Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
In line with social distancing advice and to protect residents and staff the Council has taken the decision to close the Council offices to the public until further notice.
Whilst the offices are closed to visitors, you are still able to access services and information from this website 24/7.
Information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to access Council Services during this period can be found on our Coronavirus information page
You are invited to view and contribute to the The Mayor's Covid Record of Reflection
Self Isolation and Testing
If you are told to self-isolate, you must do so. You may face a fine of £1,000 if you do not, or up to £10,000 for repeat offences or serious breaches of the rules. If you cannot work from home and you have lost income as a result, you may be eligible for a £500 Support Payment.
You may be eligible for the NHS test and trace support payment scheme of £500 (GOV.UK) . If you are not eligible for that you may be eligible for a discretionary payment of £500. Details of both are set out below.
Self-isolate immediately if:
- you have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
- you've tested positive for coronavirus – this means you have coronavirus
- you live with someone who has symptoms or tested positive
- someone in your support bubble has symptoms or tested positive
- you're told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app
- you arrive in the UK from a country with a high coronavirus risk – see GOV.UK: how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK
The period of self isolation is 10 days for those confirmed to have coronavirus and also 10 days for all others. This is a legal requirement and you could be fined for not self-isolating when you have been told to do so. Details of the rules on self isolation are available from the NHS
Test and Trace Support Payment
A new package to support and enforce self isolation has been announced by the government. People will be required by law to self-isolate from 28 September, supported by payment of £500 for those on lower incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result. Find out if you are eligible for a Test and Trace Support Payment.
Testing is a key part of the national COVID-19 response. Used alongside contact tracing and the NHS COVID-19 app it will help us understand how the virus is spreading so that we can respond to quickly stop it spreading further and save lives. To find out more about the NHS COVID-19 app and ensure you are doing your part to help protect your friends, your family and the community click here - NHS COVID-19 app
Testing in Castle Point
The nearest designated Mobile Testing Units for Castle Point are currently located at The Paddocks, Canvey Island and Woodside, Benfleet. Both sites are being well-used. Visit the ECC COVID-19 testing page which is updated regularly
These designated mobile testing sites are currently located at The Paddocks 7 days per week and on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday at Woodside Hall. The frequency can vary each week. To assist with this we ask patrons of the sites are being asked to avoid using the car parks being used during occupancy of the Mobile Testing Units.
Lateral Flow tests are also known as rapid tests and are now available for residents to collect from 21 libraries and five other district sites, with plans to introduce more going forward. These enable tests to be available locally to the wider population. The tests are ONLY for people for who DO NOT have symptoms and give results in around 30 minutes. Within Castle Point, these tests are available from the Canvey Island Library, Hadleigh Library and South Benfleet Library.
Canvey Island Library
High Street, Canvey Island,
Monday 9am – 5:30pm, Tuesday-Friday 9am – 5pm, Saturday 9am – 3pm.
180 London Road, Hadleigh
South Benfleet Library
264 High Road, South Benfleet
Where can you get tested?
Depending on availability, you may be offered a test at:
- a local mobile testing site. Locations vary each week. Check current locations.
- one of the national testing centres, in Stansted or Ipswich
- A postal test
- A Lateral Flow Test - Check current locations.
More information on testing: Testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Who is eligible to be tested for COVID-19?
Anyone who lives in Castle Point who has symptoms of coronavirus can now get tested. To do so you should book an appointment.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus
You can book an appointment through the NHS COVID-19 App
You can book a test on the NHS website or call 119.
If you do not have symptoms of coronavirus, you can book an appointment at a Lateral Flow Testing Site.
What are mobile testing units?
Mobile testing units are now enabling more people to be tested. These are particularly useful for those who cannot easily access national facilities. Please note that it is important to get tested within 3 days of presenting symptoms, therefore we ask that you do not wait for a local mobile testing unit to become available when booking a test. You should book an appointment to get tested. The mobile testing units are not a walk-in facility.
What is a lateral flow test (LFT)?
A lateral flow test (LFT) allows people who have no symptoms to find out if they are infected, but not know it yet. It's a rapid test, and you can get a result within 20-30 minutes.
Care home test kits
Visit GOV.UK to find out who can apply and how to apply for care home test kits
If you’re unable to visit a test centre
You may be able to book a home test on GOV.UK if you meet the eligibility criteria