COVID-19 update 30 July 2021

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Key messages

  • Getting both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination is still our best chance of protecting ourselves from the most severe symptoms of COVID-19 and those people who are most at risk from the virus.
  • Rapid testing is still really important to help slow the spread of infection. Twice-weekly testing gives you the best chance of stopping Covid in it’s tracks. More than 100 pharmacies across the county are set up as collection points for FREE rapid COVID-19 tests. You can also visit a local pharmacy to take a test on site. Find out more.
  • Secondary school pupils who have been testing regularly whilst at school are encouraged to keep going throughout the summer holidays. Testing regularly even though you have no symptoms is an important way to control the virus.
  • If you can’t meet friends and family outside, remember to open windows and doors to let plenty of fresh air in.
  • Ill or injured, but not life threatening? Visit NHS 111 or call 111. The 111 phone service can book you into the right NHS service for you e.g. a number of community minor injury & illness units across Glos are open ‘til 8pm
  • The test, trace and isolate steps will continue to play an important role in managing the virus and reduce the risk of it mutating and new variants developing.
  • It remains a legal requirement, to self-isolate if you are Covid positive and until at least 16 August, for all contacts of a positive case to isolate. If you
  • are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid you are still encourage to get a PCR test.
  • Although no longer a legal requirement, face coverings, social distancing and regular handwashing remain effective ways to help reduce the risk of spreading Covid

Testing

In the preceding 30 days of reporting (27 June- 27 July) under our local pillar 2* testing sites 345,324 tests have been undertaken in Gloucestershire residents, 2.8 % of these were positive.

Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) locations⁶

  • Car Park off Newerne Street, Lydney, GL15 5RA (Friday, Wednesday and Thursday)
  • Car Park, Oldends Lane, Stonehouse, GL10 2DG (Friday, Sunday and Thursday)
  • Lower Lode Depot, Lower Lode Lane, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT (Friday- Thursday)
  • Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 6JS (Friday-Thursday)
  • Hartpury University & Hartpury College, Gloucester, GL19 3BE (Saturday)
  • University Of Gloucestershire, Entrance 3, Park Campus, The Park, Cheltenham, GL50 2RH (Sunday)
  • North RFC, Stoke Orchard Road, Bishops Cleeve, GL52 7DG (Monday-Wednesday)
  • Dursley Rugby Club, Hounds Green, Dursley GL11 6AJ (Monday-Wednesday)
  • Cinderford RFC, Dockham Rd, Cinderford GL14 2AQ (Tuesday)

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.

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 and local libraries.

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.

Outbreaks
In the last 7 days, there has been 14 confirmed⁷ outbreaks in high risk settings  in Gloucestershire.

National updates

Your questions answered

To make sure your questions get answered promptly by the team, please continue to send your questions directly to democratic.services@gloucestershire.gov.uk


  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.
  9. Specimen date range used is 4 days before today and includes the preceding 7 days. This is due to the time it takes for a specimen to be taken, processed and notified (average 4 days) 

Gloucestershire COVID-19 stats

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

Cases
In week 30 (Monday 19th July – Sunday 25th July) there were 1758 confirmed cases of COVID19.

Of these  cases:

  • 473 were in Gloucester
  • 365 were in Stroud
  • 320 were in Cheltenham
  • 205 were in Forest of Dean
  • 201 were in Tewkesbury
  • 194 were in Cotswold

The rate of cases in the last 7 days per 100,000 is 289.7 in Gloucestershire, 360.6 in the South West, and 370.9 in England9.

Deaths mentioning COVID19

  • In week 28 (Saturday 10thJuly – Friday 16th July) there was 0 death mentioning “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)”, which is 0.0% of all deaths, this compares with 1 (0.9% of all deaths) in Week 27

*Please note these figures are based on all deaths registered by the 24th  July 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 the dates above, the ONS weeks run from Saturday- Friday and we are unable to change this.   

Deaths in NHS Trusts² – 613 (1 new).

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