*The number of people who have died at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust having tested positive for covid-19 has risen according to the latest figures.


Public Health England has revealed 7 more people have sadly died at the Trusts hospitals, which runs the Royal Stoke University Hospital and Stafford’s County Hospital. The total number of deaths recorded is now 190.


This number has increased significantly from earlier this week, as it now takes into account deaths outside of hospitals.


1697 people have now tested positive for corona virus in Staffordshire.




*While everyone is being told to stay at home, it can be hard to know what to do if you’re unwell.


The NHS in Staffordshire and Public Health England are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. They have put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff, while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

For help from a GP – use your GP surgery’s website, use an online service or app, or call the surgery.

For urgent medical help – use the NHS 111 online service or call 111 if you’re unable to get help online.

For life-threatening emergencies – call 999 for an ambulance.

If you’re advised to go to hospital, it’s important to go.



*The Neighbourhood Policing Team are reminding people that they should stay local to exercise.

It is acceptable to stop briefly if someone has been exercising vigorously enough to need a rest, but it is not permissible to sunbathe or barbecue.


Chief Inspector Becky Hyde said,


“The vast majority of people are being really supportive and following social distancing rules and I am thankful to them. However, there have been some reports where people appear to be ignoring the rules and being inconsiderate to others.


We all recognise that this is a difficult time, but it is truly a community effort and each one of us has a vital part to play in preventing the spread of Covid-19.”


* it has been announced that staff at Stafford’s Gatehouse Theatre have been furloughed due to coronavirus.


Unfortunately, due to covid-19 the Gatehouse Theatre is fully closed until further notice and the staff have been placed on furlough. Without the staff and the venue being open, they are unable to provide refunds, credits or details on shows that have been rebooked.


Their emails are not being monitored and phones are not manned at all.


They say they will contact all affected customers as soon as their team are back to work, and the theatre can re-open.


*Finally, today is Staffordshire Day.


This year, the programme is online-only, so it will take place on social media and the Enjoy Staffordshire website.


There’s a host of activities to recognise our pride in our county, promoting our resilience, kindness, and community spirit.


Full details of the Staffordshire Day programme can be found at, www.enjoystaffordshire.com/staffordshireday


Don’t forget there’s more local news on our website at www.stafford.fm