COVID-19 update: 27th August 2021

COVID-19 update 27 August 2021





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Key messages

  • Make staying safe part of your bank holiday plans. With cases of Covid continuing to rise in our county make sure that you have all the essentials for a safe summer bank holiday. Get out in the fresh air or let fresh air indoors if meeting others; take regular rapid tests; and if you haven't already - get vaccinated! Find out more about how you can protect yourself and others.
  • If you are 16 or 17 years old get your first Covid vaccination. If you have already been invited for your jab please follow the instructions to book an appointment or look out for opportunities to attend a local drop-in clinic. Vaccination centres continue to offer first and second dose vaccinations to everyone over 16 years old.
  • Long Covid – a message from young people to young people. In a new series of NHS videos, three previously fit and health young people have shared their stories of suffering debilitating long Covid symptoms in a bid to urge young people to get double jabbed.
  • By law, anyone working or entering a care home (other than family, friends and essential care givers) must have had both doses of the Covid vaccination by 11 November. To meet this deadline they must have booked and received their first dose by September 16 2021. This will allow for the second jab in time for when the regulations come into force. Read the Government guidance in full.
  • Get more from your PCR test. It is still a legal requirement for people who have symptoms of COVID-19 to self-isolate and book a PCR test.
  • Now, everyone aged 18 years and older can have a free antibody test. Antibody test help to improve our understanding of immunity against COVID-19 from vaccination and infection. You can opt in for antibody testing when If your PCR test result is positive you may be selected for antibody testing. Read more.
  • Although no longer a legal requirement, face coverings, social distancing and regular handwashing remain effective ways to help reduce the risk of spreading Covid.


In the preceding 30 days of reporting (25 July - 24 August) under our local pillar 2* testing sites 242,174 tests have been undertaken in Gloucestershire residents, 3.97 % of these were positive.

Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) locations⁶

  • Car Park off Newerne Street, Lydney, GL15 5RA (Friday and Wednesday-Thursday)
  • Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 6JS (Friday-Saturday and Monday-Thursday)
  • Car Park, Oldends Lane, Stonehouse, GL10 2DG (Friday-Sunday)
  • Lower Lode Depot, Lower Lode Lane, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT (Friday-Thursday)
  • Hartpury University & Hartpury College, Gloucester, GL19 3BE (Saturday and Sunday)
  • University Of Gloucestershire, Entrance 3, Park Campus, The Park, Cheltenham, GL50 2RH (Saturday-Sunday)
  • Cinderford  RFC, Dockham Rd, Cinderford GL14 2AQ (Monday-Tuesday)
  • Dursley Rugby Club, Hounds Green, Dursley GL11 6AJ (Monday-Tuesday)
  • North RFC, Stoke Orchard Road, Bishops Cleeve, GL52 7DG (Tuesday-Wednesday)
  • Stow RFC, Oddington Road, Stow on the Wold, GL54 1JJ (Wednesday)

Permanent Testing Site Locations 

PCR Testing Sites

Gloucester RTS

Hempsted Meadows, David Hook Way, Gloucester, GL2 5LE

Cheltenham LTS

High Street Car Park, Cheltenham, GL50 4AL Stroud LTS

Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Stratford Road, Stroud, GL5 4AF

You can book a test here for one of these sites if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.

Assisted Testing in Pharmacies (LFD)

You can see which pharmacies you can take a rapid test at if you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms here.

LFD Home Test Collection

Anyone can collect LFD kits for use at home from any of the locations listed here including some pharmacies and local libraries.

LFD Home Test Delivery                    

If you cannot get tested at your workplace or are unable to go to a test site or collect test kits, you can order a test kit to your home here.


In the last 7 days, there has been 1 confirmed⁷ outbreak in high risk settings in Gloucestershire.


Gloucestershire COVID-19 stats


Link to graph showing daily cases by local authority (Please open in Google Chrome)


In week 34 (Monday 16th August - Sunday 22nd August) there were 2,308 confirmed cases of COVID19.  

Of these  cases:

  • 492 were in Gloucester
  • 480 were in Cheltenham
  • 480 were in Stroud
  • 302 were in Tewkesbury
  • 283 were in Cotswold
  • 271 were in Forest of Dean

* Please note these figures are provisional and subject to change. (Source: as at 16:00 25/08/2021)

The rate of cases in the last 7 days per 100,000 is 364.0 in Gloucestershire, 484.5 in the South West, and 326.6 in England9.

Deaths mentioning COVID19

In week 32 (Saturday 7th August – Friday 13th August) there was 1 death mentioning “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)”, which is 1.1% of all deaths, this compares with 3 (2.4% of all deaths) in Week 31.

*Please note these figures are based on all deaths registered by the 21st  August they are provisional and will be subject to change.  They include deaths that make any mention of COVID-19 on the death certificate. (Source: Weekly provisional figures on deaths occurring and registered in England and Wales by Local Authority)

Please note the dates above, the ONS weeks run from Saturday- Friday and we are unable to change this.     

Deaths in NHS Trusts² - 622 (3 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


National updates

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 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.

⁵ Pillar 2 swab testing is available for the wider population, as set out in government guidance. It does not include inpatients and frontline healthcare workers.

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.

⁷ Confirmed – this means a laboratory confirmed case of Covid19 from that setting. Suspected – this means there has been someone reporting Covid19 symptoms (new continuous cough or high temperature or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)) from the setting and swab result is awaited. Outbreak - An outbreak is where two or more persons with the confirmed or suspected COVID-19 who are linked through common exposure, personal characteristics, time or location. Incident - An incident is any event involving COVID-19 which presents a real or possible risk to the health of the public and requires urgent investigation and management.

8 High risk settings are places where individuals live in close proximity to each other or are particularly vulnerable. These include care homes, supported living, student accommodation, homeless accommodation and schools. This would not include single cases in hospital settings.

Specimen date range used is 4 days before today and includes the preceding 7 days. This is due to the time it takes for a specimen to be taken, processed and notified (average 4 days) 



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