District News: Latest Covid-19 data, Vaccine update, Walk-in testing + more

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Latest Covid-19 data for Essex

Covid-19 data for Essex (excluding Southend and Thurrock) is published on the Essex County Council website.

In the seven days to 4 February, there were 2,933 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Essex.

The weekly case rate for Essex is 196.9 per 100,000 people. Uttlesford's case rate is 135.8.

Despite the continued decline in rates, the average case rate for the county is still high. It is vital that everyone continues to adhere to the guidance, works from home if possible, and follows the rules of hands, face, space.

► See a breakdown of the latest Covid data for Essex

► Get the latest Covid news and statements from Essex County Council

Covid-19 vaccine update


Walk-in and get tested

testing centre

People without Covid-19 symptoms who live and work in Essex are now being offered walk-in appointments for a rapid test at their local test centre. 

Tests had initially been available by booking an appointment in advance. The new option brings more flexibility, especially for those who are unable to work from home and want to get tested for peace of mind. 

Around a third of people with Covid-19 have no symptoms and could be spreading the virus unknowingly. Although case numbers are declining, there is still a worrying number of people with Covid-19 in Essex. Health officials in the county advise figures could go down even quicker if together we break the chain of transmission by getting tested regularly

Walk-in or book an appointment via the Essex County Council website or by calling 0333 772 6144.  

Anyone with symptoms should book a test via www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

Apply for a self-isolation support payment

There are two self-isolation support schemes available to Essex residents, both offering a £500 payment for the 10-day self-isolation period.

If you don’t qualify for the government self-isolation payment, you may be eligible under the discretionary criteria of the Essex scheme. 

These schemes can help support you while you self-isolate. 

Find out how to apply for a self-isolation support payment