In the event of an outbreak of the coronavirus at the distribution center in Iceland in Swindon, 51 employees look positive, but the warehouse remains open
An Icelandic food distribution center in Wiltshire has suffered a coronavirus outbreak that infected 51 workers.
Some 21 workers at the Swindon depot tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday, on top of another 30 who confirmed the virus on Wednesday.
Food is processed in the XPO Logistics store for distribution to Icelandic stores across the region, and all on-site personnel now have the opportunity to be tested.
From this morning there will be a mobile test unit that will remain there for four days, with the supervisors wanting to test as many employees as possible.
The site will remain operational with enhanced infection control measures. People who have come into contact with people who have tested positive now isolate themselves.
An XPO spokesperson said, “Protecting our employees is our number one priority. We work closely with local authorities and adhere to all local and public health guidelines in England to ensure proper health and safety measures are taken. ‘
Health workers from the Swindon Borough Council visited the site this week and insisted they trust that appropriate safety measures have been taken.
Steve Maddern, director of public health for the council, said: “Offering testing to anyone working on site is a precaution, but it is important that we take action to prevent 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 cooperation in this.
“It is important that everyone in Swindon remains vigilant and takes measures to help reduce the spread of the virus at work, at home and when socializing after work.
This includes washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds more often than usual, coughing and sneezing into tissues and promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach, cleaning frequently touched surfaces and contacting other people until minimize as much as possible. “