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Latest coronavirus news – cases spike in Shropshire

More collection points to help you home test twice a week

Lateral Flow home tesk kit

We’ve changed the times and places you can now collect your Lateral Flow home test kits to help you test yourself twice a week.

These rapid home testing kits are available for free from many locations around the county, including pharmacies, community buildings, libraries and leisure centres. Find you nearest collection point here 

Using these home tests which gives you a result in around 30 minutes, are an important tool, alongside ‘hands, face, space, vaccinations and fresh air’, in allowing us to move safely forward as we ease out of the third Lockdown. 

COVID-19 cases spike in Shropshire

Coronavirus figures 16 to 22 April 2021

54 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Shropshire between 16-22 April. 

Despite the increase, we continue to have one of the lowest infection rates in the region with 16.7 cases per 100,000, and once again there was zero COVID-19 deaths in our hospitals. 

However, this serves an important reminder that we must all continue to follow the Government guidance, get the vaccine when invited, and use a Lateral Flow Test twice a week – even if you have had the jab. 

Residents affected by Welsh outbreak

So far 21 people from Shropshire who work at a factory in Bala have tested positive for COVID-19 following an outbreak.  

The staff, who live in Oswestry and Ellesmere, and their contacts, have been advised to self-isolate for 10 days. 

It is thought that the number of cases may continue to rise as the programme of screening and testing continues. 

Help and advice in Oswestry

The Community Reassurance Team out in Oswestry

Our Community Reassurance Team have been out and about in Oswestry this week offering help and advice to residents following the news of the new local cases linked to the outbreak. 

The team were on hand to answer any questions, promote safety guidance, hand out rapid Lateral Flow Test kits for use at home, and hand gel. 

Watch the video to find out more about the advice and support the team were offering to Oswestry residents. 

Free vaccination shuttle bus service in Shrewsbury resumes

Free vaccination shuttle bus service in Shrewsbury

A free bus service is now available for residents who are booked to have their vaccination at Shrewsbury Indoor Bowls Centre or Severn Fields Medical Practice. 

VS1 will serve:- 

  • Bayston Hill
  • Meole Brace – Moneybrook Way
  • Abbey Foregate – Shirehall
  • Monkmoor Road 

While VS2 will serve:-

  • Harlescott Park and Ride – York Road
  • Mount Pleasant
  • New Park Road
  • Sultan Road
  • Ditherington Road 

View the timetable here 

Free park and ride into Shrewsbury town centre

Free Park and Ride in Shrewsbury for two weeks from Monday 26 April

Meole Brace and Harlescott park and ride services are back in operation, and travel is free. The last free bus is the last service on 8 May. 

We hope you will make the most of the service and support the town’s businesses as the third Lockdown eases. 

Hospitals reintroduce access for parents of babies at Neonatal Unit

Parents and guardians of babies receiving care on the Neonatal Unit at the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford will be able to spend time with their baby whenever they want after restrictions brought in due to the COVID-19 pandemic were relaxed.

Two parents, or a parent and named guardian, are now able to visit the unit together and have access to the unit at any time, day or night.


Originally published by Shropshire Council