Following more positive COVID-19 cases in the Carlisle area, people who attended three local pubs earlier this month are being urged to get tested, even if they do not have symptoms.
Local contact tracers have established links between a group of people who visited the pubs as well as attending a local house party and who have since tested positive.
A total of six people associated with this group have tested positive and their contacts are now being actively traced and provided with advice.
As a precaution anyone attending the three pubs on specific dates is now being advised to get tested for COVID-19. They are:
- The Turf, Carlisle – Thursday 9 July, Friday 10 July and Sunday 12 July
- Lloyds Bar, Carlisle – Saturday 11 July
- The Museum, Carlisle – Monday 13 July
Testing is available in Carlisle at Brunton Park from Monday to Wednesday and in Penrith at the Rugby Club 7 days a week. People can book a test in at: https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test
Testing is also available in Annan and Gretna, book via:
People can find more information about testing locations here: https://northcumbriaccg.nhs.uk/covidtesting
Colin Cox, Cumbria’s Director of Public Health, said: “This was always the risk as lockdown restrictions eased. We now have a situation where the virus has been passing between people in the community and this is something we do not want. To keep our communities safe we need people to take this seriously and follow the guidance.
“People may think that six positive cases is not many, but once you start to map out who those six have been in contact with, then the number of potential contacts rapidly increases. To help us get on top of the situation we’re asking people who were at these pubs to get tested, and if they are positive then to get in touch with the local Cumbria County Council COVID-19 call centre on 0800 783 1968 so they can ensure people get the advice they need and their contacts can be traced.
“Outbreaks like this are going to happen if people don’t take the right precautions. Only by the public following the Public Health advice will we keep the virus in check.”
The key public health messages remain:
- Wash or sanitise hands regularly
- Observe social distancing rules
- Wear face masks or coverings in enclosed public spaces
- If you have symptoms, self-isolate and get tested
- Follow advice to self-isolate if asked