Together We’re Better update: Week commencing 17th August

Last weekend there was an outbreak of COVID-19 in the Normacot area of Stoke-on-Trent. This was over a concentrated number of houses, over a small number of streets and a temporary testing unit was set up in the area straight away. A mobile testing unit returned to the area on Thursday 20 August, to give residents every opportunity to get a test if they hadn’t been able to last weekend.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is monitoring the situation closely and, although this is not a local lockdown, residents are being asked not to move from household-to-household in the area at this time. We are pleased to say that
residents of Normacot have been praised for their responsible and rapid response to the outbreak, with almost 400 tests carried out last weekend linked to the outbreak.

Burton has also seen a small increase in cases. As such, further testing was set up at St Chad’s Community Centre today and the area is being closely monitored, to ensure that every precaution is being taken to reduce the rise in cases.

Across the country, the national testing study is being expanded from testing 28,000 people per fortnight to 150,000 by October. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) COVID-19 infection survey will be expanded to 400,000 people in England, making it the UK’s largest study tracking the virus in the general population.

Read the full update here: TWB Stakeholder update wc 17 August 2020