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Low number in new coronavirus cases, as extra support in place to support pupils returning to school

Published: Tuesday, 25th August 2020

Latest figures on new coronavirus cases in Stoke-on-Trent show a consistently low number of people contracting the virus.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has confirmed that five new cases have been notified today (Wednesday), with two of those in the Normacot area of the city, the focus of the recent rise in cases. It means that daily new cases in the city have remained at around four and five over the past few days. The cumulative total of cases for the city is now 1,665 since daily figures were first announced in March.

Council leader Abi Brown said: “We are seeing a positive reduction in new cases, and since a peak last Thursday, the number of new positive coronavirus cases being identified each day has more than halved. This is really encouraging; it demonstrates that the measures and support in place in Normacot in response to the increase in cases there is working. But we cannot afford to be complacent.

“We have also been providing continued support to a food manufacturer, after NHS Test and Trace data showed that six people who tested positive for the coronavirus last week worked at the premises. The data showed that three of the people are socially linked, with two people living in the city and four in Newcastle-under-Lyme. We have worked quickly to support residents in the city while colleagues from neighbouring local authorities are supporting those from Newcastle-under-Lyme. They are all self-isolating along with their close contacts. The business has been open throughout the pandemic and has every Covid-secure measure in place. Our teams have provided support through clear risk assessments, and we have worked thoroughly to ensure there is no risk to the public and this continues to be the case.”

Meanwhile, the council will use extra employees to support families as pupils return to school next week. Schools in the city are due back from Wednesday, 2 September, and officers will be in place to provide welfare and wellbeing support.

Councillor Brown said: “Attending school is really important, for pupils’ progress and achievement, and we work closely with all schools to help give children and young people the very best opportunity for their educational experience. But we know that returning to school after such a long time because of the coronavirus will be a difficult time for families and children. We want families to know that we understand and are here to support them.

“We have additional welfare officers who will be on hand to provide support on emotional wellbeing, mental health and keeping safe. We want families to feel safe and supported in their children returning to the classroom.”

For more information and advice on the 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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*Please note that the seven-day figures quoted for last week have now been retrospectively updated. This is because while the vast majority of people who were tested in the community in Normacot last week had their results within 36 hours, some results were still outstanding. Where these results are now confirmed, they have been added in to the total quoted in the above text.

For all media enquiries only please contact  the Communications Department at Stoke-on-Trent City Council on 01782 232671.

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