Public Health England (PHE) Southwest and Cornwall Council He is aware of a number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus at the Quebec Meat Processing Factory in Bodmin. The plant is known as St Merryn Meat and is a slaughterhouse and meat processing plant.
Anyone identified as a close contact for positive cases will be contacted through the NHS Test and Trace service. In contact, people should only be tested if they continue to have symptoms. Even if the test result is negative, they still have to self-isolate for 14 days.
Additional testing will be conducted on site this week for staff only. These measures are precautionary and will provide vital data to help stop the spread of the virus. This approach has worked well in other similar outbreaks at food processing sites.
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Rachel Wigglesworth, Director of Public Health at the Cornwall Council, said: “We work with factory owners, Public Health Authority of Southwest England and our manager. NHS Partners to provide advice on public health and help stop the spread of the virus. Employees requiring dismissal have already been excluded from employment and support provided for dismissal.
We have been discussing their ongoing procedures to ensure employees are safe to attend work as usual. However, if a person develops symptoms, which include a new, persistent cough, high temperature, or loss or change in their sense of taste or smell, they must isolate themselves immediately.
A Kepac Group spokesperson said: “Kepak provides advice and support to any employee who needs to self-isolate due to a positive result or being in close contact with a confirmed case. We work closely with the Public Health Case Review team to ensure all contacts are identified.
“The group is working tirelessly to protect its employees as well as to ensure food security continues during this pandemic. All employees returning to work follow the company’s Covid-19 return to work guidelines.”