Pop up testing site in Ilkeston after four people test postive for Covid-19 after pub visit

An appeal went out for people in Ilkeston to get tested for coronavirus after four people who visited some of the town’s pubs tested positive for the virus.

Monday, 17th August 2020, 10:19 am

A pop-up drive-through coronavirus testing site was put in place in Ilkeston town centre from Friday, August 14, to Monday, August 17.

Dean Wallace, director of Public Health for Derbyshire, urged anyone who lives or socialises in Ilkeston and has coronavirus symptoms to get tested after four people who visited some of the town’s pubs on Friday, July 31, and Saturday, August 1, tested positive for the virus.

Each visited at least one of three pubs centred around the town’s Market Place, The Market Inn, The Observatory (Wetherspoons) and The Harrow, but the longest period was spent in The Market Inn on the Saturday evening.

Four people who visited some of the Ilkeston's pubs tested positive for Covid-19

Steps had been taken by all three venues to restrict the number of customers in the building at any one time, collect customer contact details and carry out additional cleaning.

But when Public Health England staff began to look at the contact details for customers who visited The Market Inn, it became clear that despite the best efforts of the landlord, a significant number of customers had left incomplete or illegible details making contact tracing almost impossible.

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms, no matter how mild, should book an appointment online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

Mr Wallace said: “It’s so important that anyone showing coronavirus symptoms, even if they’re mild, does the right thing and gets tested to help stop the spread of the virus.

“You should only stop isolating when you get your test result but only if that result is negative.

“This incident just goes to show the importance of social distancing when you’re out and about as keeping two metres away from anyone outside your household really reduces the risk of the virus spreading.

“It also shows it’s essential that anyone visiting pubs, cafes, restaurants and other outlets gives accurate contact details so that they can be traced if anyone on the premises at the time they were present tests positive for the virus.

“We all need to play our part if we are to beat this pandemic.”

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