Covid case rates locally see steep rise

Public Health officials are concerned that Covid-19 case rates in Stoke-on-Trent are rising steeply. The current number of cases is already having an impact on local services such as hospitals, GPs, businesses  and schools.

In a statement from Stoke-on-Trent City Council, the impact is being made very clear.

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The Stoke-on-Trent City Council statement reads:

“The seven-day rate of coronavirus cases in the city is now 372.5 per 100,000 people, for the week 21 August – 27 August 2021. This is a 13.2 per centincrease on the previous seven days. The positivity rate or the percentage of people who have had a test and tested positive is 10.5 per cent. Cases are spread across the city, but hotspot areas are Bentilee and Ubberley.

“955 people tested positive in the last week and 844 in the week before that – each of them 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, means we are losing up to 5,000 days at work a week from our businesses, schools and public services.  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.

“372.5 per 100,000 is not ok and will continue to disrupt the NHS, schools, public services, businesses and everyday life. We are way above the England average (312.9) and the West Midlands average (326.4) and we are the 26thhighest LA in England and the 3rd highest LA in West Midlands (just behind Wolverhampton and Telford & Wrekin) – 2 weeks ago we were below national and regional average, 117th in England and 12th in West Midlands.”

We are all reminded that although legal restrictions and requirements regarding Covid-19 are lifted, the precautions will still be effective in bringing these high case numbers down.




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