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Increase in coronavirus cases ‘expected and in keeping with rise in testing’

Published: Thursday, 20th August 2020

Council leaders have explained that latest daily government figures showing a rise in coronavirus cases in the city is to be expected, and is in keeping with targeted testing.

The latest data release from government this evening (Wednesday) has revealed the daily number of coronavirus cases in Stoke-on-Trent has risen by 18 to 1,616. It means that the seven-day total for the city is 61 cases between 12-18 August. In Normacot the number of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus between 5-18 August now stands at 57, with 43 positive cases in the last seven days.

Council leader Abi Brown said: “We continue to monitor the situation in Normacot extremely closely, and the increase is concerning, but anticipated. It is in keeping with the extra testing at our temporary testing centre at Alexandra Infants School last Friday and Saturday, and additional testing to take place at the school tomorrow (Thursday) between 10am-3pm.

“We have detailed data of the cases in Normacot and we know that the new cases are broadly contained in the concentrated geographical area that we have been targeting with the testing. This is significant and encouraging because new cases are not spreading outside of the target area. Considerable resources are being put in place in the area; our teams are out on the street, giving advice to households, shops and places of worship. The response from the community has been incredibly responsible and supportive. People are being asked to stay at home where possible, and to reduce household-to-household contact.

“We have given immediate advice to those people who have tested positive, and they are isolating for 10 days, and their families are being asked to isolate for 14 days.

“We are continuing to do all we can to stop the spread of the virus. We urge people in the area who have received a letter from the council and didn’t go for a test last week to visit the local testing centre tomorrow. People who are symptomatic and haven’t been tested should stay at home and book at test at the bet365 Stadium.

“We are not seeing exponential growth in cases across the city, and the number of positive tests remains around 2-3 per cent. This is because people are following the public health guidance and stopping the spread of the virus. The need for us all to continue to do this is critical.”

The regional testing centre at the bet365 Stadium is located on 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 to:

  • Wash 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.
  • Stay home and book a test if you have any symptoms of a high temperature, a new, persistent cough or a loss of taste or smell. Do not come to the testing centre. If you are contacted by NHS Test and 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.

For more information on digital services, visit www.stoke.gov.uk, download the MyStoke App, or follow the city council’s social media channels.

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