- As expected, as lockdown restrictions have been eased and people have started to mix more, so has Covid. Cases are going up across the country – with some areas, including Gloucestershire, seeing more rapid growth. The majority of cases in the county are in younger people aged 10-29 years old – mostly as a result of community transmission – but we are seeing outbreaks in schools and places of work which are being well managed.
- To date, we have seen relatively low rates in Gloucestershire and across the south west. This is good news but it could also explain why our cases are rising more quickly than in some other areas with less people having gained a level of immunity from some exposure to the virus. Add to that, we are testing more people than ever before!
- Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and others. All adults aged over 18 years can now get a their vaccine, with the second dose for over 40s being accelerated from 12 to eight weeks in between. One dose of the vaccine offers good levels of protection, but to get maximum protection everyone must get a second dose. Watch Charlie’s ‘why I got the vaccine’ video to see why getting vaccinated is so important.
- Three local GP-led vaccination sites are holding an additional ‘drop-in’ service this weekend in the Stroud, Cirencester and Gloucester areas – for anyone over the age of 18 who has yet to take up the offer of their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Find out more information by visiting the NHS Covid website.
- Everyone must continue with regular rapid COVID-19 testing, even if they have been vaccinated. For more information visit: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/testing
- Anyone with symptoms should self-isolate immediately and get tested – there is help and support available for things such as self-isolation payments. If you have been told to stay at home and self-isolate because you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid you should now get a PCR test – even if you don’t have symptoms. You must continue to self-isolate for the full ten days even if your PCR result is negative!
- And remember to:
– Wash your hands well and often
– Wear a face covering where required
– Keep your distance (remember the two metre rule)
– Get out in the fresh air or if you are staying inside let lots of fresh air in
– Limit how many people you meet up with – stick to six or two households inside and up to 30 outside – still remembering that two metre rule!
In the preceding 30 days of reporting (30 May-29 June) under our local pillar 2* testing sites 317,040 tests have been undertaken in Gloucestershire residents, 1.09 % of these were positive.
Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) locations⁶
- Stow RFC, Oddington Road, Stow on the Wold, GL54 1JJ (Thursday and Wednesday)
- Car Park off Newerne Street, Lydney, GL15 5RA (Thursday-Friday and Wednesday)
- Car Park, Oldends Lane, Stonehouse, GL10 2DG (Thursday-Sunday and Tuesday-Wednesday)
- Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 6JS (Thursday-Thursday)
- Lower Lode Depot, Lower Lode Lane, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT (Friday-Monday)
- Hartpury University & Hartpury College, Gloucester, GL19 3BE (Saturday-Sunday)
- University Of Gloucestershire, Entrance 3, Park Campus, The Park, Cheltenham, GL50 2RH (Saturday-Sunday)
- Cinderford RFC, Dockham Rd, Cinderford GL14 2AQ (Monday-Tuesday)
- Dursley Rugby Club, Hounds Green, Dursley GL11 6AJ (Monday-Tuesday)
- North RFC, Stoke Orchard Road, Bishops Cleeve, GL52 7DG (Tuesday-Wednesday)
Permanent Testing Site Locations
PCR Testing Sites
Hempsted Meadows, David Hook Way, Gloucester, GL2 5LE
High Street Car Park, Cheltenham, GL50 4AL Stroud LTS
Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Stratford Road, Stroud, GL5 4AF
You can book a test here for one of these sites if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.
Assisted Testing in Pharmacies (LFD)
You can see which pharmacies you can take a rapid test at if you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms here.
LFD Home Test Collection
Anyone can collect LFD kits for use at home from any of the locations listed here, including some pharmacies and local libraries.
LFD Home Test Delivery
If you cannot get tested at your workplace or are unable to go to a test site or collect test kits, you can order a test kit to your home here.
In the last 7 days, there has been 17 confirmed⁷ outbreaks in high risk settings in Gloucestershire.
- Regulatory approval of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca
- Regulatory approval of COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna
- Regulatory approval of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19
- Adult social care given over £250 million extra to continue coronavirus (COVID-19) protections
- 19 July remains our target date for ending restrictions
- Most vulnerable could be offered booster COVID-19 vaccines from September
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What is the situation regarding hospital admissions due to Covid-19 in Gloucestershire?
Thankfully, people now sadly dying with COVID-19 are few and far between and the majority of people testing positive experience mild symptoms or none at all. However, there are still people who require hospital treatment to recover. Information on admissions to hospital are published weekly by NHS Trust. As of Thursday 1st July there were 14 people in hospital with COVID-19 and 0 patients on ventilation at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and 0 patients in hospital with COVID-19 in Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust.
Please be mindful that when someone is admitted to hospital they are routinely tested for COVID-19. Not all those included in these figures are in hospital because of their COVID-19 symptoms and many will have no symptoms at all.
¹ The above data reflects nationally published data available here.
² This section contains information on deaths of patients who have died in hospitals in Gloucestershire and had tested positive for COVID-19 at time of death or where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate. All deaths are recorded against the date of death rather than the date the deaths were announced. It is based on national NHS data published here.
³ Weekly death figures provide provisional counts of the number of deaths registered in England and Wales for which data are available. From 31 March 2020 these figures also show the number of deaths involving coronavirus (COVID-19), based on any mention of COVID-19 on the death certificate. Figures by place of death may differ to previously published figures due to improvements in the way we code place of death. This figure does not include deaths of those resident outside England and Wales or those records where the place of residence is either missing or not yet fully coded. For this reason counts may differ to published figures when summed. Bank Holidays could affect the number of registrations made within those weeks.
⁴ CQC publish figures on deaths where Covid-19 was suspected in the notification from the care home, as well as all cause mortality (since 10 April 2020). It is probable that not all deaths due to Covid-19 will be notified as such, conversely Covid-19 may be mentioned but not have been a contributory factor in a death). While CQC numbers are more comprehensive than local reporting, they are not currently reported by district council.
⁵ Pillar 2 swab testing is available for the wider population, as set out in government guidance. It does not include inpatients and frontline healthcare workers.
⁶ Please note that there is a possibility of last minute changes if the MTU’s are diverted to assist with outbreak control both in this county or elsewhere.
⁷ Confirmed – this means a laboratory confirmed case of Covid19 from that setting. Suspected – this means there has been someone reporting Covid19 symptoms (new continuous cough or high temperature or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)) from the setting and swab result is awaited. Outbreak – An outbreak is where two or more persons with the confirmed or suspected COVID-19 who are linked through common exposure, personal characteristics, time or location. Incident – An incident is any event involving COVID-19 which presents a real or possible risk to the health of the public and requires urgent investigation and management.
8 High risk settings are places where individuals live in close proximity to each other or are particularly vulnerable. These include care homes, supported living, student accommodation, homeless accommodation and schools. This would not include single cases in hospital settings.
9 Specimen date range used is 4 days before today and includes the preceding 7 days. This is due to the time it takes for a specimen to be taken, processed and notified (average 4 days)