Cases of Covid-19 in Blythe Bridge, Forsbrook and Caverswall are beginning to fall after rocketing to the highest rate in the West Midlands last week. As of the weekend, the rate of infection with coronavirus was at 550 per 100,000 and dropping rapidly.
Cases of Covid-19 in Blythe Bridge, Forsbrook and Caverswall are beginning to fall after rocketing to the highest rate in the West Midlands last week.
As of the weekend, the rate of infection with coronavirus was at 550 per 100,000 and dropping rapidly.
But last week, the outbreak saw rates peak as pop-up test centres were put in place to monitor the situation.
Staffordshire County Councillor, Ross Ward outlined the spike in virus cases at a virtual meeting of Forsbrook Parish Council on Monday (November 16).
He said: “First of all, Covid and the ongoing situation – Forsbrook, Blythe Bridge and Caverswall had quite a severe peak. We managed 855 cases per 1000,000 which was extraordinarily high.
“There were a lot of asymptomatic cases at the pop-up test centres, which were set up as part of the county council’s response.
“The latest figures as of yesterday (Sunday) were still high in the Moorlands at 383 per 100,000. For Blythe Bridge, Forsbrook and Caverswall it was 550 but dropping quite rapidly.
“At one point we were the highest in the whole of the West Midlands, but it is now going the right way.”
Cllr Ward said more pop-up test facilities could be put in place to monitor the outbreak over the next few days and praised the actions of the county council in putting testing in place and communicating with residents needing access to a test.
Director for Health and Care at Staffordshire County Council, Dr Richard Harling, said: “The testing we’ve previously set up is for anyone without symptoms of Covid-19, and is to identify how far the virus has spread and identify and isolate any further cases.
“Testing is available for people who are worried that they might have been in contact with an infectious case.
“This might include for example: Children and young people and their parents where there has been a case at their school, employees where there has been a case at their business or anyone who has come into contact with someone who appeared to have symptoms of Covid-19.
“The next lot of community testing for the Moorlands will be in Werrington tomorrow (Thursday, November 19). There will be 125 appointments available at Werrington Village Hall, Ash Bank Rd between 9.30am and 1pm.”
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