Coronavirus Update – Stoke-on-Trent City Council 05/08/2021

From Stoke-on-Trent City Council:

This update includes what to expect when visiting and using some of our council services:

  • First week of doorstep testing success
  • Waste collection update
  • Stay safe during the football season
  • COVID-19 case rates in Stoke-on-Trent and public health guidance 

  • COVID-19 testing including pop up testing in Tunstall Park
  • COVID-19 vaccination walk-in clinics, including at Stoke-on-Trent Pride this weekend
  • Pregnant women are being urged to get their COVID-19 vaccination
  • Vaccination videos for unpaid carers

First week of doorstep testing success

Teams from Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) visited households in the Joiners Square area of the city last Wednesday, 28 July 2021 to offer residents lateral flow testing kits on their doorsteps in a drive to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the city.

We are really pleased to say that the first week of delivering this new scheme was a success. Teams visited 205 households and handed out a total of 216 home kits, and they received positive comments from residents who accepted the kits. Overall, the day was a success and the teams managed to dodge the thunderstorms and stay dry!

Covid stewards and staff from the Trust are visiting households in areas across the city where testing rates have been low and COVID-19 rates have been historically high. The teams will provide households with lateral flow testing kits, offer advice on how to use them, and answer any questions residents may have. The new venture is all about taking testing directly to people and being able to have conversations with residents, and to continue to raise awareness of the importance of testing.

Yesterday, Wednesday, 4 August, the teams were out and about in the Sneyd Green area of the city.

Next Wednesday, 11 August, the teams will be visiting the Etruria and Hanley areas of the city.

Further areas will be communicated via the city council’s social media accounts and weekly COVID-19 updates.

For information on booking a COVID-19 lateral flow test, please visit: www.stoke.gov.uk/bookacovid19test

For information on where you can pick COVID-19 lateral flow testing home kits from, please visit: www.stoke.gov.uk/communitycollect

For information on financial support available for those who are self-isolating and eligibility, please visit: www.stoke.gov.uk/testandtracesupportpayment

For information on more support services across Stoke-on-Trent, please visit: www.stoke.gov.uk/supportservices


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Waste collection update

The city council is continuing to work hard to ensure that all grey bins for household waste and blue bins for recyclable waste are taken on their usual collection days. However, we have had some disruption to our waste teams while staff self-isolate in line with the public health guidance in response to the coronavirus. This means that brown bin collections have been affected, while we continue to prioritise grey and blue bins.

The teams are making their way around the city, and collecting brown bins that were missed on collections last week – so please continue to leave out your brown bin. At the end of last week, we unfortunately had 10 rounds that were outstanding, but our staff have worked really hard in difficult circumstances and during Monday and Tuesday had managed to complete all but three of those routes. It means we have 3,600 brown bins outstanding from last week, in the Trentham area, and these were due to be emptied on Wednesday.

Residents whose garden waste is due to be collected this week, please do not present your bin. These have been suspended and will not be emptied until your next collection (week commencing 16 August). Grey bins for household waste and blue bins for recyclable waste will be collected as normal.

Residents can use their grey bins for overflow garden waste if required for the following acceptable brown bin items:

  • grass cuttings
  • weeds
  • garden plant waste (remove excess soil)
  • small branches
  • hedge trimmings
  • food waste
  • bones
  • tea bags
  • coffee grounds

The following brown bin items are not accepted in grey bins:

  • soil
  • compost
  • rubble

The latest impacted waste collections will be posted on the city council’s website via www.stoke.gov.uk/info/20002/rubbish_and_recycling with updates also posted on social media.

The city council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres remain open and will accept garden waste. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Our waste and recycling team have been incredibly adaptive despite the challenges they’ve faced throughout the whole of the COVID-19 pandemic. They deserve huge credit for their dedication and hard-work, as do our staff who have been redeployed to unfamiliar services areas. Although we are a huge organisation with a number of service areas, we are one team and we are always working together to continue to provide services for our residents.


Stay safe during the football season

Football fans are eagerly awaiting the start of the new season at the weekend, and it is fantastic that fans can finally be able to watch their teams live again, at both Vale Park and the bet365 Stadium.

Stoke City start their season at home to Reading on Saturday, and Vale have two home games the following week, against Sunderland in the Carabao Cup next Tuesday and in the league against Tranmere next Saturday.

We know that there was a clear spike in cases in the two weeks after the Euros finals last month, and we want people to be able to enjoy the games but also be conscious of their own health and wellbeing and that of others.

We know our clubs will be supporting fans, but taking personal responsibility for your health and to help protect others is really important. Practising the following will help reduce COVID-19 cases in the city:

  • Wear a face covering in indoor, crowded places.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands frequently.
  • Keep your distance from others outside of your group.
  • Take a lateral flow test before attending a match to make sure you aren’t infected with COVID-19.
  • Get your first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine – all over 18s in England are eligible to get theirs.

We want football fans to enjoy being back in the stadiums, but we also don’t want people becoming ill with the virus as it is still out there and people are still being treated in hospital for it. We can all play our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


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COVID-19 case rates in Stoke-on-Trent and public health guidance 

The seven-day rate of coronavirus cases in the city is now 262.5 per 100,000 people, for the week 23 July – 29 July 2021. This is a 41.2 per cent decrease on the previous seven days. The positivity rate or the percentage of people who have had a test and tested positive is 8.1 per cent. We hope to see some more falls in the next week or so.  We are now well below the England average (292) and West Midlands average (270). 

We are 103rd highest Local Authority in the country (at one point in February we were 2nd highest and in early July we were 27th which demonstrates the great progress) and we are 8th highest out of 14 in West Midlands. The positivity rate is down from 13.9 per cent to 8.1 per cent in a week and that is largely due to people responding well to the message to get tested.

Cases are spread across the city, but hotspot areas are Etruria and Hanley.

Our cases are still high, which is expected as more people are out and about across the country, and the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.

It is also important to note that while case rates are lower, testing rates are also lower, noticeably so since the start of the summer holidays. We were consistently seeing around 35,000-36,000 tests taking place a day, up to the middle of July, but are more recently seeing around 26,000-27,000 tests being conducted. We urge all residents to continue to regularly test themselves – at least twice a week – and to record their results.

We can all help to drive our rates down by continuing to follow the public health advice and to keep regularly testing ourselves. However, the best way of all that we can help to protect ourselves and others around us is to get vaccinated and encourage all our family, friends and colleagues to do the same if they are eligible. The vaccine does not eliminate completely the chance of getting Covid but it does offer a huge protective effect by reducing at least eight-fold your chance of catching it, the severity of illness if you do get it, the chance of having to go into hospital if you do and ultimately the risk of dying. 

Public health guidance

Although measures such as social distancing and wearing face coverings are not mandatory now, it doesn’t mean that we can’t still use them. Choosing to follow the guidance and continuing to wear a face covering, and also getting regular COVID-19 tests and your vaccine when you are called are our best defences against the spread of the virus. We recognise that these are very personal choices and therefore we encourage all residents to make the best decision for themselves and their loved ones.

Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air – these are simple measures we can take to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Following these will also help to drive down the city’s case rates:

  • Hands – wash your hands regularly with warm water soap for at least 20 seconds (the amount of time it takes to sing ‘Happy Birthday twice’). You can also use hand sanitisers while you’re out and about.
  • Face – Wear a face covering in crowded places, such as while using pubic transport, unless you are medically exempt.
  • Space – Keep a one-metre distance from people you are not meeting with.
  • Fresh Air – Meet up with others outside where you can or if you are inside, make sure the rooms are well ventilated, for example, open a window. Fresh air is known to lower the risk of transmitting COVID-19.

COVID-19 is passed through close contact, so practising Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air wherever you can- including in your own and other people’s homes – will help stop it from spreading.


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COVID-19 testing including pop up testing in Tunstall Park

Our pop-up testing centres offer lateral flow tests where people who don’t have symptoms of COVID-19 can get a test which gives results in just over 30 minutes. No appointment is needed for these testing centres and anybody who isn’t showing COVID-19 symptoms is welcome. You can also pick up home testing kits.

Our teams were out again at Burslem Park on Tuesday and the details for next week are:

Date: Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Time: 11am – 3pm

Location: Tunstall Park

Home testing kits

Everyone in England can access free lateral flow tests (LFT). The kits are quick to use from home, and give results in 30 minutes. One in three people with coronavirus don’t show symptoms, so the tests are really important in helping to quickly spot positive cases and squash any outbreaks. Testing twice a week should now be a normal part of our lives, even if you have had the vaccination you can still spread the virus, and there are still lots of people who have not yet had their jab.

It’s also really important that you follow the instructions in your test kit to ensure that the result is as accurate as possible, and that test results are registered online or over the phone – whether your result is positive, negative or a void result. If testing at home, residents will need to register their results online or by calling 119. They should self-isolate if positive and order a confirmatory PCR test within 48 hours of a positive LFT.

You can order lateral flow testing kits to use at home via any of the following routes:

Community Collect:

Home testing kits are available to collect from a number of venues across the city. Our staff are trained and on hand to help you and they are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have and to talk you through how to use these tests. You can find out more details about the community collect venues which offer this via www.stoke.gov.uk/communitycollect

Pharmacy collection:

58 pharmacies across the city offer home testing kits. You can find out where you can collect them from via a map on the NHS website. Click here to find out more.

Ordering tests online:

If you cannot collect a home test kit from a community testing site or pharmacy, you can order them online by clicking here.

If you have one of the three main symptoms then you are not eligible for lateral flow testing. You should instead book a test through https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test, or by calling 119. Please also remember that confirmatory PCR tests for positive lateral flow tests have been reintroduced. It is really important that everyone has a confirmatory PCR test within 48 hours maximum of a positive LFT at our community venues.

Book a Covid-19 test

It’s so important we all get tested regularly for coronavirus– at least twice a week. There are different ways that are convenient for you to access tests. Every test we take helps ensure we are protecting are families, friends, colleagues and communities. If we want lockdown restrictions to continue to ease, we must keep testing twice a week and follow the guidance. You will still be able to book tests at our community testing centres and there are still plenty of slots available. A full list of community locations and booking options and a range of locations, dates and times for the week ahead the are available on our website via https://www.stoke.gov.uk/bookacovid19test.

PCR tests

If you are symptomatic or need a confirmatory PCR test for a positive lateral flow test, and are unable to book one using the national system, you can alternatively request PCR home delivery. New slots are added to the national portal throughout the day, but people can also book a home PCR test online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

If you require an urgent test you do have the option of a walk-up (unbooked) test at Fenton Manor Car Park or Synectics Solutions.

PCR tests are available in the city at SCFC, Fenton Manor Car Park and Synectics Solution and can be booked by going to Coronavirus (COVID-19) – NHS https://www.nhs.uk/) or by phoning 119.

Please remember to stop the spread of Covid-19 it is important to self-isolate immediately when you start to feel unwell with Covid-19 symptoms.


Westport Lake pop up testing


COVID-19 vaccination walk-in clinics, including at Stoke-on-Trent Pride this weekend

This weekend, a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be held at Stoke-on-Trent Pride in Hanley Park. Anybody who is eligible for their COVID-19 jab is welcome, and no appointment is needed. The latest details for the clinic are:

Date: Saturday, 7 August 2021

Time: To be confirmed

Location: Stoke-on-Trent Pride, Hanley Park, Cleveland Road, ST1 4DX

For: AstraZeneca and Moderna

A walk in-clinic is also being held at Birches Head Medical Centre this weekend:

Date: Saturday, 7 August

Time: 9am – 12.30pm

Location: Birches Head Medical Centre, Diana Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 6RS

For: Pfizer, first and second doses, and AstraZeneca, first and second doses

Please keep checking https://www.twbstaffsandstoke.org.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccination/where-can-i-get-my-vaccination-from/community-vaccination-sites/walk-in-vaccination-clinics for the latest information on the Stoke-on-Trent Pride walk-in clinic, and for more information other walk-ins across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

Please note that all second doses are only available after 8+ weeks of your first vaccination, if you attend a walk in clinic before the 8 weeks, you will be turned away.


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Pregnant women are being urged to get their COVID-19 vaccination

Last week, NHS England’s Chief Midwifery Officer, Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, urged expectant mums to get the COVID-19 vaccine. This comes as data shows that since May, just three women had been admitted after having their first vaccine. In contrast, almost all (98 per cent) pregnant women admitted to hospital with Covid-19 had not been jabbed. COVID-19 vaccines are our best defences against the virus and offer us the best protection.

Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, Chief Midwifery Officer for England, said: “Vaccines save lives, and this is another stark reminder that the Covid-19 jab can keep you, your baby and your loved ones, safe and out of hospital.”

Whether you’re pregnant, think you might be, or you are trying for a baby, we encourage you to take up the offer of a vaccine to help protect yourselves and your babies.

Find out more and book your COVID-19 vaccine by going to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

If you have any concerns, please speak to a health professional such as your midwife.

Walk in vaccination centres

Walk-in vaccination centres in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire are regularly updated via the NHS Together We’re Better website – https://www.twbstaffsandstoke.org.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccination/where-can-i-get-my-vaccination-from/community-vaccination-sites/walk-in-vaccination-clinics 

Please keep an eye on this link for updates. We will also promote any centres in Stoke-on-Trent via the Stoke-on-Trent City Council social media pages.


Pregnant women and vaccines


Vaccination videos for unpaid carers

The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has worked with Carers UK to create a new video a new video encouraging unpaid carers to get their COVID vaccination. The video explains why it’s especially important for unpaid carers, aged 18 and over, to get their vaccinations as soon as possible. You can watch the video by clicking here.


Care homes vaccinations



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