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Positive Covid-19 cases at Shropshire caravan site

Shropshire Council is working with Public Health England (PHE) Midlands and local NHS organisations in response to recent cases of Covid-19 at a caravan site near Craven Arms.

Testing for residents was arranged immediately following two positive cases identified at the site. There has been good cooperation with the residents on site who have been working with health practitioners to undertake testing.

Currently three positive cases have been confirmed, with all being linked to an outbreak in Welshpool and a recent local event. Testing continues with further cases possible.

All residents on the caravan site have been asked to self-isolate with members of their household, for 14 days. This means that residents of the site are asked to remain in their homes during the period of isolation and stay within household groups, to reduce risk of spread within the site and the wider community.

Residents have been asked to follow the necessary health and safety measures to help prevent further transmission of the virus. Shropshire Council’s Public Health team and partners continue to work with those affected, to provide health protection advice, support and guidance. All partners involved are aware of residents’ concerns and want to reassure that the risk to the general public remains low.

The council’s Community Reassurance Team have been arranging food and essential supplies for residents on the site, whilst residents self-isolate.

A testing site will be available in Craven Arms from Saturday 25 July 2020 for any member of the public who has symptoms. You can make an appointment by calling NHS 119.

Rachel Robinson, Director of Public Health at Shropshire Council said: "Our priority is to protect the health and wellbeing of all residents in our community.

"As soon as we were notified of the first cases, we arranged immediate testing with residents from the site to allow us to understand transmission and help control the spread of infection.

"We continue to support the residents on the site and have advised residents to remain on site during the period of isolation and stay within household groups, to reduce risk of spread within the site and into the wider community.

“Anyone who has a fever, persistent dry cough, or loss or change in their sense of taste or smell should call 119 or go online to arrange a test. Testing services are available across the county but will also be available locally in Craven Arms from this Saturday 25 July. Anyone who has symptoms should book online or through NHS 119.

We will continue to monitor and manage the situation closely."

Steve Gregory, Executive Director of Nursing and Operations at Shropshire Community Health, said: "We responded quickly to the request yesterday to attend the site and performed COVID-19 tests on more than 40 residents. I would like to thank our team for their prompt and professional actions.

"I would also like to reassure the people of Craven Arms that the risk to their own health is low as long as they continue to follow all guidance – wash your hands regularly, observe social distancing. Face coverings are of course mandatory in shops as of today. We must all do everything we can to protect ourselves and each other"

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