‘Small number’ of coronavirus cases reported by West Bromwich company

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Birmingham Road-based Pargat Housewares are now working with Public Health England (PHE) Sandwell Council to curb the spread of the virus.A total of eight cases have been confirmed at the manufacturing company, but most of the affected staff have returned to work after self-isolating.

Dr Adrian Philips, PHE Midlands communicable disease consultant, said: “Pargat management fully cooperates with public health professionals to protect the health and well-being of their staff.

“The company employs around 70 people at the West Bromwich site and has a range of infection control measures in place to reduce the risk of staff exposure to Covid-19.

“This includes wearing face masks, an improved cleaning regime, and asking employees not to share cars. ”

Pargat Housewares – which makes cookware and baked goods that are supplied around the world – says it alerted chefs to health “immediately.”

A company spokesperson said: “In accordance with government guidelines, we have advised our employees not to carpool unless absolutely necessary.

“None of the affected employees have visited our site since showing symptoms.

“We recognize our responsibility to support Public Health England in their work to fight local infections. So we alerted them immediately and have worked closely with them and the Sandwell Council ever since.

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