200 workers on a vegetable farm in Herefordshire have to isolate themselves in mobile homes after 73 workers tested positive for coronavirus.
A S Green And Co employees were tested after some employees showed symptoms of the error.
Workers are busy picking and packing on site while living in mobile homes on Rook Row Farm.
No employees at the Mathon site near Malvern are allowed to leave the site and receive the necessary on-site support.
The farm delivers vegetables to Tesco, Aldi, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Asda and M & S.
Visitors and members of the management team were also tested and the company confirmed that all previous results outside of their website were negative.
The company has taken a number of infection control measures to reduce the risk of employees being exposed to the virus.
These measures include support for tests, promotion of social distance in communal social areas and in inner packaging areas.
If necessary, they also provide PPE for the staff, encourage regular hand washing for at least 20 seconds and the use of face coverings in closed areas.
A S Green And Co employees were tested after some employees showed symptoms of the error (stock photo).
200 workers on the vegetable farm were asked to isolate themselves on site in mobile homes after 73 people tested positive for coronavirus
The site is still waiting for all results, but 73 positive cases have been confirmed so far.
The workers live on site in mobile homes, all with toilets, showers and kitchen facilities, and the participants share the accommodation.
The Herefordshire Council organizes groceries and basic supplies for the residents of the site while isolating themselves.
This happened after farmers in the Feed The Nation campaign asked people to take paid roles on local farms to prevent food from rotting in the fields.
The owner of A S Green And Co was looking for 100 pickers and 60 packers for his family team in late April, the Hereford Times reported.
In a statement posted on its website, the company said, “We confirm that we are working closely with Public Health England and the Herefordshire Council public health team to support a number of our employees who have tested positive for COVID-19.
& # 39; As a precaution, we have arranged to review other key employees, including members of the management team and visitors associated with A S Green, and can confirm that all previous results outside of our website have been returned with negative results. So far there have been 73 positive cases on our website.
The site is still waiting for all results, but 73 positive cases have been confirmed so far (stock photo)
& # 39; Our website is currently closed to all visitors. With the help of the various positions, no employees are allowed to leave our website and receive the necessary support on our website.
& # 39; Our workforce and the local community are our priority during this difficult time and we continue to follow the instructions of the relevant authorities to ensure that the spread of the virus is controlled and our workforce is supported.
& # 39; Public Health England points out that Covid-19 is very unlikely to be transferable through food or food packaging, so shoppers can remain confident of buying UK fruit and vegetables.
"Thank you for your understanding in these difficult times."
The Rook Row Farm is currently closed to all visitors and employees receive the support they need on the website, the company said in a statement
The Director of Public Health at Herefordshire CCG speaks in front of Rook Row Farm in Mathon near Malvern
A man puts on PSA when he arrives at Rook Row Farm in Mathon near Malvern in Herefordshire
Katie Spence, PHE Midlands Health Protection Director, said: & # 39; We work closely with the management of AS Green and Co to support the health and well-being of their workforce and general public health.
& # 39; At this stage of the pandemic, we still expect cases in the community and in environments where people are closer together, such as B. at work. This is why the test and trace system is important in order to identify potential problems and take quick remedial measures to reduce the spread.
& # 39; To support this workforce of around 200 key employees, the company has taken a number of infection control measures to reduce the risk of employees being exposed to COVID-19.
“The measures include the support of on-site tests, the promotion of social distance in communal social areas and in the packaging area for interiors. Providing personnel with PPE where appropriate, encouraging regular hand washing for at least 20 seconds and encouraging the use of facial clothing in confined areas. "
Despite these measures, a small number of workers became symptomatic earlier this week, and they and some close contacts among workers were initially tested and found positive.
"According to the NHS guidelines, people were asked to isolate themselves for 7 days, while their households and close contacts were asked to isolate themselves for 14 days."
& # 39; Since we saw a global trend that large food producers are exposed to outbreaks as a precaution, the decision was made to test the entire workforce.
The owner of A S Green And Co was looking for 100 pickers and 60 packers for his family team at the end of April
A policeman with a face mask is standing next to his car at the gates of Rook Row Farm
& # 39; The first results showed a significant percentage of positive cases, although these people were asymptomatic.
"We are still waiting for some final results, but we currently have 73 positive cases of COVID-19 in the workforce."
"PHE Midlands and Herefordshire Council are therefore working with AS Green and Co to closely monitor and manage the outbreak and support individual workers."
A spokesman for AS Green said: “Our employees are our priority. They are hard-working key workers who help us to provide the country with food in these unusual times.
"We have contacted PHE and are working closely with them and the Herefordshire Council public health to prevent the spread of COVID-19."
The company said Public Health England is pointing out that Covid-19 is very unlikely to be transmitted through food or food packaging (stock photo).
A S Green And Co specializes in the cultivation of runner beans, tenderstem broccoli, broad beans and holda beans
Karen Wright, director of public health in Herefordshire, said: “Herefordshire is the first to experience such an outbreak, but this is not unexpected.
“Our priority is to protect the health and well-being of all residents in our community. Through quick tests on the farm, we were able to understand the transmission and control the spread of infections.
“We continue to support management, their employees, who are an important part of our local economy, and the local community in this challenging time.
"Anyone who has a fever, persistent dry cough, or loss or change in taste or smell should call 119 or go online to schedule a test."
Herefordshire had 809 confirmed cases of the virus at a rate of 421.1 (per 100,000 population), according to the daily government statistics released around 6pm last night.
The company harvests from mid-May to mid-November and has packaging work in winter
In April, Andrew Green, owner of AS Green and Co, told The Hereford Times: “The coronavirus pandemic has led to increasing demand for fresh produce, but with stricter border controls and travel restrictions, many UK farmers are facing labor shortages that jeopardize their products . & # 39;
He added: "The role not only offers the opportunity to work in a safe and healthy environment during the summer months, but also enables those who are financially affected by the pandemic to increase their income without jeopardizing the support, that they get through the government’s vacation program.
Mr. Green said the new key workers would do their part to provide the nation with fresh, local, and healthy products.
The outbreak occurs after the blockage in Leicester, East Midlands, has been extended by at least two weeks following an increase in coronavirus cases.
The number 10 scientific advisers announced on July 10 that the R rate in the UK is between 0.7 and 0.9.
The R rate represents the average number of people who infected each Covid-19 patient, and SAGE admitted that there were one or more in London, the Midlands, the Northeast, and Yorkshire, the Southeast, and the Southwest could.
A S Green And Co specializes in the cultivation of runner beans, tenderstem broccoli, broad beans and holda beans.
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