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Customer who dined at Crawley pub where staff tested positive confirms she has also tested positive for COVID-19



A customer who dined at a Crawley pub which has since has to temporarily close after staff test positive for COVID-19 has confirmed that she too has now tested positive.

The girls mother has spoken out as her daughter received the results this morning.

Joannes daughter, twenty three, who has asked to remain anonymous, dined with a friend at The Downsman pub in Southgate last Thursday (16th July).

Joanne said that after her daughter started reading speculation around the pub on social media she tried to contact them about whether it was true as she had visited the premises for a meal and whether she would be contacted through track and trace.

According to her mother, she received nothing back from the pub and when a statement finally was posted it sparked a worry that made her go to get a test.

“She was due to go visit her father and grandparents in the north of england later this week and as they are elderly she wanted to make sure she was safe to do so,” says Joanne.

“But after taking the test and sending it off earlier this week she has now received back the results which confirmed she has tested positive for COVID-19.”

Joanne says that her daughter has now been suffering with headaches and flu symptoms including a cough and now even she is beginning to feel some symptoms as well.

The family who has lived in Crawley for over twenty years are now having to self isolate themselves as a family which has caused obvious new problems including having to stop work.

There is no evidence to suggest that the daughter caught the virus from the pub, but it does highlight the need for people to remain vigilant as the lockdown restrictions are eased.

Joanne adds:

“What this shows is that there could be many people walking around the town who have no idea they have the virus.”


How safe is my school in Crawley? Education union launches COVID-19 map



The National Education Union, the largest education union in the UK and Europe which represents over 450,000 members has launched a new website that they say provides ‘accurate, accessible and up-to-date information about the Covid-19 rate in the locality of every school in England.’

The site is aimed at people being able to check what the levels of Covid are around the school and whether the school is on a watch list or not.

They say the site is updated weekly, and the data will show the number of Covid-19 cases in a school’s surrounding area, the trend since last week (an increase or decrease in case numbers), whether or not the school is on a watchlist, and links to any local restrictions in place.

They add:

“In much of the country the map will offer reassurance that case numbers are quite low. In others, it will reinforce public health messaging from local authorities and Government that cases are higher. In all situations it will encourage members of the public to follow all public health guidance.

Where cases are higher, it will support head teachers in encouraging parents and other visitors to school sites to maintain social distancing and hygiene.”

Commenting on the launch, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: 

“Everyone in the education sector has worked hard to make full opening of schools, colleges and universities as successful as possible this autumn, but they have been let down by the Government which hasn’t even ensured that Covid testing has kept pace with need.

“But this website will also encourage parents to support our asks of the Government that they help to support safety in our schools and colleges.

“Parents, students and staff also need urgent answers on next year’s exams, and how fit for purpose they will be. This is in light of not only the past summer’s fiasco, but also the disruption of local lockdowns in the months ahead.”

You can check the information around your local school at their new site by clicking here.

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