Wakefield Council has been working closely with Public Health England, the Health and Safety Executive and Forza Foods Ltd to manage an outbreak of COVID-19, at Forza Foods’ Normanton site.
As of Thursday 2 July, 17 members of the workforce have tested positive for COVID-19, and action has been taken as quickly as possible to limit the spread of the virus.
Anna Hartley, Wakefield Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “We are aware that 17 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at Forza Foods Normanton, with further cases being investigated. We’ve taken swift action to work with the business, Public Health England and the HSE to help limit any further potential spread.
“300 staff are being offered testing as a precautionary measure and are now self-isolating at home. Staff will only return to work when it is safe for them to do so.
“We ask everyone to please continue to follow Government guidance on regular handwashing and social distancing to help keep yourself and others safe. If you are displaying symptoms please get a test by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119.”