COVID-19 update: 15th October 2021

COVID-19 update 15 October 2021





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Key messages

  • With the Autumn and Winter months approaching, it is important that we take steps to protect ourselves from catching and spreading COVID-19 as well as other seasonal viruses.
  • Vaccines are the best protection we have against viruses like flu and COVID-19. People are being urged to come forward for their seasonal vaccinations as soon as they are invited to ensure they are protected
  • GPs and community NHS teams across Gloucestershire are offering COVID-19 boosters and flu vaccines to people who are most at risk of getting very ill this winter or those who work with our most vulnerable residents. Find out if you are eligible.
  • The bulk of COVID boosters and flu vaccinations continue to be provided by appointment through the 11 GP-led community vaccination centres and some GP practices across the county. Local GP services will be in touch if they haven’t already.
  • People also have the choice to arrange their flu vaccination with their local pharmacy or use the National Booking System (NBS) website or phone number to book their COVID-19 booster at one of six community pharmacies around the county.
  • Adults can have their COVID booster and flu vaccination at the same time, subject to supplies. However, if you’re not yet eligible for a COVID booster (i.e. your second dose was less than six months ago) it’s really important not to delay getting your flu vaccine
  • Anyone who is eligible but hasn’t yet had their first or second dose can still take up the offer -  just follow the instructions in your original invitation from local GP services, use the national booking system (NBS) to get an appointment at a community pharmacy or look out for drop-in clinics. Check what is available is to visit the Gloucestershire CCG website.
  • The roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination to 12-15 years old continues. Eligible children and young people will be offered a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Getting the vaccine will help keep their lives moving supporting mental health and wellbeing.
  • As well as getting vaccinated, there are other simple steps we can all take to help slow the spread of viruses.
    • Let fresh air in. Viruses spread more quickly when we’re all gathered together inside - opening windows, even just for ten minutes or short bursts regularly, can make a real difference;
    • Wear face coverings when in enclosed spaces, like on public transport;
    • Wash hands regularly – a simple step that can help prevent the spread of any virus or infection;
    • Stay at home if you feel unwell, to avoid passing it on to someone else; and
    • Get the NHS COVID-19 app – the app remains a key tool in reducing the spread of Covid


  • If you have any of the main Covid symptoms get a PCR test and isolate if you test positive.


In the preceding 30 days of reporting (12 September - 12 October) under our local pillar 2* testing sites 319,341 tests have been undertaken in Gloucestershire residents, 1.78 % of these were positive. 

Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) locations⁶

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

Permanent Testing Site Locations 

PCR Testing Sites

Gloucester RTS

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

Cheltenham LTS

Coronation Square, Edinburgh Place, Cheltenham, GL51 7RG 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.

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.


In the last 7 days, there has been 6 confirmed⁷ outbreaks 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 41 (Monday 4th October- Sunday 10th October) there were 980 confirmed cases of COVID19.  

Of these  cases:

  • 201 were in Stroud
  • 153 were in Gloucester
  • 92 were in Tewkesbury
  • 200 were in Forest of Dean
  • 168 were in Cheltenham
  • 166 were in Cotswold

* Please note these figures are provisional and subject to change. (Source: as at 16:00 13/10/2021)

The rate of cases in the last 7 days per 100,000 is 150.2 in Gloucestershire, 308.5 in the South West, and 373.2 in England9.

Deaths mentioning COVID19

  •  In week 39 (Saturday 25th September – Friday 1st October) there was 1 deaths mentioning “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)”, which is 1.2% of all deaths, this compares with 4 (3.8% of all deaths) in Week 38.

*Please note these figures are based on all deaths registered by the 9th  October 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 - 639 (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


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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