16 people catch coronavirus at bingo night in Staffordshire as 1,000 wait for test results

SIXTEEN people have tested positive for coronavirus after a bingo night in Staffordshire.

More than 1,000 people have been tested following the event at Silverdale Working Men’s Club on August 16, Staffordshire County Council said.

Sixteen people have tested positive for coronavirus after a bingo night at Silverdale Working Men’s Club in Staffordshire

Anyone who attended the event is being told to self-isolate, while all contacts of those testing positive are being traced.

Bingo players visited at least seven other venues including pubs in the days following the event.

As part of test and trace efforts, the local council is urging anyone who visited certain venues in Silverdale or Newcastle on specific dates to get tested as soon as possible.

All of the venues listed above have carried out risk assessments and, with measures in place, can continue to open and welcome customers, the council confirmed.

Staffordshire County Council has said that testing will continue over the Bank Holiday.

Appointments are available online or by turning up at a mobile test unit in Knutton or walk-through centre in Newcastle.

As of August 30, Staffordshire county – excluding Stoke-on-Trent has recorded 4,144 coronavirus infections, Stoke Sentinel reports.

Dr Richard Harling, director of health and care, said: “What we are seeing from test and trace activity is a widening network from the original bingo event as people met with friends and family and went out socialising.

“More than 1,000 people have already been tested, but we need everyone who was at any of the venues on the given dates to get tested.

“This is vital in our work to identify people who may have the virus and help contain the spread of infection even further.”