Coronavirus outbreak linked to Midlands bingo night as more than 1,000 people tested

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More than 1,000 people have been tested for Covid-19 following an outbreak linked to a bingo night in Staffordshire. There are 16 known cases linked to the event at the Silverdale Working Men’s Club on August 16, according to Staffordshire County Council.

He said anyone who tested positive should self-isolate, while contacts of those who tested positive were traced.

As part of the council’s testing and traceability efforts, he urges anyone who has visited certain sites in Silverdale or Newcastle on specific dates to get tested as soon as possible.



The Arnold Machin Wetherspoon pub, on Ironmarket, Newcastle, is among dozens of locations currently linked to a Covid-19 outbreak in Staffordshire.

The places are:

– Silverdale Working Men’s Club from August 16 to 21

– The Bush pub from August 20 to 22

– The Vine pub from August 20 to 23

– the George and Dragon pub from August 20 to 22

– Newcastle (King Street) Working Men’s Club le 22 août

– The oven on August 22

– The Crown on August 22

– Yates in Newcastle on August 22

– The Roebuck pub on August 23

– Bilash restaurant on August 24

– L’Arnold Machin from August 26 to 27

– The Westbury Tavern in Clayton from August 26 to 27

Staffordshire County Council said testing continues during public holidays, with appointments available online or by showing up at a mobile testing unit in Knutton or a visitation center in Newcastle.

All of the listed sites have completed risk assessments and, with measures in place, can continue to open and welcome customers, the council added.

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Dr Richard Harling, Director of Health and Care, said: “What we are seeing from the testing and traceability activities is an expanded network compared to the original bingo event as people would get together with their friends and family and go out to socialize.

“Over 1,000 people have already been tested, but we need everyone who was at one of the sites on the dates listed to get tested.

“This is essential in our work to identify people who may be infected with the virus and to help contain the spread of infection even further. “

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