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28th Oct, 2021

Covid-19 cases at county packing plant grows to 23

Ross Crawford 27th Jul, 2020

COUNTY health chiefs have said 23 workers at a fruit and vegetable packing plant in Evesham have now tested positive for Covid-19.

The outbreak, at Evesham Vale Growers Limited at Blackminster from Redditch, was first revealed on Friday, July 24.

Then it was reported 14 people had tested positive for coronavirus.

However since then more people with the virus have been confirmed.

Dr. Kathryn Cobain, Director for Public Health for Worcestershire said: “23 workers from Evesham Vale Growers Limited at Blackminster near Evesham, have now tested positive for Covid-19.

“Those workers have been advised to isolate.

“We continue to work with the business and Public Health England to control this outbreak. This is a reminder that Covid-19 remains with us and we should all wash our hands, wear masks where necessary and keep our distance, to protect us and our loved ones.”

On Friday, Dr Adrian Phillips, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control with PHE Midlands, said: “We are working closely with the local authority and the management at Evesham Vale Growers Limited to support the health and wellbeing of the workforce and wider public health.

“We still expect to see cases in the community and within settings where people are closer together, such as workplaces, which 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.

“To support this workforce of around 340 key workers, the company has put in place a range of infection control measures to try to reduce the risk of staff being exposed to Covid-19.”

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