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14 August 2020 00:30

Orthocoronavirinae Northampton Disease outbreak

Northampton could face a local lockdown as 300 employees at a sandwich factory test positive for coronavirus

A total of 292 people have tested positive for Covid-19 after an outbreak at a Greencore sandwich factory in Northampton. Dublin-headquartered Greencore said some of its staff were self-isolating after a significant number tested positive for coronavirus. "We are liaising closely with PHE [Public Health England] East Midlands, Northamptonshire County Council and Northampton Borough Council, who are fully supportive of the controls that we have on site." Greencore said all its sites had wide-ranging, social-distancing measures, stringent hygiene procedures and regular temperature checking in place, "and we are doing everything that we can to keep our people safe". "Northampton borough has been experiencing a high number of cases over the last four weeks and residents and employees have been asked to act now to follow additional measures, to avoid a local lockdown or further government intervention." Businesses and workplaces had worked with the council and Public Health Northamptonshire to ensure they played a pivotal role "in helping employees to understand the risks associated with car sharing, house sharing and sharing crowded areas during breaks or commuting to and from work," she said. NORTHAMPTON could face a local lockdown after nearly 300 employees at a sandwich factory tested positive for coronavirus.

In a statement, the firm said: "As a result of the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the Northampton area, we took the decision to start proactively testing all of the colleagues at our Northampton site. "All of Greencore's sites have wide-ranging social distancing measures, stringent hygiene procedures and regular temperature checking in place, and we are doing everything that we can to keep our people safe. Lucy Wightman, director of public health at Northamptonshire County Council, said employees have been asked to "act now" after the number of confirmed cases in the town increased from 66 in the week ending August 2 to 85 for the week ending August 9. She said: "We are working with colleagues at Greencore in Northampton after the discovery of an outbreak of Covid-19 in the workplace. "This has been supplemented by support from the local infection prevention and control team and Northampton Borough Council's environmental health colleagues." "Northampton borough has been experiencing a high number of cases over the last four weeks and residents and employees have been asked to 'act now' to follow additional measures, to avoid a local lockdown or further government intervention." Almost 300 workers have tested positive for coronavirus following an outbreak at a factory in Northampton that makes M&S sandwiches.

Greencore said some of its staff are self-isolating after a significant number tested positive for coronavirus. In a statement, Greencore said: "As a result of the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the Northampton area, we took the decision to start proactively testing all of the colleagues at our Northampton site. "We are liaising closely with PHE East Midlands, Northamptonshire county council and Northampton borough council, who are fully supportive of the controls that we have on site." Greencore said in each case the company has conducted contact tracing and instructed potentially affected colleagues to self-isolate. The company added: "All of Greencore's sites have wide-ranging social distancing measures, stringent hygiene procedures and regular temperature checking in place, and we are doing everything that we can to keep our people safe. Lucy Wightman, director of public health at Northamptonshire county council, said employees have been asked to "act now" after the number of confirmed cases in the town increased from 66 in the week ending 2 August to 85 for the week ending 9 August.

Northamptonshire county council said it has been working with colleagues at Greencore following the Covid-19 outbreak and that Public Health England Midlands has been providing support. Wightman added: "This has been supplemented by support from the local infection prevention and control team and Northampton borough council's environmental health colleagues. "Northampton borough has been experiencing a high number of cases over the last four weeks and residents and employees have been asked to 'act now' to follow additional measures, to avoid a local lockdown or further government intervention." Those that had tested positive for the virus were now self-isolating, said Greencore, adding for each positive case it had immediately conducted contact tracing and instructed potentially affected colleagues to self-isolate. A Greencore spokeswoman said: "We are working closely with PHE East Midlands, Northamptonshire County Council and Northampton Borough Council, who are fully supportive of the controls that we have on site. "All of Greencore's sites have wide-ranging social distancing measures, stringent hygiene procedures and regular temperature checking in place, and we are doing everything that we can to keep our people safe.

Northamptonshire County Council director of public health Lucy Wightman said it was "evident that Greencore has highly effective measures in place and they continue to work extremely hard to exceed the requirements needed to be Covid-19 secure within the workplace". Public Health Northamptonshire has confirmed that Greencore, in Moulton Park is experiencing an outbreak of coronavirus cases. Lucy Wightman, director of Public Health at Northamptonshire County Council, Northampton said: "We are working with colleagues at Greencore in Northampton after the discovery of an outbreak of COVID-19 in the workplace. A spokesman for Greencore said: "As a result of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the Northampton area, we took the decision to start proactively testing all of the colleagues at our Northampton site. "All of Greencore's sites have wide-ranging social-distancing measures, stringent hygiene procedures and regular temperature checking in place, and we are doing everything that we can to keep our people safe. Lucy added: "Northampton borough has been experiencing a high number of cases over the last four weeks and residents and employees have been asked to "act now" to follow additional measures, to avoid a local lockdown or further government intervention.