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Cornwall Covid Data latest


The latest data on COVID-19 infections in Cornwall was released today by the Council and shows 147 new cases have been found in the last seven days. This follows the 83 of last week. The sharp rise in the number of cases in Cornwall over the last two weeks can mostly be attributed to the outbreak at the Pilgrim’s Pride meat processing factory in Pool.

Overall, Cornwall now has 18 clusters of 3 cases or more.

The Cornwall public health team provide an enhanced contract tracing service where they contact an individual identified by the NHS Test and Trace and interview them about their recent activities. In this case the individual revealed that they worked at the factory, and so further investigations were carried out and testing procedures put in place. It resulted in the proactive identification of over 170 people who had Covid-19 and were not displaying symptoms.

 Cornwall’s clusters at time of publication

Cornwall’s public health team provided an update on the situation at a meeting of the COVID-19 Local Outbreak Engagement Board yesterday and outlined the intensive testing they are carrying out to help limit the transmission of the virus.

In total, almost 500 employees at the factory were tested and the vast majority of the cases who tested positive were not displaying symptoms. All employees who have tested positive are isolating in line with government guidelines, as are those found to have been in close contact with them.

Cornwall Council’s Public Health team, along with Public Health England SW and the NHS, have been working closely with Pilgrim’s Pride Ltd. food factory in Pool in order to take proactive action to reduce the likelihood of community transmission.

A representative from Pilgrim’s Pride Ltd. added:

“These are the first positive cases we have experienced at our site in Redruth since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the UK and appear to coincide with the outbreaks seen more widely around the county. To put this into context, we have seen significantly more cases of COVID-19 in Cornwall over the past 14 days than we have experienced within our business of 6,000 employees located in 13 sites across the UK – including Manchester, West Midlands and Leicestershire – since the onset of this pandemic.

“We recognise our role and responsibilities within our community and continue to follow and exceed government guidelines as we have been since March when Covid-19 restrictions were introduced. We have also implemented additional measures where they bring benefit to particular situations. We audit our own compliance of all Covid-19 controls daily.

“From the outset we have worked conscientiously to do all we can to protect our workforce and the local community. Our teams have been working extremely hard in collaboration with the local authority and public health to manage this challenging situation, and have bravely conducted themselves with professionalism and integrity as they continue to play their important role in maintaining the UK food supply chain.”

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Rachel Wigglesworth, Interim Director for Public Health for Cornwall Council said:

“Our team has been working tirelessly since the beginning of the pandemic, and have strengthened our local COVID-19 contact tracing approach to help detect cases early, prevent spread and support people to self-isolate. We’ve quickly identified and tested hundreds of people, and in finding people who weren’t displaying symptoms we have potentially stopped much wider spread in our communities. We continue to closely monitor the situation and appreciate the cooperation of Pilgrim’s Pride Ltd. and their employees.

“It’s really important that everyone, no matter where they live Cornwall, follows the government guidance of good hand hygiene, wearing of face masks in enclosed public spaces, keeping two metres apart, and not gathering in groups of more than six people, to help us stop the spread of the virus.

“If anyone does develop symptoms, which include a new continuous cough, high temperature or loss or change to their sense of taste or smell, they should self-isolate straight away and book a test. Please stay at home until you receive the results. If they are positive, please make sure you isolate for 10 days, and close contacts or people you live with should isolate for 14 days”.

The information on cases of coronavirus in Cornwall is updated weekly and can be found on the council website here.

 

 

 

Daily lab-confirmed cases up to 29 September 2020

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