Shropshire Council

Covid 19 outbreak - Craven Arms

Updated: Tuesday 11 August

What is the latest situation?

  • We have responded to an outbreak of Covid 19 at the Long Lane caravan site in Craven Arms
  • Testing for residents was arranged immediately following two positive cases identified at the site
  • All residents at the Long Lane site have now finished their period of self-isolation and are free of infection.
  • Since 25 July, testing has been available for all Craven Arms residents, regardless of whether they have symptoms.
  • As at Monday 10 August, nearly 400 people in the wider Craven Arms community have taken up the offer of testing, and no additional positive cases have been identified.
  • Community testing is still available for residents in the Craven Arms area.

What measures have been put in place to mitigate the spread of coronavirus at the site?

A range of health protection measures were put place from the start of the outbreak including:

  • Residents on the site were initially asked to self-isolate for 14 days as the site was being treated as a bubble, due to residents on the site being treated as close contacts so that contact tracing could be fully undertaken.    
  • Those residents who had tested positive for coronavirus were asked to self-isolate for a minimum seven days from the time they started showing symptoms, or from when they took their test.
  • In line with government guidance, anyone who now tests positive or displays symptoms will now have to isolate for a minimum of ten days. If those who have been in self-isolation for the minimum ten days are now well enough, they can finish self-isolation and leave their home.
  • Residents at the site were given essential supplies.
  • NHS Test and Tracing has been in place.
  • A dedicating testing site for local residents.

I live in Craven Arms, should I be worried?

The risk remains low, but residents still need to follow coronavirus guidance and prevention methods set out by the UK government. 

As a special additional measure, if you are a resident of Craven Arms, and regardless of whether you have symptoms, you can still apply for a test via NHS Test and Trace online or by calling 119. Please note all tests must be booked in advance.

I live in the area and I am displaying symptoms, what should I do?

Anyone who has a fever, persistent dry cough, or loss or change in their sense of taste or smell should self-isolate for 14 days and arrange a test. Testing services are available across Shropshire, and locally in Craven Arms. Anyone who has symptoms should book online or through 119. If you can’t travel to a testing centre, you can get a home test here.

A test site is open daily between 10:30am and 3:30pm at:

Shropshire Council highways depot, 16 Stokewood Road, Craven Arms Business Park, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 8NR. 

Drop in sessions have also taken place in Craven Arms.

Why should I get tested?

Getting tested will help us identify cases and act swiftly to manage any further outbreaks. This is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community.

What you can do

  • Help us spread the word with your family, in your community or in your business, including to socially distance, wash hands and wear facemasks in shops.
  • Make sure you and the people you know are aware of the guidance and stick to it.
  • Now is not the time to let our guard down.
  • Think about how scared those who have it must be, and remain calm, and kind.

What do people need to do? Stick to the rules

  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap.
  • Keep your distance – 2m where you can.
  • Work from home where you can and stay at home as much as possible.
  • Limit contact with people from outside your household.
  • If you have symptoms – self isolate (try and limit contact even at home) and book a test.
  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
  • If contacted by the Test & Trace service, self-isolate for 14 days if asked to do so – even if you have no symptoms stay at home as much as possible.
  • Wear face coverings on public transport and when going to the shops and supermarkets, and in other close settings where possible.
  • Only socialise indoors with members of up to two households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household) - this includes when dining out or going to the pub.
  • Only socialise outdoors in a group of up to six people from different households, or in larger groups if everyone is exclusively from one or two households.

What about face coverings?

You can find out more elsewhere on our coronavirus pages. Information is also available in other languages.

For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating), call Shropshire Council’s Covid 19 helpline on 0345 678 9028.