Residents who live in Hanley and surrounding areas are being urged to get tested for COVID-19 following a spike in positive cases.
Although cases are widespread, latest figures show that Hanley, Etruria, Tunstall, Shelton, Lightwood and Normacot are the areas with the highest rates.
Hanley Town Football Club opened as a community testing venue last week and residents who live in Hanley and surrounding areas are urged to book a test at this venue or one of the other 10 community testing venues open across the city. Hanley Town Football Club is open seven days a week, Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm and weekends 9am to 3pm.
This comes as four more community testing venues will open next week. Weston Coyney Village Hall, Florence Colliery Social Welfare Club, Christ Church in Tunstall will open Tuesday, February 9. Sneyd Green Community Hub will open Thursday, February 11. Residents who live up to two miles away from the venues are urged to book a test regularly going forward.
Council leader Abi Brown said: “We have 10,000 appointments available next week; there is no excuse to not get tested. If you are leaving your house to go to work, to visit the supermarket or to see somebody in your support or childcare bubble, book a test regularly. One in three people have covid but don’t show any sign of the three main symptoms and that’s why regular testing is one of our main defences against this deadly virus.
“I also encourage all businesses in the city to either sign up to our lateral flow scheme for businesses or encourage employees to go to our community testing venues to get tested so that they can keep protecting their staff who have to continue to work outside of their homes.”
Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, director of adult social care, health integration and wellbeing, said: “Data shows Hanley and surrounding areas have the highest rates for COVID-19 in the city, but data also shows residents in these wards are not getting tested. We now that roughly one in three people have the virus without symptoms so could be spreading the disease without knowing it.
“Lateral flow testing is effective in rapidly identifying people with the virus who do not have symptoms and gives a test result in just 30 minutes. To protect you, your family and those you come into contact with we recommend residents book a weekly lateral flow test. Help support local efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ease the pressure on our NHS and care services.”
Residents are able to book tests up to seven days in advance via the city council’s website www.stoke.gov.uk/bookacovid19test.
For the latest information on council services and support during the coronavirus, and frequently asked questions, please visit www.stoke.gov.uk/coronavirus. For latest health advice on the coronavirus, please visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus, and for further information on the virus visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
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. If residents have symptoms, please get tested. All residents must continue to follow the guidance of wash hands, cover face and make space.
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