Staff testing after Swindon coronavirus outbreak

Staff testing after Swindon coronavirus outbreak

Staff testing after Swindon coronavirus outbreak

Staff at a distribution centre in Swindon are being offered testing after an outbreak of Covid-19 has been confirmed.

Swindon Council is working with Public Health England (PHE) South West and XPO Logistics to support staff at the company’s Penzance Drive premises.

The council initially said a “small number” of cases had been identified, however this has since been confirmed as 30.

As a precautionary measure, and to make sure the outbreak is contained, staff at the distribution centre were from this morning (Wednesday, July 29) being offered the opportunity to be tested on site to identify those who have Covid-19, said the council.

A Mobile Testing Unit will remain there for four days, with attendants seeking to test as many staff members as possible.

The site remains operational, with social distancing and infection control measures being reinforced on a daily basis. People identified as close contacts of the cases are currently following advice and self-isolating at home.

Steve Maddern, Swindon Borough Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “The offer of testing to everybody who works on site is a precautionary measure, but it is important that we act to help stop the spread of the virus within our workplaces and the local community in Swindon.

“We are working closely with Public Health England and would like to thank XPO Logistics for their co-operation in this matter.

“It is important that everyone in Swindon remains vigilant and takes steps to help reduce the spread of the virus at work, at home and when socialising after work.”

If close acquaintances of distribution centre staff would like to be tested, they are advised to book a free coronavirus test.

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