11 people positive for coronavirus in Stone pub outbreak as 500 tested in one day

Public health bosses say that staff at a walk-in centre set up in Stone yesterday managed to test more than 500 people for coronavirus.

It comes after a confirmed outbreak at the Crown and Anchor pub.

Eleven people have tested positive so far after going there on July 16, 17 and 18, but authorities are expecting this number to rise as the testing continues.

A mobile testing unit (MTU) has been running today (30 July) after hundreds turned up to a walk-in centre on Crown Street car park yesterday.

Hundreds more booked an appointment online get themselves tested today.

It will be open from 11am to 3pm on Friday, and from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Staffordshire County Council’s Director for Public Health Richard Harling said: “The response to the testing has been great, both at the Crown Street testing centre in Stone, and at the other testing sites at the Bet 365 Stadium in Stoke or Beaconside in Stafford.

"By getting tested, people are not only keeping themselves, their family and the wider community safe, they are also giving us important information that enables us to manage the outbreak.

“Therefore, if you haven’t booked a test yet, please do so as soon as possible. To those who have been tested—thank you.

“We’re doing everything we can to prevent outbreaks and stop the virus from spreading. Residents can help by continuing to follow the rules to stop the spread of Covid-19—washing hands regularly, keeping your distance, and wearing face coverings in shops and on public transport.”

Anyone who believes they need to be tested need to book an appointment before they get to the centre by visiting here: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

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