Coronavirus: Additional drop-in testing at Craven Arms this weekend

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Walk-in mobile testing units will be in place in Craven Arms this weekend to make it easier for local people to get tested quickly.

Testing is available for anyone in the Craven Arms area, regardless of whether they have COVID-19 symptoms, without the need for an appointment.

As of today (Thursday 6 August 4pm) no positive cases have been identified in the wider Craven Arms community. We again want to reiterate that the risk of catching coronavirus in the Craven Arms community is low, and encourage everyone to play their part by continuing to follow the Government guidelines to reduce the risk of transmission.

There are now only a small number of individuals at the Long Lane travellers site who are being asked to self-isolate after testing positive. Their period of self-isolation will be completed next week.

The walk-in mobile testing units will be held on Saturday 8 August and Sunday 9 August (10.30am – 3.30pm) at:

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

Strict infection control measures will be in place to ensure the testing units are operated with the highest levels of public health safeguards.

A face covering will need to be worn, and social distancing must be followed at all times.

Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said: “Effective testing for COVID-19 is one of the first lines of defence in reducing infections.

“We are aware that some people have come across issues when trying to book a test through NHS 119. We have contacted NHS with regards to this, and we have decided to offer additional walk-in testing in Craven Arms over the weekend.

“These walk-in mobile testing sites are easy for people to use and there is no need to book an appointment, just turn up. By safely providing tests in accessible locations we are making it far easier for more people to be tested.”

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