Coronavirus cases double at Worcestershire food packaging company

A coronavirus outbreak has been confirmed at Evesham Vale Growers in Worcestershire. Credit: Google images

The number of coronavirus cases at a food packing company in Worcestershire has doubled in 13 days.

28 workers at Evesham Vale Growers at Blackminster have tested positive for the virus, 14 more than when the outbreak was first announced at the centre on Thursday, July 23.

Around 340 staff are employed at the site to carry out packing work vital to the UK food supply chain and local economy.

They will all be tested and advised to isolate, when not in work.

The County Council have said it will work with Public Health England (PHE) Midlands to support Evesham Vale Growers Limited.

Our priority is to protect the health and wellbeing of all residents in our community. The food produced on the site is unaffected by the outbreak and remains safe to eat. Anyone who has a fever, persistent dry cough, or loss or change in their sense of taste or smell should call 119 or go online to arrange a test.

Dr.Kathryn Cobain, Director for Public Health for Worcestershire

Dr Adrian Phillips from Public Health England Midlands said they 'still expect to see cases in the community'.

He added this is 'why the Test and Trace system is important, to help us pick up on any potential problems and swiftly to take remedial action to reduce spread'.

Our staff are our priority, they are hard-working key workers helping us provide food for the country. The site has a multitude of preventative measures in place for our workers, including screens, hand washing facilities, extra cleaning and protocols for workers coming and going on the site. We are working closely with PHE and Worcestershire County Council to prevent the spread of COVID-19

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