25th Oct, 2020

No COVID-19 cases at EVG for two weeks - health chiefs

Rob George 21st Aug, 2020

COUNTY health chiefs have paid tribute to management and staff at Evesham Vale Growers and revealed the site has not seen a case of of Covid-19 for two weeks.

A total of 30 cases were confirmed during the outbreak according to Worcestershire County Council and production at the food packing site is starting to pick up to previous levels as the keyworkers return to work, distributing produce nationwide.

Throughout the outbreak it has been stressed by the Food Standards Agency and Public Health England that food produced on the site is unaffected and remains safe to eat.

“EVG have worked hard in cooperation with several agencies to control the recent outbreak” said Dr Kathryn Cobain, Worcestershire’s Director of Public Health.

“Their response to the outbreak including the measures put in place and support they gave their staff was vital to help stop the virus spreading further”.“Covid-19 has not gone away, and it is important that we all continue to wash our hands regularly, wear face coverings where necessary, and keep our distance.”

A spokesperson for Evesham Vale Growers said: “Our priority has always been to protect our staff. We are reassured that the measures have worked in controlling the spread of the virus.”

Coun John Smith, county council cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “I would like to thank EVG for being so receptive at a difficult time. We have seen some really good partnership working across a number of agencies as well as great support from our District Council colleagues and local community.

“The processes being put in place now will reduce the risk of future spread of the virus. The business now has a sound business continuity plan which is great news for their future and offers reassurances for other businesses that outbreaks can be contained and managed.”

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