Posted on Thursday 20th August 2020
The next round of walk-in testing for Covid-19 in Burton will be taking place on Friday, after a rise in cases in the area.
The testing will again take place at St Chad’s Community Centre on Hunter Street on Friday 21 August, from 11am to 5pm. A similar event last week saw more than 235 people turn up to be tested for the virus so people are being asked to stagger their visits to avoid queues.
These sessions are free, and open to everyone without Covid-19 symptoms.
The county council is also encouraging more women get tested, as not as many women have come forward.
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.
Between July 4 and August 3 there have been 103 confirmed cases in Burton, with the majority of these centred in Anglesey, Shobnall, Horninglow and Eton Park.
Already, more than 700 people have taken advantage of the pilot testing scheme, which has taken place in local mosques and St Chad’s Community Centre.
Dr Johnny McMahon, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing at Staffordshire County Council said:
“Hundreds of local people have turned up for testing in Burton so far, which is helping us in our fight against the spread of Covid-19. The more information we have on the virus in the area, the more we can do to tackle the outbreak.
“The response of communities has been fantastic - everyone has their part to play in stopping the spread of this virus, and I am grateful to the communities who have come out to get tested, as well as the mosques and community centres who have pulled together.
“I would urge anyone in the local area to come along and get tested if they aren’t showing symptoms.”
Revd George Crossley from the St Chad’s Community Centre said:
“We are pleased to be part of the testing programme again, it was an excellent start last week, but we know that we will only get on top of Covid through perseverance. It can be tough to not do the things we like to do: meeting with friends and family, for example. But only by being tough with ourselves and by putting others first are we going to overcome the devastating effect this virus has on individuals and our community as a whole. Getting a test is part of our way of helping everyone.”
Shaid Hussain from the Parker Street Mosque said:
“We had a great response to the testing last week, and I want to thank everyone who came to the centre to get tested. This is a great opportunity to do it again, so if you missed out on testing the first time, please come along.”
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/coronavirus