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COVID-19 Update 21 May 2021

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Key messages

  • We continue to promote rapid testing across the county, through the campaign: “I do it twice a week, do you”. Our campaign activity will support increased community outreach and engagement activity by testing centre staff.
  • We are now officially in Step Three of the Government’s roadmap. This means that people can start to mix more, with up to six people or two households indoors. County council services changed this week in line with the move nationally  – the main change for our services, in this step, is the increased capacity for wedding and civil partnership ceremonies.
  • The roll out of on-site testing in community pharmacies across Gloucestershire continues. This will increase accessibility for those who wish to have additional support in the processing and reporting of their test result and will sit alongside the Pharmacy Collect offer. Three of our four community testing centres now have reduced opening times as part of plans to wind down the sites, as testing forms part of our every day life and the venues used for the centres return to their business as usual activities, serving their local communities.
  • Follow the progress of the vaccination programme including and update on second doses for people aged over 50 and those with underlying health conditions (cohorts 1-9) and the latest age groups being invited for their first vaccination here.

Gloucestershire COVID-19 stats

Link to graph showing daily cases by local authority (Please open in Google Chrome)


  • In week 20 (Monday 10th May – Sunday 16th May) there were 54 confirmed cases of COVID 19.

Of these cases:

  • 20 were in Stroud
  • 10 were in Gloucester
  • 8 were in Cotswold
  • 7 were in Cheltenham
  • 7 were in Forest of Dean
  • 2 were in Tewkesbury

* Please note these figures are provisional and subject to change. (Source: as at 16:00 19/05/2021)

The rate of cases in the last 7 days per 100,000 is 8.8 in Gloucestershire, 9.3 in the South West, and 21.0 in England.

Deaths mentioning COVID-19

  • In week 18 (Saturday 2nd – Friday 7th May) there was 1 death mentioning “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)”, which is 1.0% of all deaths, this compares with 0 (0.0% of all deaths) in Week 17

*Please note these figures are based on all deaths registered by the 14th May, they are provisional and will be subject to change.  They include deaths that make any mention of COVID-19 on the death certificate.

(Source: Weekly provisional figures on deaths occurring and registered in England and Wales by Local Authority)

*Please note the dates above, the ONS weeks run from Saturday- Friday and we are unable to change this.   

Deaths in NHS Trusts² – 612 (0 new).


Due to data issues cannot include figures.

Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) locations⁶

Stow RFC, Oddington Road, Stow on the Wold, GL54 1JJ (Thursday)

Car Park, Oldends Lane, Stonehouse, GL10 2DG (Thursday-Monday)

Car Park off Newerne Street, Lydney, GL15 5RA (Thursday-Friday and Wednesday)

Lower Lode Depot, Lower Lode Lane, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT (Thursday-Thursday)

Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 6JS (Thursday-Thursday)

Hartpury University & Hartpury College, Gloucester, GL19 3BE (Saturday-Sunday)

University Of Gloucestershire, Entrance 3, Park Campus, The Park, Cheltenham, GL50 2RH (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

Gloucester RTS

Hempsted Meadows, David Hook Way, Gloucester, GL2 5LE

Cheltenham LTS

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.

Community Testing Sites (LFD)

Gloucester City

The Friendship Café @ Chequers, Painswick Road, Gloucester, GL4 6PR

You can book a test here for this site if you do not 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.

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 0 confirmed⁷ outbreaks in high risk settings8  in Gloucestershire.

Key links

National Guidance

General NHS advice

Latest advice and developments from Gloucestershire NHS

Gloucestershire’s Community Help Hub

Council service updates

Make an adult social care referral 

Business advice and support

Looking after your wellbeing

Support for children and families during Covid-19

National updates

Your questions answered

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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.