NHS Tayside has confirmed there were 29 cases of coronavirus associated with the Two Sisters factory in Coupar Angus. The food processing plant was closed earlier this week after staff members tested positive for the virus and 900 workers have been told to self-isolate.
Mobile testing units have been set up at the factory and all workers have been advised to attend for a test even if they don’t have symptoms.
Dr Emma Fletcher, associate director of Public Health for NHS Tayside, said, “All agencies continue to work closely together to manage the outbreak related to the factory.
“We strongly encourage all workers to take up the offer of testing to help prevent further spread of the infection in the community.
“The public should be reassured that the plant remains non-operational however contractors are continuing to attend the site to ensure animal welfare.”
900 workers have been told to self-isolate
Mobile testing units have been set up
“Children of factory workers who have not tested positive and are self-isolating can continue to attend school as long as the children have no symptoms.
“Our advice to the wider community is to remain vigilant to this infection. Please continue to follow the FACTS guidance and if anyone is experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, they should self-isolate and seek a test.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that the food processing plant was a “big workplace” with about 900 staff and evidence from other outbreaks shows the virus could spread “quite widely” in these conditions.
She said: “Because we’ve seen food processing outbreaks in other parts of the UK, we have some lessons about how they were handled in other parts of the UK that we can try to apply here.”
Nicola Sturgeon said that the virus could spread quickly in the factory
NHS chiefs added all close contacts of positive cases were being followed-up and advised to self-isolate.
In addition, all close contacts will also be offered testing through NHS Tayside’s Community Testing Team as part of the national contact tracing service.
Elsewhere in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon said there were now “two new individual cases involving people at schools in Johnstone and Dundee”.
She went on to state there were now nine confirmed cases in a Lanarkshire cluster, up one from yesterday.
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The plant is located in Coupar Angus
Overall the Test and Protect contact tracing scheme in Scotland has traced more than 900 positive cases since June 22, Ms Sturgeon added.
She said that only three people out of 925 had not been able to be contacted.
More than 5,000 contacts have been traced, with 98.8 percent of these people having been successfully contacted, the First Minister said.