Drinkers from North Staffordshire pub told to get a coronavirus test following outbreak


Drinkers who visited a North Staffordshire pub are being told to get a coronavirus test following a mini-outbreak.

Anyone who visited Yates in High Street, Newcastle on August 22 are now being told to get a test as it becomes the latest venue linked to the Silverdale outbreak.

It means punters who visited nine venues across Newcastle and Silverdale between August 16 and August 21 are now being told to get tested.

It is thought the outbreak was sparked from a bingo event at Silverdale Workingmen’s Club where someone tested positive for Covid-19.

The number of confirmed cases linked to the outbreak now stands at 14.

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Those affected are currently at home self-isolating following the guidelines from the NHS.

People who visited any of these nine venues are now being told to get a test even if they don’t have symptoms:

  • Silverdale Working Men’s Club ­­– August 16 to 21
  • The Bush pub – 20 August to 22 August
  • The Vine pub – 20 August to 22 August
  • The George & Dragon pub – 20 August to 22 August
  • Newcastle (King Street) Working Men’s Club – 22 August
  • The Kiln  – 22 August
  • Yates in Newcastle – 22 August
  • The Roebuck pub – 23 August
  • The Bilash restaurant – 24 August

Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council’s Director of Health and Care, said: “Through our ongoing contact tracing we have identified that cases linked to this outbreak have visited a number of venues whilst infectious.

“We are advising everyone who was at one of these premises on the specified dates to get tested.

“Testing is important ,as it will help us identify people who need to self-isolate to reduce the further risk of infection.”

Silverdale Working Men’s Club, in High Street, Silverdale

A mobile testing unit has now been set up at the Old Recreation Centre in Knutton. It will run between 10.30am to 3.30pm Saturday to Monday.

There is also a walkthrough testing centre at the Ryecroft Car Park in Newcastle. It is open between 8am and 8pm.

The venues have now been visited by Newcastle Borough Council and Public Health England. They can continue to open with safety measures in place.

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Dr Johnny McMahon, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, said: “All of these venues were following the guidance, so it demonstrates just how contagious Covid-19 is and how easily it can be spread.

“People can, and should, continue to support their local pubs and restaurants – but everyone also needs to take personal responsibility to follow the rules.”

The rules including maintaining a safe distance, leaving contact details when eating or drinking out, covering your face in shops and public transport, washing your hands, and staying home for 10 days if you have symptoms.





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