A warning has been issued about the ‘escalating’ coronavirus situation in Stoke-on-Trent as another five cases were confirmed today before large-scale testing got underway in part of the city.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has updated its statistics on the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 taking the total to 1,565 up from 1,560 in a 24 hour period for Stoke-on-Trent.
In the wider county of Staffordshire there have now been 3,946 cases.
The latest figures have been released as hundreds of people in Normacot have undergone tests over the last two days following outbreak there.
It follows an increase in coronavirus cases in the area, with 18 cases in a concentrated number of streets since August 5.
A temporary mobile testing centre was set up with the NHS at Alexandra Infants School, in Melville Road, yesterday and today.
Around 400 people were swabbed yesterday and today and a decision was made to extend the testing session for two-and-a-half hours this afternoon.
It is anticipated the overall figure could spike once the results of those tests are known.
Council leader Abi Brown said: “We are investigating this increase in cases and we can’t tell yet whether this trend is set to continue, but what is clear is that we all need to work together to ensure it does not escalate.
“This means taking preventative action now to avoid the situation getting worse. We need to do this for the safety of the people of Stoke-on-Trent, our loved ones and also to ensure we don’t have to go into local lockdowns.
“While we’ve seen a small increase in cases in Normacot, the situation is escalating across the city.
“In the last week, we have seen a rise in case numbers in Stoke-on-Trent with 38 new cases across the city.
“This has resulted in a rate of 14.8 per 100,000. It is not just isolated to one community or culture so it’s important for everyone to take heed and take action.”
Across the UK 317,379 have now tested positive for coronavirus and sadly 41,361 people have died – with three in the last 24hours.
Patients were aged between 66 and 88 years old. All had known underlying health conditions. Their families have been informed.
The figures as of 4pm on Saturday, August 15:
- Cheshire East: 2,311 – up 8 from yesterday
- Staffordshire County (all Staffordshire authorities excluding Stoke-on-Trent): 3,946 – up 7 from yesterday
Deaths with Covid-19 at local hospital trusts (as provided by NHS England on Friday, August 14):
- University Hospitals Of North Midlands NHS Trust (Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital): 355
- North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust (Harplands Hospital): 6
- Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (Haywood Hospital, Leek Moorlands Hospital, Bradwell Hospital, Cheadle Hospital and more): 12
- Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Including Leighton Hospital in Crewe): 213
- East Cheshire NHS Trust ( Congleton War Memorial Hospital and Macclesfield District General Hospital): 146