People who live and work in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, are urged not to let their guard down and get tested for COVID-19 following a large outbreak in a local school that caused 150 people to test positive to coronavirus.

First published in May 2021.

Derbyshire’s Director for Public Health Dean Wallace is urging people who live and work in Long Eaton not to let their guard down and get tested regularly for COVID-19 following a large outbreak in a school.

More than 150 people with a direct link to Wilsthorpe Academy have indeed tested positive for the virus and a further 17 confirmed cases have been reported at other schools in the area.

Dean Wallace urged local residents and businesses to stick to social distancing and other measures alongside regular testing to get the virus under control in the run-up to Government relaxing current restrictions next week as part of its roadmap out of lockdown:

“The significant outbreak of COVID-19 at Wilsthorpe Academy continues to affect case numbers in the area. As COVID rates across Derbyshire have been relatively low, any increase in numbers can have a large impact on the figures for that area.

The Long Eaton School. | David Lally

“I understand this will cause concern, but I’d like to reassure residents that we continue to work closely with the school and Public Health England to minimise the spread.

“We’re doing everything we can to quickly follow up new positive cases and their close contacts and advise them of the importance of self-isolating to ensure it does not become sustained community transmission.

“There is no evidence at present to suggest this is a new variant or variant of concern, although we continue to monitor the situation closely.

“This outbreak is a timely reminder that COVID hadn’t gone away and that people should continue to follow government guidance to stay apart, wash hands regularly and wear a face covering unless exempt.”

Tests are available for people without symptoms at the Community Testing Centre inside West Park Leisure Centre on Wilsthorpe Road. The centre is open Monday to Friday from 7.45am to 7pm, and Saturdays/Sundays from 7.45am to 4pm. No booking required.

A mobile PCR testing station has also been set up in the car park outside the leisure centre. This drive-through testing station is open 9am to 3pm daily and will be available until at least Monday 17 May. These tests are by appointment only. 

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PMP Local News reporting.