21st June 2021
Covid-19 cases in Newcastle have risen sharply, and are now the highest in Staffordshire. Most of these cases are the more transmissible Delta Variant of Concern, and we are seeing the highest rates amongst people in the 11-18 and 18-33 age-range.
Testing is the best way of finding more positive cases, and seeing how this variant is spreading. It is also important as it allows us to isolate cases, trace their contacts and stop the spread in its tracks.
To help detect more cases, we are asking all students to get a PCR test at a local testing centre. You can find your nearest centre via www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test and choosing the “My local council has asked me to get a test” option when prompted. Please encourage your child to get tested as soon as possible.
If you are or your child is aged 18, they are now eligible to get a Covid-19 vaccination, and we would encourage them to do so.
I know students and parents are working hard to ensure they follow the rules around hands, face, space and fresh air, and it is important that we remain vigilant and continue to follow these guidelines.
We have done so much over the past few weeks to keep Covid-19 cases low. We need to keep this going. The more information we get about the spread of the variant, the more we can do to stop it in its tracks and get back to doing the things we enjoy.
Dr. Richard Harling
Director of Health and Care, Staffordshire County Council