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County council advises cautious steps

Posted on Friday 26th February 2021

County council health bosses are asking residents to remain cautious and to keep following all the rules and getting tested regularly.

Boris Johnson’s plans of a staged easing of lockdown was unveiled on Monday and was welcomed by Staffordshire County Council.

However, the roadmap outlining the relaxation of restrictions must be treated with caution as the risk in Staffordshire remains high.

Cases are falling in most areas of the county but are rising in Tamworth and are still higher than the England average. Testing for the highly-transmissible South African variant is still taking place in Stafford borough. 

People should keep getting a rapid test if they need to be out and about, especially if they live in a hotspot area.  

Dr Johnny McMahon Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, said: 

“Schools are returning on 8 March and plans to slowly return to normality are in place. However, we plead with Staffordshire residents to remain cautious. 

“The latest virus data shows how quick things can change - not all areas of the county are showing cases falling and we are still midway through screening for the South African strain.

“Relaxing of the rules must be treated with extreme caution and be a gradual process – we cannot allow ourselves to become impatient.

“The current lockdown rules are still in place. Please stick to them, get tested regularly and take the vaccination when it is offered to you. This cautious approach will lead us slowly - and most important of all - safely back to the normality we all crave.”

The Covid-19 community testing centres and hotspot areas are as below:

District / borough

Community testing sites

Hotspot areas

Cannock Chase

Chase Leisure Centre, Stafford Road, Cannock, WS11 4AL

(Monday to Sunday) 

Cannock East, Cannock South, Cannock West, Heath Hayes East & Wimblebury, Hednesford Green Heath, Hednesford North, Hednesford South, Western Springs

East Staffordshire

Hillfield House, Hillfield Lane, Burton-upon-Trent DE13 0BW

(Monday to Sunday) 

Abbey, Anglesey, Branston, Churnet, Eton Park, Horninglow, Shobnall, Stapenhill, Winshill

Lichfield

Lichfield City FC, Brownsfield Road, Eastern Avenue, Lichfield, WS13 6AY

(Monday to Sunday)

Boley Park, Boney Hay & Central, Chasetown, Curborough

Newcastle-under-Lyme

Seabridge Centre, Ash Way, Newcastle, ST5 3UB 

(Monday to Sunday) 

Victoria Hall, Liverpool Road, Kidsgrove, ST7 4EL

(Monday to Sunday) 

Cross Heath, Knutton

South Staffordshire

Codsall Leisure Centre, Elliots Lane, Codsall, Wolverhampton. WV8 1PG

(Monday to Tuesday) 

Wombourne Library, Church Rd, Wombourne, Wolverhampton, WV5 9EZ

(Monday to Sunday) 

Cheslyn Hay North & Saredon, Great Wyrley Town, Himley & Swindon, Huntington & Hatherton

Stafford

Kingston Centre, Fairway, Stafford, ST16 3TW

(Monday to Sunday)

The Grosvenor Centre, High Street, Gnosall, ST20 0EX 

(Monday to Sunday)

Eccleshall Community Centre, Shaws Lane, Eccleshall, ST21 6AU

(Monday to Sunday)

Stone Leisure Centre, Stafford Rd, Stone, ST15 8QW

(Monday to Sunday)

 

Eccleshall, Forebridge, Highfields & Western Downs

Staffordshire Moorlands

Brough Park Leisure Centre, Brough Park, Leek, ST13 6AT

(Sunday to Thursday)

 

Biddulph Leisure Centre, Thames Drive, Biddulph, ST8 7HL

(Tuesday to Saturday) 

Caverswall, Checkley

Tamworth

Ankerside Shopping Centre, Unit 30 George Street, Tamworth, B79 7LG

(Monday to Sunday)          

Amington, Belgrave, Castle, Glascote, Spital, Stonydelph, Trinity, Wilnecote

Staffordshire residents are now able to walk in to one of our community testing sites to get a rapid Covid-19 test.  Walk ins are subject to availability at each individual site - to secure a slot, booking on our community testing sites page is still recommended.

There will also be pop-up community testing sites at various locations supporting the above.

People with symptoms or those who have been asked to self-isolate as a close contact of a Covid case should not attend. 

For further information about variant testing in Stafford borough, visit:  South African variant - Staffordshire County Council.

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These contact details are for journalists and members of the media only:

Email: pressoffice@staffordshire.gov.uk
Call: 01785 895050

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Call: 0300 111 8000