The number of positive cases related to a coronavirus outbreak at the Long Lane travelers' site in Craven Arms is now 25.
The Shropshire Council and Public Health England Midlands continue to work with key partners to stem the outbreak. All residents of the location receive tests. So far, 47 people have been tested.
During the ongoing isolation phase, food and basic care are provided for the residents, whereby several residents have completed their self-isolation phase and can leave the premises.
The Shropshire Council says the risk to the public is low and encourages everyone to do their bit by continuing to follow government guidelines to reduce the risk of transmission.
Testing for residents
As an additional measure, residents of Craven Arms have tests available regardless of whether they have COVID-19 symptoms. A test site in Craven Arms Business Park is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Craven Arms residents can book an appointment online or call 119 at NHS Test and Trace.
A number of test sessions will be offered at two locations this Friday, July 31, without the need for prior booking. In the Craven Arms Business Park (Highways Depot), a transit test center is open from 10.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. A walk-in test is available in the Halo Community Center between 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM.
Rachel Robinson, director of public health for the Shropshire Council, said:
"We are aware that there is a degree of concern in the wider Craven Arms community, so we offer the locals the opportunity to get tested."
“The best way to do this is to contact the NHS. This Friday, however, the participants can take part in the mobile test unit without an appointment.
“A face covering must be worn, and social distancing must also be adhered to on site at all times.
“Wherever a case of COVID-19 is confirmed, close contacts of the case are identified and followed up by test and trace. This includes anyone who may have come into contact with confirmed cases within the local community. "
Understanding and support
Lee Chapman, a local Shropshire Council member for Church Stretton and Craven Arms and chairman of the Shropshire Health and Wellbeing Board, added:
“I cannot praise the local community enough for the understanding and support they have shown during this outbreak. The risk to the Craven Arms community is still very low, and at this time of the pandemic we still expect further outbreaks as the virus continues to spread to local and western communities as well as nationally
"I want to remind everyone that it is important to wash your hands, maintain social distance and wear a face mask to protect others."
David Evans, a local Shropshire city councilor for Church Stretton and Craven Arms, said:
“Craven Arms is still open and we want residents and visitors to enjoy everything our wonderful city has to offer. Our Shropshire Hills are part of an area of exceptional natural beauty and everyone who visits our community is guaranteed a warm welcome.
"We all play an important role in preventing the spread of coronaviruses by always adhering to the social distance guidelines – that is, we stay two meters apart and wash our hands regularly."
“I am pleased that the residents are offered drop-in tests. This not only makes the test easier for people, but also helps the Shropshire Council and Public Health England to gain further insights into the local situation. "