Covid-19 outbreak in Mathon - statement from Worcestershire County Council and it’s Director for Public Health received via MHDC. Please be assured that we will be working closely with both Herefordshire Council and Worcestershire County Council over the forthcoming days and updates will be provided as appropriate. The requirement to publish a Local Outbreak Control Plan means that MHDC are prepared . Dealing with local outbreaks is going to be an important part of the continued response to the pandemic.
We are writing to update you regarding the outbreak of COVID -19 in Herefordshire.
Attached is the joint statement sent to media, from PHE and Herefordshire County Council.
We are aware of 73 positive cases amongst farm workers who are on the site. Public Health England are working closely with the farm and health partners to contain the outbreak.
We have been informed a small number of the workers may have visited a limited number of shops in Worcester and Malvern.
We are working closely with PHE to establish the considered risk to the public of those visits. We continue to assess and will respond accordingly.
The following statements can be used to help allay any concerns residents, educational settings and businesses may have.
Councillor John Smith, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Health and Wellbeing said; “ The risk to the wider population, outside of the Herefordshire farm remains low. Our Public Health teams are assessing data to keep a close watch on how the outbreak develops. Our priority remains keeping the people of Worcestershire safe.”
Dr.Kathryn Cobain, Director for Public Health Worcestershire said; “We are working with our colleagues in Herefordshire and Public Health England, to closely monitor this outbreak. Our outbreak control plan is in place, ready to respond if needed. The Herefordshire outbreak is a reminder to us all, that as lockdown restrictions are easing, we must regularly wash our hands and keep our distance from others. “
We will keep you informed of developments.
Kathryn Cobain and Councillor John Smith"