Leeds Greggs distribution center closed as workers test positive for coronavirus

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A Greggs depot was forced to close after a coronavirus outbreak was confirmed.

About 20 employees at the Bramley distribution center near Leeds had contracted the deadly virus.

Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves said the facility was now closed and would be inspected by Infection Control and Environmental Health after a thorough cleaning.

It comes as Leeds’s infection rate fell from 17.9 to 20.4 per 100,000 people this week, according to official figures.

The city could face a local lockdown similar to those seen in parts of Lancashire, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.

Around 20 staff at the distribution center (pictured) in Bramley, near Leeds, had caught the killer virus

Ms Reeves said: ‘I just made an urgent call with the Head of Leeds City Council, Councilor Judith Blake, Ward Councilors Armley and Bramley, Public Health and Council officials as there has been an outbreak. of Covid-19 at the Greggs distribution center in Bramley.

“The premises are now closed and will be thoroughly cleaned according to the Covid-19 safety standard and will then be inspected by infection control and environmental health.

“All visiting employees and drivers are currently undergoing testing.

Ms Reeves said she is awaiting confirmation from Greggs and the council that self-isolating workers will receive full pay.

She added: ‘In the meeting with Leeds City Council, I pushed for testing to be introduced locally in Bramley, so testing is accessible and close to residents who may be affected.

“I am awaiting clarification from Leeds City Council and Greggs that workers who are self-isolating now will receive Greggs’ full pay.

“Along with local councilors from Armley and Bramley Wards, I receive regular updates from Leeds City Council and work closely to monitor this situation.

“I would like to thank Leeds City Council for their quick response. “

Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves (pictured) said the facility was now closed and would be inspected by Infection Control and Environmental Health after a thorough cleaning

Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves (pictured) said the facility was now closed and would be inspected by Infection Control and Environmental Health after a thorough cleaning

Ms Reeves added: ‘If you have symptoms of Covid-19, including a cough, high temperature, or loss of taste or smell, you need to get tested and self-isolate for ten days.

“I urge people to continue to practice social distancing, to wear face masks unless exempted, and to use hand sanitizer or wash their hands frequently in order to stay safe. “

Leeds City Council Deputy Director of Public Health Lucy Jackson said: “A number of employees recently tested positive for Covid-19 at the Greggs distribution depot in Leeds.

“As a result of further testing, more staff were identified as positive. This highlights why further testing and contact tracing is so important that Greggs is proactively undertaking.

“The safety of Greggs staff, customers and the community at large remains our priority and we are working closely with Greggs and Public Health England to ensure any infection is contained.

“The workplace is thoroughly cleaned and additional contact tracing is carried out, with necessary advice shared on self-isolation and symptom awareness.

“It is a crucial element in controlling the spread of the virus and protecting our community against new infections.

“We are confident that the necessary steps are being taken quickly to minimize any further spread of infection.

“With the virus still in our community, we should all continue to stand at least two meters from people outside our homes whenever possible, washing our hands with soap and water often, for at least two hours. minus 20 seconds, avoid touching our face and follow the “catch it, put it in the bin, kill it” advice to help us protect ourselves and others.

“Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 should stay home and book a test as soon as possible, within five days of the onset of symptoms. “

Greggs CEO Roger Whiteside said the company was working with authorities to minimize any possible impact on its customers and the wider community in Leeds.

He said: “Following a number of our employees testing positive for Covid-19 at our Leeds distribution depot, we have taken immediate action to implement our Covid response plan.

“We are working closely with Leeds City Council and Public Health England to ensure that we minimize any possible impact on our customers and the wider community in Leeds and the surrounding area.

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