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Community thanked for ‘hugely responsible’ response, as 195 more people tested for coronavirus in Normacot

Published: Thursday, 20th August 2020

Residents and businesses in Normacot are being thanked for their ‘hugely responsible’ response.

195 more people have been tested for the coronavirus at a temporary testing centre in the community today (Thursday).

Stoke-on-Trent City Council worked with the NHS to again open up a mobile centre at Alexandra Infants School. It means a combined total of 593 people have been tested in the community at the school across three days today (Thursday) and last Friday and Saturday (14 and 15 August). Feedback from the community has also found that a number of people have also booked tests in the past week at the regional testing centre at the bet365 Stadium in Trentham Lakes.

The increase in testing comes as the latest daily data release from government this evening (Thursday) shows that the total number of coronavirus cases in Stoke-on-Trent has risen by six to 1,622. It means that the seven-day total for the city is 67 cases between 13-19 August. In Normacot, the number of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus between 5-19 August now stands at 61, with 45 positive cases in the past seven days.

Council leader Abi Brown said: “Residents and businesses in Normacot have again been hugely responsible by turning out in force to be tested for the coronavirus. We have carried out a lot of work in the community and with local people in giving advice to households, shops, businesses and places of worship. Our work has been focused on a small area in the community where our data shows  a concentration of cases in a small number of streets and in a small number of households.

“We know that the results from last Friday and Saturday, when 398 people were tested, led to 11 positive cases of the coronavirus, and we would expect the number of cases to increase again as a result of the extra testing since then. We anticipate getting results from the testing today over the next few days. Those who have been tested today have been advised to self-isolate until next Monday or until they get their results if earlier. While the NHS will aim to contact all those who have been tested, they will definitely contact anyone who tests positive.

“We have given immediate support to everyone who has tested positive, and those people are self-isolating for 10 days and their families for 14 days. The message to people in the area remains: stay at home where possible, reduce household-to-household contact and follow all of the public health advice and social distancing guidance.

“Our teams have visited 30 businesses in the area, and trading standards teams have given advice to premises to help them to ensure they have the correct social distancing measures in place.”

Residents can continue to book coronavirus tests at the regional testing centre at the bet365 Stadium. It 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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