COVID-19 outbreak at a local pub

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We have been notified by Staffordshire County Council of a COVID-19 outbreak at the Crown and Anchor pub in Stone. This is related to activity over the weekend of 16-18 July.

Please see the below update from the Public Health team, including information on a walk-in testing centre which will be available on the Crown Street car park in Stone today (Wednesday 29 July) and Friday (July 31) from 10am to 5pm.  

People who were drinking or working in the Crown and Anchor Pub in Stone on the 16, 17 and 18 of July are being urged to get tested for Covid-19.

The county council has been made aware of a number of positive cases of coronavirus that have been confirmed amongst visitors to the pub on these dates.

Officers are now keen to trace anyone else who may have been drinking in the Crown and Anchor on the 16,17 and 18 July, along with anyone who may have been in close contact with someone who went to the pub on that weekend.

People who may have been drinking in Stone on that weekend and are currently experiencing Covid-19 symptoms are also being urged to get a test.

A walk-in testing centre will be available on the Crown Street car park in Stone today (Wednesday 29 July) and Friday (July 31) from 10am to 5pm. The tests are free, and no appointment is needed. 

Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council’s Director for Public Health said: “As part of our outbreak control duties, we are dealing with an outbreak at the Crown and Anchor pub in Stone. It is important that anyone drinking or working in the pub on that weekend gets tested as soon as possible, which is why we’ve organised for a mobile testing unit to be in the town all day tomorrow and Friday.

“We also want people who have been in close contact with anyone drinking in the pub on that weekend to get themselves tested, as well as people who were out and about in the town and are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms—namely a high temperature, new persistent cough or loss of taste and smell. It is also crucial that people self-isolate if they are told to do so.

“By getting tested, this gives us important information on the full extent of any outbreak, and allows us to put measures in place if needed to help prevent the spread of infection.

“We’re doing everything we can to prevent outbreaks and stop the virus from spreading. Residents can help by continuing to follow the rules to stop the spread of Covid-19—washing hands regularly, keeping your distance, and wearing face coverings in shops and on public transport.”

For general coronavirus advice including how to book a test, visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus