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Mobile testing site to remain until Sunday following pub coronavirus outbreak in Stone

A mobile coronavirus testing centre, set up after an outbreak of cases linked to a Stone pub, will remain there until Sunday.

After Staffordshire County Council asked anyone drinking or working in the Crown and Anchor on the 16, 17 and 18 of July to get tested, long queues have formed at a walk-in centre on the Crown Street car park.

It was set to be there until Friday, with the council saying staff were working extremely hard to ensure the people waiting there got tested.

But with demand for the tests remaining high, the site is set to remain open until Sunday (2 August).

Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council’s Director for Public Health said: “As part of our outbreak control duties, we are dealing with an outbreak at the Crown and Anchor pub in Stone.

"It is important that anyone drinking or working in the pub on that weekend gets tested as soon as possible, which is why we’ve organised for a mobile testing unit to be in the town all day tomorrow and Friday.

“We also want people who have been in close contact with anyone drinking in the pub on that weekend to get themselves tested, as well as people who were out and about in the town and are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms—namely a high temperature, new persistent cough or loss of taste and smell.

"It is also crucial that people self-isolate if they are told to do so.

“By getting tested, this gives us important information on the full extent of any outbreak, and allows us to put measures in place if needed to help prevent the spread of infection.

“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.”

The pub is temporarily closed.

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