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COVID-19 Update 20th August 2021

4 weeks ago
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  • As of Monday (16 August), rules on self-isolation have changed. This means that anyone who has been fully vaccinated (received both Covid jabs), does not have to isolate after being in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated, you still need to self-isolate if you are a close contact. However, even if fully vaccinated, you should still isolate if you have tested positive yourself or if you have Covid symptoms.
  • Around 75% of 18-29 year olds in Gloucestershire have had their first Covid jab. Vaccination sites and drop-in clinics continue to offer first and second doses of the Covid vaccine to everyone aged 18 years and over. If you have already been invited for your jab please follow the instructions to book an appointment or look out for opportunities to attend a local drop-in clinic.
  • Test regularly and help keep your loved ones safe this summer. You can access your free rapid test by collecting a kit from a local pharmacy to take home, taking a test on-site at a local pharmacy, ordering a test kit online to use at home or picking up kit from our outreach team. Follow our social media accounts to find out where they are each day. Visit our rapid testing pages to find out more.
  • Meeting up with friends and family outside also helps to prevent the spread of Covid as fresh air helps blow the virus particles away. If you do have visitors to your home, open windows and doors to let the fresh air in.
  • Although no longer a legal requirement, face coverings, social distancing and regular handwashing remain effective ways to help reduce the risk of spreading Covid.


  • In week 33 (Monday 9th August – Sunday 15th August) there were 1,966 confirmed cases of COVID19.

Of these cases:

    • 523 were in Gloucester
    • 410 were in Cheltenham
    • 373 were in Stroud
    • 260 were in Tewkesbury
    • 218 were in Cotswold
    • 182 were in Forest of Dean

The rate of cases in the last 7 days per 100,000 is 302.0 in Gloucestershire, 347.8 in the South West, and 305.7 in England.

In week 31 (Saturday 31  July – Friday 6 August) there was 1 deaths mentioning “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)”, which is 0.9% of all deaths, this compares with 0 (0.0% of all deaths) in Week 30

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