From Stoke-on-Trent City Council:
This update includes what to expect when visiting and using some of our council services:
- Covid-19 rates in Stoke-on-Trent and public health guidance
- COVID-19 vaccinations
- COVID-19 testing
- Festivals and events testing reminder
Covid-19 rates in Stoke-on-Trent and public health guidance
The seven-day rate of coronavirus cases in the city is now 397.9 per 100,000 people, for the week 26 August – 1 September 2021. This is a 12.3 per centincrease on the previous seven days. The positivity rate or the percentage of people who have had a test and tested positive is 11.1 per cent.
Case rates continue to rise across the city. 955 people tested positive last week and this has increased to 1,009 people. This is the biggest issue facing the NHS and others at the moment – staff losses – as they are amongst the worst hit – not just in hospital but GPs, community services and ambulance staff.
We mentioned last week each person has to self-isolate for 10 days so each week we have nearly 1,000 people in the city testing positive which, on the assumption that people work five days a week, mean we are losing nearly 5,000 days at work a week from our businesses, schools and public services.
This is not ok and we need to continue to hands, face, space, fresh air, test and get the vaccine to stop the spread of coronavirus.
We are currently way above the England average as we are the 16th highest LA in England and we are 1st in West Midlands. We must do better to drive the case rates down.
We can all do this 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.
Covid pass scam
A covid pass scam offering people the chance to apply for a COVID-19 pass, is doing the rounds on social media. If you receive this please remember your covid vaccination status is on the NHS App and is not applied for.
Over 12s who are severely immunosuppressed are now approved by the JCVI to get a third COVID-19 vaccine dose. Research shows that around 40% of people in this group had a low antibody response and therefore potentially less protection, after two vaccine doses. As they are more likely to become seriously ill if they do catch COVID-19 and that a third dose is unlikely to cause harm, the JCVI decided on balance that an additional dose can be given safely. People in this group should wait to be invited for vaccination by their GPs.
Over 16s can now get their COVID-19 jabs
COVID-19 vaccines are now available for:
- everyone aged 16 or over
- some children aged 12 to 15 who have a higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 or who live with someone at high risk of catching it
- book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments online for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy
- find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site to get vaccinated without needing an appointment
- wait to be contacted by your GP surgery and book your appointments with them
Pregnant women are being urged to get their COVID-19 vaccination
NHS England’s Chief Midwifery Officer, Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, is urging 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 of) 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. 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.
As part of the Stoke-on-Trent Community Health Champions scheme, a new podcast called ‘Pregnancy in the pandemic’ is now available to listen to. New mum Clare talks about her experiences being pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic, and explains why she got her vaccination during her pregnancy. You can listen to the podcast or read the full transcript of the interview by clicking here.
If you have any concerns, please speak to a health professional such as your midwife.
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.
Pop up testing and doorstep testing
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 alongside the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will be at:
Date: Friday 10 September 2021
Time: 11am – 3pm
Location: The Potteries Shopping Centre, middle floor near to Lush Cosmetics
Please pop along – ask any questions, have a lateral flow test or collect your home testing kits.
The doorstep testing is taking place today in the Tunstall area of the city where case rates are high but testing rates have been low. Our COVID stewards will be visiting a number of streets in the area and will be dressed in high visibility tabards and will carry identification at all times
Information on pop up testing and doorstep testing will be updated on the council website later this week – www.stoke.gov.uk/bookacovid19test. You will also be able to keep up to date by following us on social media.
Information on pop up testing and doorstep testing will be updated on our website later this week – www.stoke.gov.uk/bookacovid19test. You will also be able to keep up to date by following us on social media.
There are a number of ways you can access regular Covid-19 tests in Stoke-on-Trent
- Home testing kits
Everyone in England can access free lateral flow tests. 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.
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 https://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 lateral flow test (LFT) at our community venues.
- Book a Covid-19 test (for people without Covid-19 symptoms)
You can still book lateral flow 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 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 (www.nhs.uk) or by phoning 119.
Festivals and events testing reminder
Music festivals and events are now back and many music-lovers and festival-goers are enjoying going to gigs once again. If you or someone you know plans to attend a music festival or event, follow the guidance below to stay safe:
- It is good practice to take a lateral flow test both BEFORE & AFTER you attend a festival
- Remember to take a Lateral Flow Test when you get home
- Also continue to test with a Lateral Flow Test twice a week as this will help identify cases early and stop onward transmission.
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