Herefordshire farm COVID-19 outbreak
You may have seen or read in the news, that Herefordshire vegetable producers A S Green and Co is currently in lockdown after 73 staff there tested positive for COVID-19.
Up to 200 workers are self-isolating on the farm, under guidance from Public Health England.
Work continues to asses and monitor the situation and Worcestershire’s Public Health teams are working closely with Herefordshire Council and PHE to monitor the outbreak.
Dr.Kathryn Cobain, Director for Public Health in Worcestershire said;
“We are working with our colleagues in Herefordshire and Public Health England, to closely monitor this outbreak. The risk to the wider population, outside of the farm, remains low and we assess data each day to track any new cases. Our outbreak control plan is in place, ready to respond if needed. The outbreak is a reminder to us all, that as lockdown restrictions are easing, we must regularly wash our hands and keep our distance from others.“
Councillor John Smith, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Health and Wellbeing said;
“The risk to the wider population, outside of the Herefordshire farm remains low. Our Public Health teams are assessing data to keep a close watch on how the outbreak develops. Our priority remains keeping the people of Worcestershire safe.”
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak Control Plan
As part of the next phase of the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Worcestershire County Council is required to produce and deliver a Local Outbreak Control Plan. The plan details how Worcestershire County Council and its partners will prevent and respond to any outbreaks and incidents of COVID-19 in Worcestershire.
Watch an introduction to the plan, from Dr.Kathryn Cobain, Director of Public Health in Worcestershire:
To minimize local outbreaks, we need everyone to play their part. By continuing to follow the social distancing guidance, practicing good hand hygiene and testing and isolating when necessary, we can all keep ourselves and everyone safe.
An update from Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director of Public Health in Worcestershire
R rates are calculated nationally and regionally. Data is drawn from many official sources and the process is complex and robust.
Here in Worcestershire, we fall under the Midlands region for this data, and this includes a very large area, across the East and West Midlands. It is not possible to calculate a meaningful R rate at a very local level, for example in cities such as Worcester. An R rate even at County level would not be a reliable and robust interpretation of the data.
This is because the data gathered is at such low numbers that even a minor change can create a disproportionate difference. Locally we review a multitude of early warning indicators, and look for signs of change. we review a multitude of early warning indicators, and look for signs of change.
We continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure the safety of our residents.
Government announcement 4 July
Those travelling to certain countries are now able to do so freely without the need to self-isolate for 14 days on return.
Facilities, attractions, and accommodations have now reopened after easing of lockdown measures in England
Members of the public are encouraged to leave their name and numbers with venues for NHS Test and Trace
Advice for accommodation providers and what the public can and can’t do on staycations
Updated Government advice for those shielding in England
The government has updated its guidance for people who are shielding. For now, the guidance remains the same – stay at home and only go outside to exercise or to spend time outdoors with a member of your household, or with one other person from another household if you live alone – but the guidance will change on 6 July and again on 1 August.
From 6 July, the guidance will change so you can meet in groups of up to six people from outside your household – outdoors with social distancing.
From 1 August, you will no longer need to shield and the advice will be that you can visit shops and places of worship but you should continue maintaining rigorous social distancing.
For full details and for the most up to date guidance, see the government website:
The Department of Health and Social Care released a statement on Monday 6 July setting out that the majority of children no longer need to shield.
Updated guidance on shielding including information on the clinical risk to children and young people:
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Government advice - Stay alert!
Face coverings are required on all public transport
On Friday 5 June the SoS Matt Hancock announced all hospital visitors and outpatients will have to wear face coverings and all staff will have to wear surgical masks at all times, in all areas.
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
- stay at home as much as possible
- work from home if you can
- limit contact with other people
- keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- wash your hands regularly
There is more information about what you can and cannot do on the FAQs on the gov.uk website (opens in new window).
COVID-19, Domestic Abuse and Your Community
You might be worried about yourself or a friend or relative’s wellbeing during the pandemic. If so, help is available:
SafeLives ending domestic abuse # you are not alone
Safe Lives have all the domestic abuse resources in a one stop link:
Website: SafeLives ending domestic abuse - Domestic abuse and COVID-19 (opens in a new window)
Free phone 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247
Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327 (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm)
In an emergency always dial 999
For more information about this service and further domestic abuse related information and services please visit the Worcestershire County Council Domestic abuse website.
Who can I contact if I can't find the information I need?
If you have a query or issue that cannot be addressed within the guidance, please do not hesitate to contact the Health Protection Team at Public Health England:
Telephone: 0344 225 3560
Telephone out of hours: 01384 679031