More testing in Burton to help curb current outbreak

People in Covid-19 hit areas of Burton are being urged to step forward and get tested in a bid to help curb the current outbreak.

The move follows the announcement of new stricter advice to help reduce the risk of the Government imposing lockdown measures on the town.

The testing will again take place at St Chad’s Community Centre on Hunter Street on Thursday 10 September, from 2pm to 7pm.

These sessions are free, and open to everyone without Covid-19 symptoms.

People should not attend if they are already isolating. Instead they should stay home and book a test online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. 

Since July, there have been 123 confirmed cases in the four wards, including 10 in the last seven days.  This is a rate of 30.6 cases per 100,000 people – around three times the Staffordshire average and is increasing.

Dr Johnny McMahon, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing at Staffordshire County Council said: “There has been a high number of Covid-19 cases in these areas and, despite local efforts, they continue to rise. Unless we stop the spread of the virus now it is highly likely that Government might step in, which may mean your family having to stay in and shops and businesses closing.

“I would urge anyone in the local area to come along and get tested if they aren’t showing symptoms. This will help identify how the virus is spreading and where people should be self-isolating to contain the virus.”

The county continues to work closely with East Staffordshire Borough Council, the NHS and the town’s communities in the call for people to follow national guidance carefully. 

The guidance is to:

    • Wash your hands regularly
    • Limit your contact with people not in your household
    • Stay at home when you can. If you do need to go out keep your distance – 2m ideally
    • Wear face coverings on public transport
    • Self-isolate for ten days and book a test if you have symptoms

Self-isolate for 14 days if you have been contacted by the NHS Test & Trace Service and told you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

You can find out more information at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/burtonoutbreak