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UK: 380 workers tested for virus at Staffordshire fruit farm after COVID case

More than 350 people were tested for Covid-19 at a Staffordshire fruit farm after a worker tested positive for the virus. The Staffordshire County Council carried out tests at Dearnsdale Fruit after being notified by Public Health England of the positive coronavirus test. It followed a major Covid-19 outbreak at a Herefordshire fruit farm where more than 130 staff were infected. quotes Dr Richard Harling, the council's director for health and care, as saying: “As a precaution and given the events in Herefordshire, we worked quickly with the owners of the farm to test almost 380 workers on site on July 16. All of the results came back negative. The farm had excellent hygiene and social distancing measures in place."

The council's corporate review committee was yesterday given a presentation on Staffordshire’s Covid-19 Local Outbreak Control Plan.

Dr Harling: “We are doing more and more local contact tracing now – and in places where we have elevated levels of infection we are doing increased testing. We have examples of that at the strawberry farm Dearnsdale, in Stafford, and during the outbreak in Stone we did about 500 tests a day.”

“We do try our best to keep members and stake-holders informed about incidents that are particularly sensitive and likely to provoke community anxiety or media interest.”

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