More than 1,000 people tested for coronavirus after outbreak at bingo night

Thousands of people have been tested for Covid-19 following an outbreak linked to a bingo night in Staffordshire.

At the moment there are 16 known cases connected to the event at Silverdale Working Men’s Club on August 16, according to Staffordshire County Council.

Those who tested positive are being told to self-isolate and their contacts are currently being traced.

The council has also urged anyone who visited certain venues in Silverdale or Newcastle on specific dates to get tested as soon as possible.

There are 11 other locations being linked to a Covid-19 outbreak in Staffordshire, including the Arnold Machin Wetherspoon pub, on Ironmarket, Newcastle.

Dr Richard Harling, director of health and care, said: ‘What we are seeing from test and trace activity is a widening network from the original bingo event as people met with friends and family and went out socialising.

‘More than 1,000 people have already been tested, but we need everyone who was at any of the venues on the given dates to get tested.

‘This is vital in our work to identify people who may have the virus and help contain the spread of infection even further.’

Staffordshire County Council said testing continues over the bank holiday, with appointments available online or by turning up at a mobile testing unit in Knutton or walk-through centre in Newcastle.

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

The 12 venues being linked to a Covid-19 outbreak in Staffordshire are:

– Silverdale Working Men’s Club between August 16 and 21

– The Bush pub between August 20 and 22

– The Vine pub between August 20 and 23

– The George and Dragon pub between August 20 and 22

– Newcastle (King Street) Working Men’s Club on August 22

– The Kiln on August 22

– The Crown on August 22

– Yates in Newcastle on August 22

– The Roebuck pub on August 23

– The Bilash restaurant on August 24

– The Arnold Machin between August 26 and 27

– The Westbury Tavern in Clayton between August 26 and 27

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