More than 1,000 tested for coronavirus as number of confirmed cases linked to bingo night rises again


Staff and customers who have visited a dozen places known to have been visited by people who have tested positive for Covid-19 are urged to get tested today after a further increase in cases.A mobile test unit will spend its fourth day in Knutton today and people can show up without an appointment until 3:30 p.m. or come to the drop-in test center in Newcastle before 8 p.m.

There are now 17 known cases – up to one from yesterday – linked to the initial outbreak at the Silverdale Working Men’s Club on August 16.

Anyone who tests positive is told to self-isolate and their contacts are traced.

As part of the testing and tracing efforts, the whereabouts of these people while they were unknowingly contagious has been traced and linked to a number of premises in Silverdale and Newcastle.

And people are also reminded to leave their full and correct contact details if they visit pubs and restaurants to help support the program.

Anyone who has visited one of the 12 premises on the dates specified below should be tested as soon as possible.

These are:

  • Silverdale Working Men’s Club – 16 au 21 août
  • The Bush pub – August 20 to August 22
  • The Vine pub – August 20 to August 23
  • The George & Dragon pub – August 20 to August 22
  • Newcastle (King Street) Working Men’s Club – 22 août
  • The Kiln – 22 août
  • The Crown – August 22
  • Yates in Newcastle – August 22
  • The Roebuck Pub – August 23
  • Bilash Restaurant – August 24
  • The Arnold Machin – August 26 and 27
  • The Westbury Tavern, Clayton – 26 et 27 août

Dr Richard Harling, Director of Health and Care for Staffordshire County Council, said: ‘We have over 1000 people showing up for testing this weekend and I want to thank them and local businesses. , for supporting our efforts to reduce the spread of the virus.

“We know this epidemic is largely focused on people who go out for a drink or something to eat before they know they have Covid-19. The virus is extremely contagious, so it is important that anyone who has visited any of the named sites on the dates specified is tested, even if they are feeling well.

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

The tests are available on:

  • A mobile drive-through test unit at the Old Knutton Recreation Center 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today with a guided tour also available
  • A passing test center is open at Ryecroft car park, Newcastle, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • People should book the tests online if possible through the national portal at or by calling 119. They can also take without a Appointment to the above, but should wear face covers and bring ID.

All sites visited by people who test positive have completed Covid-19 risk assessments and, with measures in place, can continue to open and welcome customers.


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