Following the news on Wednesday that 30 employees at XPO Logistics’ Iceland depot in Swindon test positive for COVID-19, a further 21 have now also been confirmed to have the virus.
Swindon Borough Council is continuing to working with Public Health England and the firm to support staff at its Penzance Drive distribution centre after the outbreak.
Since yesterday, the staff at the distribution centre will be able to get tested for coronavirus on-site at a Mobile Testing Unit in a bid to identify those who have it there.
Steve Maddern, Swindon Borough Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “The offer of testing to everybody who works on site is a precautionary measure, but it is important that we act to help stop the spread of the virus within our workplaces and the local community in Swindon.
“We are working closely with Public Health England and would like to thank XPO Logistics for their co-operation in this matter.
“It is important that everyone in Swindon remains vigilant and takes steps to help reduce the spread of the virus at work, at home and when socialising after work. This includes washing hands more often than usual for 20 seconds with soap and water, coughing and sneezing into tissues and promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach, cleaning frequently touched surfaces regularly and minimising contact with other people as far as possible.”
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