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Stroud Coronavirus Community Response statement on offer of COVID-19 vaccination to 12-15 year olds

Last month, the offer of Covid-19 vaccinations began to be rolled out universally to young people aged 12-15 in Gloucestershire and around the country. As throughout the pandemic, this rollout has been accompanied by considerable disinformation and attempts to mislead. In this statement we want to signpost to credible sources of information, and encourage members of our community to be careful when considering information shared on this topic.

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Many negative PCR test results in the South West, 8th Sept – 12th Oct, may have been inaccurate

Summary: Between 8th Sept and 12th October, an estimated 400,000 people, mostly in the South West, have been affected by possibly inaccurate PCR results – perhaps 43,000 people have been falsely told they were negative, and to stop isolating, when they were likely infected. This will include very nearly all of those who tested positive on a Lateral Flow Device. The issues with PCR testing should now have been resolved – some people (tested between 3rd and 12th October) are being asked to isolate and take another PCR.
We are updating this page as we get better information – this is clearly now a national media story. We have kept older information in the page below as a record.

If you’ve got a positive LFT and are either ill or have been in contact with other people who have tested positive (inc. on LFT), it’s likely it is Covid. It’s good to stay home and avoid passing on other illness, even if what you have isn’t Covid-19! If a school or other setting is telling you to attend but you don’t think it makes sense (ie, if you’ve had a negative PCR but have symptoms or are a contact of a case and have a positive LFT), contact the Glos County Council team via Healthprotection@gloucestershire.gov.uk (two examples of updated local secondary school advice below)

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Statement re: July 19th changes and rising local infections

The government made announcements on Monday about the removal of restrictions related to the pandemic on 19th July. At the same time, the number of people testing positive is rising very rapidly both nationally and locally. Locally – there are roughly the same number of people with the virus as at the peak in the Winter, and there are still people at risk. Please continue to act responsibly – at the end of this post are reminders of how we can reduce the chances of catching or passing on the virus, and the latest information on vaccinations.

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One year of SCCR

The Stroud Coronavirus Community Response group started a year ago, when some individuals who were concerned about the looming pandemic formed a Facebook group. A year on, the Facebook group has over 5,350 members and includes over 3,250 posts and over 25,000 comments.

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Urgent: vaccination for group 2 social care workers

The text of a letter sent to Councillor Mark Hawthorne (Leader of Gloucestershire County Council), Katie Hopgood, Consultant in Public Health at Gloucestershire County Council, and the six Gloucestershire MPs (and copied to other interested parties who we have previously been in contact with regarding the issue).

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Letter to the SNJ Editor, on misinformation

Tuesday 5th May, 2020 Dear Editor, As the team behind the Stroud Coronavirus Community Response, we are concerned about misinformation being spread about the coronavirus pandemic – including locally. This was highlighted in the Stroud News and Journal article on the poster in the Beacon, but there is also a wave of social media content […]