups of vulnerable people who are at risk from coronavirus, through the Essex Welfare Service.


If you do not have support from friends, family or neighbours or your local, district and
community support groups, and are currently self-isolating because of age, pregnancy
or a pre-existing medical condition, the Essex Welfare Service can help you get food,
medicine and essential supplies.

Register for support at or contact us on 0300 303 9988. The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 7pm and Saturday to Sunday from 10am to 2pm.

Volunteers are a key part of Community Shield

Essex is coming together with thousands of people already volunteering to help. If you can help your community, please sign up to volunteer

When someone signs up for support with the Essex Welfare Service, they will be matched with a local volunteer.

If the volunteer can complete the shopping for essential items locally, they pick up the supplies and deliver them to the resident’s home while following social distancing guidelines. If shopping can't be completed locally, food packages can be collected from three new distribution hubs in Witham, Southend and Thurrock.

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Our website is regularly updated with changes to our services. It's the quickest and easiest way to get the answers you need.

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We are 'United in Kind'

picture of the letter to Dorothy

Kindness has become the silver lining of this grey cloud as people in Essex pull together in response to the coronavirus.

94-year-old Dorothy received this lovely note from neighbours offering to help with anything she needs, while Scott, a Witham-based businessman, took milk from a self-isolating mum to her newborn daughter in Broomfield Hospital.

Volunteers in Colchester are delivering up to 30 prescriptions a day, and community café employees at St Peter’s Hospital are cooking up delicious homemade meals for vulnerable people in Maldon.

There are acts of kindness everywhere. Follow United in Kind on Facebook to be inspired and share your own stories of help in your community.

Thank you to waste collection crews


We want to say a special thank you and extend our appreciation to each and every member of the collection crews in Essex, for their effort and dedication to maintain vital services for our residents.

They have continued to work tirelessly to ensure a service is maintained for residents during this extraordinary time.