Variant in Leek
Cases of the Delta Variant of Concern (VOC) first identified in India have now been confirmed in Leek. Over 100 people linked to cases across four schools (Westwood College, St Edward’s Middle School, Leek High School and Westwood First School) have tested positive for the virus. More than 60 of these cases have been confirmed as the Delta VOC so far, with the majority of positive cases expected to be VOC too.
Around 1,000 pupils and a small number of staff have been asked to self-isolate since the start of the outbreak.
Surge Testing in Leek
It has now been confirmed that 10,000 extra PCR tests will be carried out in the town as part of surge testing from the w/c Monday June 14. Some additional testing will also take place in Cheddleton.
PCR Testing sites:
- Tuesday 15 June - Brough Park Leisure Centre, ST16 3AT, 2pm to 6pm
- Wednesday 16 June - Brough Park Leisure Centre,ST16 3AT, 2pm to 6pm
- Friday 18 June - Sainbury's Churnet Way, Leek, ST13 8YG, 10am to 12 noon
Schools and Further Education
Children aged eight and over will be tested with older children being tested at school and younger children sent home with tests for parents to carry out.
The following school and further education settings are taking part:
- Westwood First School
- St Edward's CofE Academy, Cheddleton
- Leek High School
- Westwood College
- Churnet View Middle School
- St Edward's CofE Academy, Leek
- Leek & Buxton College
We will be extending the testing to the wider community later in the week, with particular focus on the 18-to-35 year old group. The PCR testing is for people without symptoms only and people should get tested even if they have been previously tested or have had the vaccine.
Please do not have a lateral flow test – these are not as accurate and cannot be genotyped, so may miss cases of these new variants.
People with Symptoms
People with symptoms should self-isolate and book a testvia the government testing site.
If you or anyone in your household tests positive, the entire household will need to isolate for 10 days. We will also trace any close contacts to help stop the spread of infection.
If you have already been asked to isolate, you must continue to do so regardless of your test result.
We are also asking those who are eligible for vaccination, to get their vaccine as soon as possible. We are working with the NHS to bring forward vaccinations for Leek residents and again more information will be available here when these plans are finalised.
Vaccinations in Leek - Updated June 11 to include Cheddleton
Aged 18 and over
A pop-up vaccination clinic will run from Monday 7 June to Wednesday 16 June at Leek Moorlands Hospital (Sadler Ward) with daytime and some evening and weekend appointments.
- People who live in Leek over 18 years old
- People who are over 18 and have children at a Leek school
- People who are over 18 and work in Leek
- Staffordshire Moorlands residents who live or work in Cheddleton
The clinic is the only place where people in Leek or Cheddleton aged 18 to 24 will be able to get the vaccine.
People can book on the below links or by calling 01785 898844:
Please bring proof of identity showing home address. People who work in Leek or Cheddleton, or have children attending a Leek school but live outside of Leek or Cheddleton should bring evidence of their connection (proof of employment or registered pupil).
Anyone who is 25 or over can also book a vaccine through the national programme. Around 600 people in Leek who are eligible have not had their first dose.
Frequently asked questions
Cases of the Delta Covid Variant of Concern (VOC) continue to rise in the Leek area. More than 100 people have tested positive for the virus and the vast majority are expected to be the Delta VOC. Surge testing is now being carried out in schools and in the wider community.
Will children be tested?
We plan to test all pupils aged eight and over (middle school age). Children in High School will be tested in school, with home testing for younger children. This will take place w/c June 14 and your school will be in touch.
What about the wider community?
We are looking at a number of options to encourage more people, particularly those aged 18 to 35 to get tested. We will share detail of all the options in the coming days.
I have already had a test or the vaccine – do I need one?
We are asking everyone to have a test even if they have had a test recently or have had the vaccine. This will allow tests to be sent for genotyping and will help identify and more cases of the variant.
Will a lateral flow (LFT) test do?
No. We need tests to be via PCR as these can be sent for genotyping. Genotyping positive tests will tell us whether the particular strain of COVID-19 is a variant, and which particular variant it is. This cannot be done with a lateral flow test.
Are the test compulsory?
No, but we need to test as many people as possible to help contain this outbreak in Leek.
Do I need to isolate?
If you have been told to isolate by the Test and Trace team you must continue to do so, even if your test result is negative. You have been told to isolate because you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive or COVID-19, and this is to prevent any further spread.
If you haven’t been told to isolate you do not need to do so, but we are still asking people to get a PCR test.
What about vaccines?
Pop-up vaccination clinics will run from Monday 7 June for people aged 18 and over in Leek. More information can be found further up this page.
We advise everyone over 25 who is eligible for the vaccine to book an appointment through the national programme.
Are there any additional restrictions?
The roadmap step 3 rules remain in place. There are no additional restrictions on living and working in Leek at the moment. People are advised to be aware of the risk of infection and take careful precautions to prevent the spread of the virus including hand hygiene, social distancing, face coverings in indoor public places, and congregating outdoors rather than inside where possible.