Nineteen residents and staff have tested positive for coronavirus at a Shropshire care home.
Shropshire Council said it was working with Public Health England to help prevent the spread of coronavirus at the unnamed care home in Whitchurch.
Rachel Robinson, Shropshire’s director of public health, said: “Local outbreaks in care home settings are not unexpected during a pandemic and we have seen cases across the county. Our priority is to stop the spread of infection and protect the health and wellbeing of all residents in our community.
“I would like to reassure Shropshire residents that the risk to the wider community is very low. We have recently asked all care homes in Shropshire to suspend all non-essential visits, apart from exceptional circumstances such as end of life care.
“Shropshire Council, along with Public Health England have responded quickly to the outbreak and we continue to support all those that have been affected.
“We are asking everyone in Shropshire to do their bit to help stop the spread of the virus.”
The council said testing for staff and residents had been arranged immediately following the discovery of COVID-19 symptoms at the care home. Staff testing positive have been asked to self-isolate for 10 days in line with government guidance. Residents are being supported to self-isolate in their accommodation.
Shropshire Council said it understood the home had followed Government advice and guidelines and had been quick to put measures in place and undertake all necessary health and safety steps to prevent further transmission.
The outbreak comes after the UK’s largest care home providers revealed rising numbers of infections this week.