COVID-19 update: 18th September 2020




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Key messages

  • ATTENTION: Thank you to everyone already helping with spreading the covid-19 preventative messages.
  • As well as continuing to share content from our social media channels Twitter: @GlosCC, the Gloucestershire County Council Facebook page and Instagram: gloucestershirecc, we are now loading the images, gifs and other materials we produce onto our Flickr account so you can easily access them and share with others you know can help us spread the messages.
  • Covid-19: Get tested!
  • Social gatherings of more than six people are now illegal in England. The law change bans larger groups meeting anywhere socially indoors or outdoors, but does not apply to schools, workplaces or Covid-secure weddings, funerals and organised team sports. 
  • There are ongoing issues around testing capacity. It is essential residents book a slot before arriving to a testing site. Residents are reminded to only book a test if they have symptoms.
  • On Monday 21 September we will mark our first ever ‘Gloucestershire Day’ - an opportunity to publicly thank those who have gone above and beyond their normal duty during the Covid-19 pandemic, and a time to celebrate everything that is great about our county
  • More libraries to reopen their doors


Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) locations⁶:

  • Tewkesbury RFC, Gander Lane, Tewkesbury (22, 23 & 25 September)
  • Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester (19 - 21 September)
  • University Of Gloucestershire, Entrance 3, Park Campus, The Park, Cheltenham (19 & 21 September)
  • Cinderford RFC, Dockham Rd, Cinderford (21 September)
  • Dursley Rugby Club, Hounds Green, Dursley (23 - 25 September)

National headlines

For all coronavirus guidance, please visit:

18 September 2020

Gloucestershire Covid-19 stats

Link to graph showing daily cases by local authority

Total Confirmed Cases¹ - 2,125 (66 new)

Cheltenham - 497 (17 new)

Cotswold - 238 (7 new)

Forest of Dean - 186 (9 new)

Gloucester - 600 (12 new)

Stroud - 312 (15 new)

Tewkesbury - 292 (6 new)

Deaths in NHS Trusts² - 230 (0 new)

Deaths in all settings that occurred up to 4 September but were registered up to 12 September³ - 585 (0 new)

Deaths in care homes⁴ - 262 (1 new)

Key links

National Guidance 

General NHS advice

Latest advice and developments from Gloucestershire NHS 

Gloucestershire's Community Help Hub

Council service updates

Make an adult social care referral 

Business advice and support

Looking after your wellbeing

Support for children and families during Covid-19


Your questions answered

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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 Care homes vary in size and in the characteristics of their residents. Outbreak data is also being reported publicly here: The figures here are slightly lower than our local figures due to a time lag. The number of cases (confirmed or suspected) has not been reported due to limitations in data accuracy which means comparison is not possible. This information is being used for operational purposes. As testing in care homes increases we will review whether adding this information will add additional strategic insight.

⁵ 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.

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.



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