A plea for patience issued by county council

Monday, 22nd February 2021

HEALTH officials in Staffordshire are issuing a plea for residents to remain patient and to keep following all the rules and getting tested regularly.

Cases are falling locally but remain high with the new highly-transmissible South African variant of Covid-19 being identified in Staffordshire.

With a coronavirus update from PM, Boris Johnson expected sometime today (Monday), residents are being asked to remain vigilant and continue sticking to all the lockdown rules in place.

People should also keep getting tested if they need to be out and about during lockdown, especially if they live in Stafford borough or a hotspot area.  

Dr Johnny McMahon Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, said: 

“Cases continue to fall, which is positive news. However, we plead with Staffordshire residents to be patient.

“Everyone, included people who have had the first vaccination, should remain highly vigilant.

“As the weather begins to brighten don’t be tempted to let your guard down, we have all worked hard and made sacrifices, but the risk is still very real. We must stick together, show resolve and not throw all our hard work away now.

“This means sticking to the rules and getting tested if you must leave the house, especially if you work or live in Stafford borough or a hotspot area.

“Of course, we are looking forward to some restrictions being eased but we must not underestimate how quickly things can change, especially with new strains of the virus being identified on our doorstep.”

The latest hotspot areas locally, are: 

  • Amington Ward
  • Belgrave Ward
  • Castle Ward
  • Glascote Ward
  • Stonydelph Ward
  • Fazeley Ward

Staffordshire Residents in these areas are urged to get tested, with tests available at Tamworth Campus, Croft Street, Tamworth, B79 8AE (Monday to Friday) and Wilnecote Parish Hall, 40 Watling St, Two Gates, Wilnecote, Tamworth B77 5AD (Saturday and Sunday).

Here at Tamworth Informed, we want to say a huge thank you to all NHS Staff, Care Workers, Emergency Service Workers, Shop Staff and anyone else helping to keep us safe, healthy, fed, watered or connected to vital services during this difficult of the 3rd National Lockdown. Please stay safe and look after each other.

On 4 January the Prime Minister announced that England was to enter a National Lockdown, meaning that we should all stay at home. 

national Lockdown - stay at home

> You must stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
> You must not leave your home unless necessary.
> Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household or bubble.

Find out more information about COVID-19 on the NHS 111 website here