Coronavirus (COVID-19) update from Essex County Council

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A message from Leader of Essex County Council, Cllr David Finch

Dear residents, 

I write again to you this week with thanks.

Thanks for continuing to do the right thing, and observe the rules during the current lockdown. Thank you for only travelling when it is absolutely necessary – traffic levels were more than 70% down over the Easter bank holiday weekend. Thank you, above all, for the part you are playing to help us get through the crisis. You have stayed home and saved lives.

There is another three weeks of lockdown to come following the Government’s announcement yesterday (Thursday 16 April).

I can only reiterate the comments made at the press conference. To relax the current restrictions too early would jeopardise the good progress we have made to date in slowing the spread of the virus. It could risk a second surge of cases, which again, may overwhelm our NHS.

Last night at 8pm, I was on my doorstep applauding those on the frontline in this battle – in particular, those working in social care, carers, and volunteers supporting them. County Council staff and those of our partners are there every single day, offering care, support and protection to our most vulnerable and those most at risk. I am very proud of them and we will be bringing you stories of their contributions over the next few weeks.

Thank you for remembering that #StayHomeSaveLives is as important as ever.

Cllr David Finch

Leader, Essex County Council

Supporting your child with social distancing

Social distancing is vital to stopping the spread of coronavirus and there are practical steps we should all be taking to reduce our interaction with others, including staying at home wherever possible.


However, this might be a difficult concept for some children and young people to understand. They’ve gone from being at school or college surrounded by their friends every day, to being asked to stay at home and not being able to do lots of the activities they are used to doing.

It can be hard as a parent or carer to try to help your child understand why social distancing is so important right now. If you are struggling to start a conversation, there is information and advice available to help you.

Conflict resolution

Spending more time together at home can put additional pressure on family relationships or amplify existing tensions. Disagreement will happen from time to time, but here are 3 steps that you can take to try and resolve the argument.


Pause - is a disagreement escalating to a point where you are no longer in control and you are just reacting? If so, take a breath and re-assess the situation.

Think - try to reflect on why an argument started. Ask yourself how you were feeling before the conversation started and whether you were already feeling anxious or tense.

Resolve it – take a step back. Is this argument about something important, or can you come back to it when you are both calmer?

More information about how to effectively resolve conflict at home can be found on the Essex Livewell website.

Be inspired and keep learning with ACL Essex

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There's an exciting range of online courses which you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. Simply visit our course list and filter by online (under location). 

Our tutors will also be sharing free taster lessons, tips and advice over the coming weeks to help everyone keep learning. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out more.

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We’re currently experiencing a large volume of calls, which include questions about how to register a death by phone and when a death certificate will be received.

Please visit our website for details on death registrations and changes to our services. It’s the quickest and easiest way to find the information you need.

Checking online will save you time and help to free up our phone lines for those who don’t have access to the internet or may be more vulnerable.

Concerned for your child's health?

If you have concerns for your child’s health, please do not put off going to A&E due to the current coronavirus pandemic.

The Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust has produced a short video to assure you the NHS and its hospitals are ready to treat any unwell child.

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have produce advice on what to do when your child is unwell or injured. Remember that NHS 111, GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done. 

Coronavirus and faith

Coronavirus affects the way we can worship, practise our faith and mourn and say farewell to loved ones.

We have worked with representatives of local faith organisations to put together guidance to help you understand what you must do. It is based on advice from the Government and Public Health England.

Changes to our services

Our website includes information on what you should do, the latest changes to our services and how you can get help in your community.