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Temporary coronavirus testing centre returns to Normacot, after 398 tests and 11 positive cases last weekend

Published: Wednesday, 19th August 2020

A temporary mobile coronavirus testing centre will return to Normacot tomorrow (Thursday) after results revealed 11 positive cases out of nearly 400 tests last weekend.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is working with the NHS to open the temporary testing centre at Alexandra Infants School again, between 10am and 3pm on Thursday. It comes after 398* people had tests at the Melville Road school last Friday and Saturday.

The results from the tests last weekend show that of the 398 people who were swabbed, 372 tested negative, the results are awaited on 15 cases, and 11 people tested positive. Including tests at bet365, it means that a total of 45 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Normacot between 5-16 August. Coronavirus cases are monitored on seven-day totals, and city-wide the seven-day total of positive cases between 10-16 August is 55, of which 35 are from the Normacot area.

Council leader Abi Brown said: “We’re continuing to monitor test results and the number of positive cases extremely closely. We had seen the total number of cases in the city plateau at around 40 per seven-days, but this has now increased again.

“We have taken the sensible and considered precaution to reopen the temporary testing centre in Normacot that worked so well last weekend, to give every opportunity for people in this area to be tested. We want people who have not been showing symptoms of the virus and who didn’t go for testing last Friday and Saturday to attend. Residents who have symptoms and haven’t been tested must stay at home and book on to the regional testing centre at the bet365 Stadium.

“The response from the community has been incredibly responsible so far, and we are urging anyone who has yet to be tested in this small geographical area to get the test. Those who were tested last weekend have been self-isolating and will continue to do so until tonight (Wednesday) and people who have been tested should be told their results, whether they tested positive or negative.

“What we know from patterns in the data so far is that a number of cases are concentrated in a number of households and in a number of streets. We are asking that people do not move household-to-household in the area at this time. We want as many people as possible to stay at home, and stay in their own household bubble. This is not a local lockdown, and if people continue to treat this in the serious and responsible way that they have been doing, it will allow us to do all we can to trace and contain the spread of the virus.

“We are taking a number of preventative measures in the area, and advising corner shops and takeaways to limit the number of customers at any one time. We are speaking to taxi drivers to make sure that they get a test. We have been working with the local Gillani Noor Mosque and the Al Hafiz Academy who have both taken the decision to voluntarily close to members of the public for the next 14 days from today.

“Our message is: please stay at home, do not gather outside of your household bubble and look after your family and friends. We need people to follow this advice for the next 10 days. These measures are precautions that people must follow if we are to beat this virus.”

Residents can book a coronavirus test at the local testing centre at the bet365 Stadium. It is located in Stanley Matthews Way, Trentham Lakes, ST4 4EG. Bookings can be made via www.nhs.uk/coronavirus, or ringing 119, where help is available in other languages.

All residents are reminded to continue:

  • Washing your hands regularly.
  • Stay home as much as possible. If you do go out keep two metres distance from other people.
  • Wear a face covering on public transport, in taxis, and in all indoor settings where the public have access, including places of worship.
  • If you have any symptoms of a high temperature, a new, persistent cough or a loss of taste or smell, you must stay home and book a test. Do not come to the testing centre. If you are contacted by NHS Test & Trace, the city council or Public Health England, stay in for 14 days and limit movement household-to-household.

For more information and advice on coronavirus (Covid-19) please visit Public Health England:

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/ and the NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.

All residents are reminded about the critical importance of regular handwashing with soap and hot water for 20 seconds. The significance of this action cannot be underestimated.

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