First Case of South African Strain of Covid Identified in Staffordshire
Tuesday 16 February 2021
Three New Covid Testing Sites Open After First Case of South African Variant Found
Three new Covid Community Testing Centres opened their doors yesterday – after the first case of the South African variant was identified in Stafford borough.
The centres in Gnosall, Stone and Eccleshall, together with the Kingston Centre in Stafford, will allow even more people to get tested and help stop the spread of the variant.
Since the call went out for everyone who works or lives in the borough to get tested, more than 1,300 people were tested over the weekend and more than 3,500 have already booked a test this week.
Dr Johnny McMahon, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, said:
“We continue to have a fantastic response and our message to people who live or work in the borough is to book a test if they haven’t already.
“We now have four Community Testing Centres open and want to test as many people as possible over the next four weeks. This will help us identify any further cases of this more contagious variant and in turn help break the chain of infection.”
The Community Testing Centres for people with no symptoms are open seven days a week and are at The Kingston Centre, Stafford, The Grosvenor Centre, Gnosall, Stone Leisure Centre and Eccleshall Community Centre.
The county council already offers community Covid testing for people across the county who need to be out during lockdown and has increased the capacity in the Stafford borough area after it was found that a resident tested positive for the variant earlier this year.
Patrick Farrington, Leader of Stafford Borough Council, said:
"As a council, we are committed to doing everything we can to protect both lives and livelihoods.
“This means everyone in the borough staying at home as much as possible, sticking to the rules and getting tested to help us control the spread of infection.
“With four Community Testing Centres open across the borough, getting tested has never been easier, and may just help protect the life of someone you care for.”
People are allowed to leave their homes to get tested and can book a test in advance at:
Welcome to the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Community Test Sites Appointment System (zipporah.co.uk)
People with symptoms should book a test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
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Tutbury Community Fund
Some of you may be aware that when the Peveril Heritage Park estate was approved for construction an amount of money was put aside for community improvements, initially in the form of a new community building, but eventually in the form of a 250k fund. The ESBC (East Staffordshire Borough Council) managed 250k Tutbury Community Fund has now opened for applications from eligible organisations.
The application timescales are quite tight, and your Parish Council are pushing to get these extended. However, I urge community groups to consider putting in proposals. You will notice that it is possible to partner with other organisations as part of a bid, be it with a Parish Council, Borough Council, company, charity etc in order to strengthen bids where perhaps additional project management experience would be beneficial; feel free to approach the Parish Council if you would believe partnering with us would be useful.
(Chair – Tutbury Parish Council)
We have via a number of sources received complaints of a rise in anti-social behaviour around the village of late, in particular in the locality of the new Heritage Park estate. If you see anti-social behaviour please do report this via the appropriate channels, in particular by calling it in to the police via 101, or online using the link provided to the right.