COVID-19 update: 10th September 2021

COVID-19 update 10 September 2021





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Key messages

  • It's back to school time Secondary school pupils should continue with regular rapid testing. Students aged 16 and 17 are encouraged to take up the offer of the vaccine either via their GP or by visiting a drop-in clinics. Ventilation and handwashing remain key More information on going back to school can be found on the Government website.
  • There are still opportunities for anyone aged 16 years and over to take up the offer of a first or second jab. You can book an appointment via your GP surgery or find a local drop-in clinic at a time to suit you - choose from one of four this weekend.  If you have already been invited to get the jab via your GP simply follow the instructions to book an appointment
  • Everyone working in a care home must have booked and have received their first dose by 16 September 2021 This will allow for the second jab to happen in time for when the regulations to come into force on 11 November. Read the Government guidance in full.
  • The vast majority of pregnant women who become seriously ill with COVID-19 are unvaccinated. So, it’s really important to have both doses of your vaccine to protect you and your baby. To date at least 62,000 pregnant women in the UK have received at least one dose. The COVID-19 vaccine is available to pregnant women at any point during their pregnancy.  Here are five key reasons why you should get the jab
  • Cases are still high in the county –Covid hasn’t gone away. You should continue to take regular rapid tests even if you have been vaccinated. Rapid testing for people with no symptoms can help detect cases of Covid in people who might not even know they have it and could be unknowingly spreading the virus
  • It is still a legal requirement for people who have symptoms of COVID-19 to self-isolate and book a PCR test.
  • Everyone aged 18 years and older can have a free antibody test. Antibody tests help to improve our understanding of immunity against COVID-19 from vaccination and infection. You can opt in for antibody testing when booking your PCR. 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 (9 August - 8 September) under our local pillar 2* testing sites 284,533 tests have been undertaken in Gloucestershire residents, 3.59 % of these were positive.

Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) locations⁶

  • Car Park off Newerne Street, Lydney, GL15 5RA (Friday and Wednesday-Thursday)
  • Car Park, Oldends Lane, Stonehouse, GL10 2DG (Friday-Sunday)
  • Lower Lode Depot, Lower Lode Lane, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT (Friday-Monday, Wednesday -Thursday)
  • Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 6JS (Friday-Thursday)
  • University Of Gloucestershire, Entrance 3, Park Campus, The Park, Cheltenham, GL50 2RH (Saturday-Sunday)
  • Hartpury University & Hartpury College, Gloucester, GL19 3BE (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)

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 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 36 (Monday 30th August - Sunday 5th September) there were 2,263 confirmed cases of COVID19.  

Of these  cases:

    • 504 were in Stroud
    • 448 were in Gloucester
    • 389 were in Cheltenham
    • 320 were in Forest of Dean
    • 315 were in Cotswold
    • 287 were in Tewkesbury

* Please note these figures are provisional and subject to change. (Source: as at 16:00 08/09/2021)

The rate of cases in the last 7 days per 100,000 is 354.5 in Gloucestershire, 370.3 in the South West, and 334.9 in England9.

Deaths mentioning COVID19

  •  In week 34 (Saturday 21st August – Friday 27th August) there were 2 deaths mentioning “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)”, which is 2.4% of all deaths, this compares with 6 (6.2% of all deaths) in Week 33.

*Please note these figures are based on all deaths registered by the 4th September 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 - 627 (2 new).

In the week ending the 3rd September there were 0 deaths from COVID19 in care homes this was in line with the previous week when the CQC data showed 0 deaths mentioning COVID19.Since the CQC started reporting (10th April 2021) there have been 409 deaths from COVID19 in care homes in Gloucestershire.

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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