Kevan has received an update from the Director of Public Health regarding Stanley Empire Club. The full update is available below:

Message sent on behalf of Amanda Healy, Director of Public Health:

Public Health England have today confirmed a further four linked cases of Covid19 in the Stanley area, bringing the total number of cases in the area to eight. Seven of the cases are specific to Stanley Empire Club and one is a contact of a customer there linked to the East Stanley Working Men’s Club.

We are continuing to work alongside colleagues in the Health Protection Team at Public Health England, NHS Test and Trace and Stanley Empire Club to contact all staff and more than 100 customers who visited on 9, 10 or 11 August. The advice remains to self-isolate for 14 days from the date they visited to help prevent spread of the virus and to arrange a test if they develop symptoms. The club is undergoing a deep clean and will remain closed for 14 days (as of 14 August). We’re also looking into any recent isolated cases in the area to see if there are any links to the Stanley Empire Club.

East Stanley Working Men’s Club are helping to spread the message about being vigilant, asking anyone who develops symptoms to self-isolate and get a test.

We have been working with key links in the community to share the public health messages. We’re continuing an awareness campaign in the area, issuing messages through digital channels and poster adverts. We also continue to work with local press and media. We’re asking everyone to be vigilant and to self-isolate and arrange a test as soon as possible if they develop symptoms – a high temperature, a new continuous cough, loss or change to sense of taste or smell. Anyone who is self-isolating and has nobody to help them during this time can access help at or by calling the County Durham Together community hub on 03000 260 260 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Our licensing team are visiting venues locally to reinforce the importance of good practice in relation to hygiene, personal protection and customer logs.

We will keep you updated with further briefings in due course. Thank you for any support you are giving in sharing the public health messages to ensure the safety of our communities at this time.

Kinds regards

Amanda Healy
Director of Public Health
Durham County Council