Update on the work continuing to contain coronavirus outbreak at caravan site in Craven Arms

Shropshire Council and partners continue to work with residents at a caravan site in Craven Arms, and the wider community, to contain a coronavirus outbreak at the site.

On Saturday 25 July Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, provided an video update on the situation: you can view this here.

As of Sunday 26 July 2020, 21 positive cases on the site have been confirmed. Offers of testing to all residents at the site continue, as we expect to see the number of positive cases rise in the coming days, before infection control measures and social distancing start to take effect.

All residents on the caravan site have been asked to self-isolate with members of their households for 14 days following contact with a positive case. 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.

Those residents who had tested positive for coronavirus were asked to self-isolate for a minimum 7 days from the time they started showing symptoms or from when they took their test.  If those who have been in self-isolation for the minimum 7 days are now well enough, they can finish self-isolation and leave their home. This means that initial positive cases may finish isolation this coming week.

Local test site set up

To help prevent further transmission into the wider community, a test site has now been established in Craven Arms for local residents.

The test site at Craven Arms Business Park was set up on Saturday 25 July and will be open for the next two weeks every day from 10.30am to 3.30pm.  Testing is by appointment only, and Craven Arms residents are being asked to book an appointment via NHS Test and Trace online or by ringing 119.

Who can get a test?

You can get a test

  • for yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now (a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • for someone you live with, if they have symptoms
  • have been told to have a test before you go into hospital, for example, for surgery.

Health protection

Shropshire Council and partners continue to provide health protection, advice, support and guidance to the residents on the site and the wider community in Craven Arms. As soon as the council were notified of the first cases, it arranged immediate testing with residents from the site to allow us to understand transmission and help control the spread of infection. Since the start of the outbreak a comprehensive range of measures have been put place, some of which include:

  • Asking all residents 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.
  • Testing of residents on the site, with daily monitoring of symptoms
  • Distribution of PPE equipment, hand sanitisers and cleaning products to residents on the site
  • Safely providing essential services and supplies
  • Providing residents with information on how to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, what symptoms to look for, and what to if they are feeling unwell, with signposting to other support.

As of Sunday 26 July 2020:

  • To date 41 people have been tested on the site and all contact tracing is being undertaken.
  • Essential items including fuel have been delivered to the site
  • We have set up a test site for all residents in Craven Arms
  • We have temporarily closed the playground and outdoor gym on Newington Way to help reduce social contact and transmission
  • We are responding to community enquiries, and issuing information and advice.
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