Getting the right data quickly will help us prevent outbreaks of COVID-19.

Partners will use a range of datasets as they become available, to identify and respond to outbreaks in Middlesbrough, including:

  • the national COVID-19 online dashboard developed by the Department of Health and Social Care; and
  • real-time data on test results and contact tracing in the town provided by the Joint Biosecurity Centre.

This and other more local data is reviewed the Health Protection Board and daily by our Operational Response Team. We will establish a local intelligence group to support this work.

The Operational Response Team decides what action is needed in conjunction with the North East Health Protection Team. Actions might include sharing data with other councils on outbreaks that cross boundaries. If government action is needed, the Joint Biosecurity Centre will work with the Council to develop recommendations for minister(s).

We will also update our regional and national partners on any action we take in Middlesbrough.

We will publish anonymised data on testing and contact tracing on this site. This will include potential outbreaks being investigated. This will support the work of the Local Outbreak Control Board, helping communities to understand risks and take the right actions.

The national alert level is currently level 4

The national alert level is 3

The COVID-19 national alert level is on a scale from 1 to 5.

At level 5, COVID-19 is present in the UK and the transmission rate is high or rising. Hospitals are at risk of being overwhelmed by patients with COVID-19. Social distancing measures are being increased.

At level 1, COVID-19 is not thought to be present in the UK. There are no social distancing measures in place. The possibility of COVID-19 entering the UK from abroad is being monitored.

The UK is currently at level 4. COVID-19 is present in the UK, and transmission rates are rising. Social distancing and restrictions are being increased.

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