More than 1,000 tested for coronavirus as number of confirmed cases linked to bingo night rises again



Staff and customers who have been at a dozen venues known to have been visited by people who tested positive for Covid-19 are being urged to get tested today after another rise in cases.

A mobile testing unit will be spending its fourth day in Knutton today and people can turn up without an appointment until 3.30pm or go to the walk-in testing centre in Newcastle before 8pm.

There are now 17 known cases – up one from yesterday – linked to the original outbreak at Silverdale Working Men’s Club on August 16.

Anyone who tests positive is being told to self-isolate and their contacts are being traced.

As part of the test and trace efforts, the whereabouts of these people while they were unknowingly infectious has been tracked and linked back to a number of premises in Silverdale and in Newcastle.

And people are also  being reminded to leave their full and correct details if visiting pubs and restaurants to help support the programme.

Anybody who visited one of the 12 premises on the specified dates below should get tested as soon as possible.

These are:

  • Silverdale Working Men’s Club ­­– August 16 to 21
  • The Bush pub – August 20 to August 22 
  • The Vine pub – August 20 to  August 23  
  • The George & Dragon pub –  August 20 to August 22  
  • Newcastle (King Street) Working Men’s Club –  August 22  
  • The Kiln  – August 22 
  • The Crown –  August 22 
  • Yates in Newcastle – August 22 
  • The Roebuck pub –  August 23  
  • The Bilash restaurant – August 24  
  • The Arnold Machin – August 26 and 27
  • The Westbury Tavern, Clayton – August  26 and 27

Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council’s director of health and care, said: “We have more than 1,000 people turning up to get tested over the weekend and I would like to thank them and the local businesses for supporting our efforts in reducing the spread of the virus.

“We know that this outbreak largely centres on people going out for a drink or something to eat before they knew they had Covid-19. The virus is hugely contagious, so it is important that everyone who visited one of the named venues on the specified dates gets tested, even if they feel well.

“This is vital in our work to identify people who may have the virus and help contain the spread of infection even further.”

Testing is available at:

  • A drive-in Mobile Testing Unit at the Old Recreation Centre in Knutton, from 10.30am to 3.30pm today with walk-through also available
  • A walk-through testing centre is open at the Ryecroft Car Park, Newcastle, from 8am to 8pm
  • People should book tests online if possible through the national portal at  www.nhs.uk/coronavirus   or by phoning 119. Alternatively they can drop in  without an   appointment  at the above, but should wear face coverings and bring ID.

All the venues visited by people who have tested positive have carried out Covid-19 risk assessments and, with measures in place, can continue to open and welcome customers.





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