Coronavirus outbreak at UK Greggs factory after number of workers test positive – Mirror Online

A coronavirus outbreak has been confirmed at the Greggs distribution depot in Bramley, Leeds.

A few workers at the depot recently tested positive so further testing was taken of all staff and several more were found positive.

The food chain is working with Leeds City Council and Public Health England to manage the outbreak, Leeds Live reports.

Lucy Jackson, Leeds City Council’s deputy director of Public Health, said: “A number of staff recently tested positive for COVID-19 at Greggs’ distribution depot in Leeds.

“Following further testing, more staff have been identified as being positive.

Greggs is working with Leeds City Council and Public Health England
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“This highlights why further testing and contact tracing is so important which Greggs is proactively undertaking.

“The safety of Greggs staff, customers and the wider community remains our priority and we are working closely with Greggs and Public Health England to make sure any infection is contained.

“The workplace is being deep cleaned and further contact tracing carried out, with necessary advice shared about self-isolating and awareness of symptoms.

“This is a crucial part of controlling the spread of the virus and protecting our community from further infection. We are satisfied the necessary steps are being taken quickly to minimise any further spread of infection.”

A few workers at the depot recently tested positive
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“As the virus is still within our community, we should all continue to keep at least two metres away from people outside our households wherever possible, wash our hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching our face and follow the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ guidance to help keep ourselves and others safe.

Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves said she is awaiting confirmation from Greggs and the council that workers who are self-isolating will receive full pay.

She added: “I, alongside local councillors from Armley and Bramley Wards, are receiving regular updates from Leeds City Council and are working closely to monitor this situation.

“I would like to thank Leeds City Council for their swift response.”

The CEO of Greggs, Roger Whiteside, has also issued a statement.

He said: “Following a number of our staff testing positive for COVID-19 at our Leeds distribution depot, we have taken immediate action to implement our COVID response plan and we are working closely with Leeds City Council and Public Health England to ensure that we minimise any possible impact on our customers and the wider community in Leeds and the surrounding area.”