Testing unit closes in Stone as 1,000 turn out to be swabbed after pub outbreak

By Dayna Farrington | Stone | Coronavirus | Published: | Last Updated:

Around 1,000 people turned out to be tested in a Staffordshire town after a coronavirus outbreak was linked to a pub.

People queue to get tested in Stone after an outbreak at a local pub

People in Stone are being urged to continue to stick to the guidance to help prevent a further spread of infection.

The mobile testing unit spent its final day in the town on Sunday and the final test results are expected early this week.

To date, 19 people have tested positive who have links to attending the Crown and Anchor pub themselves between July 16 and 18, or with people who did.

Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council's director of health and care, said: "The gathering that caused the spike is now a few weeks ago, so we are now looking more at incidents where pub-goers may have passed the virus onto a friend or loved one.

“All those who have been in close contact with the 19 confirmed cases are being contacted and if you are one of these people you must stay home for 14 days, even if you feel well or have tested negative for the virus.

“This outbreak shows how quickly the virus can spread when people don’t social distance, so it is important that everyone in Staffordshire follows the guidance to help prevent a second peak in infections here.”

The county council continues to work with Stafford Borough Council and NHS partners to monitor the situation.

Further information about the outbreak and how people can reduce the risk of spreading the virus is available at

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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