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Customer who dined at Crawley pub where staff tested positive confirms she has also tested positive for COVID-19

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A customer who dined at a Crawley pub which has since has to temporarily close after staff test positive for COVID-19 has confirmed that she too has now tested positive.

The girls mother has spoken out as her daughter received the results this morning.

Joannes daughter, twenty three, who has asked to remain anonymous, dined with a friend at The Downsman pub in Southgate last Thursday (16th July).

Joanne said that after her daughter started reading speculation around the pub on social media she tried to contact them about whether it was true as she had visited the premises for a meal and whether she would be contacted through track and trace.

According to her mother, she received nothing back from the pub and when a statement finally was posted it sparked a worry that made her go to get a test.

“She was due to go visit her father and grandparents in the north of england later this week and as they are elderly she wanted to make sure she was safe to do so,” says Joanne.

“But after taking the test and sending it off earlier this week she has now received back the results which confirmed she has tested positive for COVID-19.”

Joanne says that her daughter has now been suffering with headaches and flu symptoms including a cough and now even she is beginning to feel some symptoms as well.

The family who has lived in Crawley for over twenty years are now having to self isolate themselves as a family which has caused obvious new problems including having to stop work.

There is no evidence to suggest that the daughter caught the virus from the pub, but it does highlight the need for people to remain vigilant as the lockdown restrictions are eased.

Joanne adds:

“What this shows is that there could be many people walking around the town who have no idea they have the virus.”

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Crawley Council confirms 16 cases of COVID-19 with a link to Southgate pub

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Crawley Council has now confirmed that an outbreak of Covid-19 at The Downsman pub in Crawley earlier this week is now being handled by Public Health England who have been organising contact tracing of staff and customers.

They confirm there are now 16 confirmed cases of coronavirus with a link to the pub and say that while this is a relatively small number and may not be the definite source of infection for all these cases, they are asking people to take action to ensure the virus does not spread further.

But some confusion still remains over why a single day, where one person who visited the Downsman and who has subsequently contracted Coronavirus, is exempt from people having to self-isolate. Crawley Council said they were looking into more detail over why this advice had been given to them.


A spokesperson for Crawley Borough Council said:

“If you were in The Downsman pub between 9 and 18 July (excluding the 16July) please self-isolate for 14 days from the date of your last visit.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you must self-isolate and get tested. Symptoms include a high temperature, new continuous cough and a loss or change in your sense of taste and smell.

If you develop symptoms your household contacts will also be required to self-isolate. More information on self-isolation is available on the NHS website.

If you have been identified as a close contact of a confirmed case, you will need to complete your 14-day isolation period even if you test negative. There is detailed guidance on the NHS website.

In order to arrange a free test, please visit nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119.

A testing site is based in Crawley until 28 July; there is also a testing centre at Gatwick Airport. For more information about testing then please visit the government website.

West Sussex County Council Public Health and Public Health England confirmed they are continuing to monitor the situation and will organise contact tracing for any further identified cases who may have visited the pub.

For more information and advice visit crawley.gov.uk/coronavirus, westsussex.gov.uk/coronavirus and let’s Keep Crawley Safe.

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