Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire pubs, schools, cafés & businesses with confirmed Covid-19 cases this week


Two weeks after Stoke-on-Trent was added to the government’s coronavirus watchlist, several businesses and schools have reported confirmed cases of Covid-19.

Cases across the Potteries have continued to rise and as of this weekend, the city remains an ‘area of concern’.

The latest figure shows 10 more people had tested positive for coronavirus in Stoke-on-Trent as of September 11, bringing the number of lab-confirmed cases in the city up to 1,811 since the start of the pandemic.

This week some of these new cases have affected a number of pubs, cafés and other businesses across the city and elsewhere in Staffordshire.

After children returned to their classrooms at the beginning of the month, confirmed cases have also occurred in schools.

Here we have collated the list of those businesses and schools reporting confirmed cases of Covid-19 and the precautions they have taken as a result.

Excel Academy

The Excel Academy in Sneyd Green

Several staff at The Excel Academy, in Sneyd Green, are self-isolating after a colleague tested positive for coronavirus.

The school said the confirmed case involved a ‘non-teaching’ member of staff who had no symptoms.

Principal Darren Bishop wrote to families today to let them know about the coronavirus case.

Mr Bishop is now urging parents to send children into school with face masks as an extra layer of safety.

“We are recommending that face coverings be worn in the corridors between lessons and indoor communal areas at lunch and break,” he said.

McDonald’s

Longton McDonald’s

Two employees working at the Phoenix Retail Park branch, in Longton, have tested positive for coronavirus.

The company has not revealed when the cases came to light, but the restaurant has been deep-cleaned following the health alerts.

Safety measures are in place at the restaurants to help keep staff safe, including perspex screens, temperature checks at the start of each shift, maintaining a two-metre distance from others as much as possible, face coverings, regular hand washing and the use of hand sanitiser.

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Discovery Academy

The school came about following a merger
The Discovery Academy

A member of staff at one of the city’s largest schools has tested positive for coronavirus.

Parents at the Bentilee school, were informed of the Covid-19 case in a letter on Thursday.

Principal Rob Kelsall stressed the infected person had ‘not been in close contact with any students or staff’.

It means there has been no need to send pupils home to self-isolate as a precaution.

Barnicles at Baker & Co Café

Barnicles at Baker & Co Cafe, in Fenton

The popular Fenton café closed on Wednesday for a deep clean after a person who had previously visited the venue was struck down with coronavirus.

The customer did not catch the virus at the café, which is inside Fenton Town Hall, on Albert Square, but a decision was made to temporarily close as a precaution.

Staff have reassured customers the café is Covid-secure with social distancing measures in place, mask wearing, separated tables and hand sanitiser available at the door.

The café will reopen tomorrow (September 14).

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The Masons Arms

The Masons Arm, in Knutton

The pub in Knutton is understood to have closed on Tuesday, September 8, after one of its workers tested positive.

It is not yet known when it will reopen.

The High Street venue’s safety measures include a new exit, no standing at the bar, no under-16s, no vaping indoors and a one in, one out policy for the toilets.

JCB Academy

The JCB Academy

A member of staff and a student at the Rocester have tested positive for Covid-19.

One hundred students at the school have been asked to self-isolate, while three other members of staff who came into contact with their colleague are also self-isolating.

Following Public Health England guidance, the school shut on September 4 for an investigation following the first positive test, but has reopened for those learners not self-isolating.

Stafford College

The group also runs Stafford College
Stafford College

Nineteen students from the same course are self-isolating after one of them tested positive.

Stafford College confirmed the infected student found out she had Covid-19 just a day after starting the BTEC course this week.

In an unrelated case, a member of staff also tested positive for the virus. He hadn’t taught any students as he has not been in college this week.

Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group stressed safety procedures have been followed.

In a statement, the college said: “Students from the group and their parents or guardians have been provided with PHE information and are now self-isolating for a period of 14 days.

“At this time, all learners in the group are understood to be well and have switched to remote learning for the remainder of the self-isolation period.”

Dearnsdale Fruit

Dearnsdale Fruit, near Stafford

It was revealed this week almost 380 people were tested for Covid-19 at the popular fruit farm after a worker tested positive for coronavirus earlier this summer.

Staffordshire County Council carried out tests at the farm near Stafford, after being notified by Public Health England of the positive test.

Details of the case – dating back to July 16 – were only revealed at a county council meeting on September 8.

The county council found the farm had excellent hygiene and social distancing measures in place.





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