Coronavirus outbreak affects caravan park in Shropshire, as 21 residents are diagnosed with the disease
In a coronavirus outbreak in a Shropshire caravan park, nearly two dozen residents have been affected by the life-threatening disease.
Twenty-one new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed from 41 people tested at the site in the town of Craven Arms.
But council bosses fear that the number of coronavirus cases will continue to rise before measures to combat infection take effect.
Officials say the risk to the public is “low” as long as people adhere to the Coronavirus guidelines, which include social distance and regular hand washing.
Twenty-one new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed out of 41 people tested at the site, in the town of Craven Arms, Shropshire
A test center has now been set up in the nearby Craven Arms Business Park. A playground close to the caravan park (photo) is also closed to reduce social contact and the risk of handover
The site has not been named and is only described as ‘near Craven Arms’ – a town of 3,000 inhabitants.
There are several locations in the area that offer caravan pitches in addition to tents.
The tests started last week after three positive cases were confirmed on site on July 24.
Anyone who has tested positive has been told to insulate in their caravan for at least seven days without going outside.
It led to the discovery of another 18 cases. It is currently unclear whether these people showed symptoms.
Are there cases in England?
Office for National Statistics estimates that daily infections have risen from 1,700 to 2,800 in seven days.
It would bring the current total of new business per week to 22,400.
The data, based on population testing, suggests that one in 2,000 people across the country wore Covid-19 in the most recent week through July 19 – a total of 27,700 people or 0.05 percent of the population.
This figure is up from the estimated 0.04 percent (24,000) infected last week and the estimated 0.04 percent (14,000) the week before.
The ONS no longer says the crisis is growing because all three estimates are based on complex trend models and fall within a possible range. But statisticians behind the report say the week-on-week increases indicate that the epidemic’s decline has at least “leveled off.”
US estimates how many infections there are in total, and not just through testing. The organization collects data from swab tests that are regularly sent to people’s homes to test whether they are currently infected with the virus. The people have been chosen to be representative of the British people.
US data is considered some of the most accurate available – this week’s update was based on results from 114,674 smears taken over six weeks, 45 of which were positive. The results do not include nursing homes.
Covid-19 cases based on testing have also risen.
On Sunday, 747 new cases were announced by the Department of Health, bringing the seven-day moving average to 663 – up seven percent from the previous Sunday.
Meanwhile, SAGE warned on Friday that the R rate of the virus – the average number of people infecting each coronavirus patient – has risen to 0.7 to 1 or 0.8, and one has been lifted in all regions of England for the first time since the block . The R should stay below 1 to prevent future outbreaks from getting out of hand.
It doesn’t necessarily mean that England is on the brink of a new crisis, as scientists say that when the number of cases is as low as they are, the R becomes more volatile and small clusters can increase speed.
Rachel Robinson, director of public health for the Shropshire Council, said the cases were related to an outbreak in the nearby Welsh town of Welshpool, which is only 25 miles (40 km) away.
Health officials from the Powys Teaching Health Board said on July 24 that they were aware of “a number of cases of coronavirus in the Welshpool area.”
Social media posts indicated that the business involved a group of people who lived with Leighton Arches, a traveler site, Local media reported.
Ms. Robinson said outbreaks of Covid-19 are “not uncommon” if the coronavirus crisis subsides.
“We expect to see cases in the community at this stage of a pandemic and see outbreaks,” she said.
She added that while the risk to the general public is “low,” everyone should continue to follow government guidelines.
A test center has now been set up on a nearby business park and a test has been offered to everyone who lives on the site.
The center will be open between 10:30 AM and 3:30 PM for the next two weeks, and those who live nearby can book a test online through NHS Test and Trace or by calling 119.
A playground close to the caravan park is also closed to help reduce social contact and the risk of handover.
It follows official figures that suggest cases of the coronavirus emerge.
It is estimated that around 1,000 people in England contract the disease every day, compared to last week.
Data from the Office for National Statistics based on population studies predicts that the number of daily infections rose from 1,700 to 2,800 in seven days, to a total of 22,400 new cases per week.
The 21 people who tested positive for coronavirus at the caravan site were asked to isolate themselves for at least seven days from when they started showing symptoms or from when they received their positive test result.
Everyone on the site has been told to isolate themselves for 14 days if they have been in contact with a positive cause.
Shropshire Council said staff had been on site to provide residents with information on how to prevent the spread of the virus, its symptoms and what to do if they feel unwell.
It said it had distributed personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer, cleaning products and other supplies to residents.
A playground and outdoor gym on nearby Newington Way is temporarily closed to curb transfer.
The council said it had arranged for the delivery of essential supplies, such as medicines, to residents, and the group that lives there has worked with health professionals.
Councilor David Evans said, “Our priority is to protect the health and wellbeing of our neighbors.
“I’ve been to Craven Arms to talk to residents and businesses to answer questions and reassure them that the risk to the general public is low.”
He added, “I would like to thank community members for their own continued support and cooperation.
“We continue to trust that everyone at the site plays a role and we want to encourage residents to continue to isolate themselves and take all necessary precautions.
“Only in this way can we help stop the spread of the virus.”