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Friday 23 October

This week has again been dominated by discussions on coronavirus. Last week the Government placed Stockton-on-Tees in 'high alert' with stricter measures imposed. 

On Monday I briefed Cabinet Members to keep them all up to speed with the latest Covid-19 developments in the area.

I caught up with the Council's Director of Finance, Development and Business, Garry Cummings, on Tuesday. We met via Microsoft Teams and discussed planning consultations currently under consideration.

My afternoon on Tuesday was spent with Deputy Leader, Councillor Jim Beall, for our regular update meeting with the Council's Managing Director, Julie Danks. This was a welcome opportunity to update each other on coronavirus as the situation continues to move very quickly.

A busy day in the diary finished with an update for the Council's Group Leaders on the Covid-19 picture in Stockton-on-Tees.

On Wednesday I chaired an extraordinary virtual meeting of the Local Outbreak Engagement Group (LOEG). We discussed an outbreak of coronavirus cases at Billingham Catholic Club and agreed some publicity to help trace people who need to self-isolate.

Today I have again held a regular virtual catch up with Councillor Beall and Julie Danks. A busy week will conclude when I chair a LOEG meeting this afternoon to discuss the latest coronavirus figures in Stockton-on-Tees.

Don't forget you can keep up to date with the latest updates via the Council's News pages.

This weekend I am looking forward to following Middlesbrough's game with Cardiff City. Boro have made a good start to the season, typified by the hard-fought victory away to Bristol City on Tuesday. Neil Warnock knows Cardiff well as he managed them before taking the Boro job - I am confident he can mastermind a good result tomorrow.