We understand our residents and visitors may have concerns about coronavirus. The government and NHS are well prepared to deal with this virus.

As a borough council, we are working with Staffordshire County Council to monitor the situation closely and are coordinating with Public Health England. We are taking all possible steps to keep you, your family and community safe.

Please continue to follow Public Health England  and NHS advice .

Impact on ESBC Services

The coronavirus may result in a number of ESBC services being affected.

See impact on ESBC services

Symptoms of COVID-19

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

The symptoms are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

What can I do to reduce my risk of catching coronavirus?

  • Always carry tissues and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and hot water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
  • Avoid shaking hands/kissing when greeting people

Find out more on the NHS's website

Advice for travellers

If you or a family member are travelling abroad please check the latest travel advice .

More information

Keep up to date with government advice with their guidance and information for the public .