Coronavirus: Herefordshire farm outbreak sparks hygiene complaints – BBC News

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Leah Johnson and Brandon Burridge ended up operating at the coronavirus-hit farm on 2 July and declared health at the website was questionable

Dr Helen Carter, from Public Health England, stated: “We aware mindful that 3 individuals have left the farm against our assistance and suggestions and we are dealing with the West Mercia Police force to make certain they are safe and well.”
Asked if they had actually been traced, Dr Carter said “at the moment, cops are trying to find their area”.
Reacting to issues about employees well-being, a representative for public health in the county stated the owners of the farm, which provides national supermarket chains, were doing “their really best in this difficult situation”.
Brandon Burridge and Leah Johnson, a couple from Malvern, Worcestershire, signed up to deal with the farm after seeing its Pick for Britain adverts in the local press.
Their last day of work was 2 July and they said the first they heard of the outbreak was in the media.
They stated no-one from the farm had actually been in touch over the outbreak, and claimed they had been blocked from a company WhatsApp group after asking questions.
They stated they were now self-isolating in their homes and waiting for the outcome of their own tests, which they say they arranged themselves.

Vegetable pickers at a farm where 74 individuals evaluated positive for Covid-19 said they had health concerns about the site.
2 workers stated they had to share one toilet with up to 60 others at A S Green and Co in Herefordshire, which went into lockdown after the tests.
The couple are self-isolating in the house in addition to 200 or two employees said to be in quarantine at the sites live-in lodging.
The farm has actually been requested remark.
Later, West Mercia Police said that 3 farm workers, including one who had actually tested favorable for Covid-19, had left the website.

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Workers are self-isolating at this farm in Herefordshire

Ms Johnson, 21, stated throughout an induction procedure about 15 people had been resting on shared benches without any reference of keeping 2m (6ft) apart.
” There was absolutely nothing about hand sanitiser, we werent offered any. We were not allowed to use gloves,” she stated.
” It appeared unusual to us, however we believed because it was an outside task, the threat of coronavirus would be low.
” But we hadnt thought about the shared facilities.
” People were stating there is just one toilet – that is absurd – and it got quite gross quite quickly, and we were informed [by other staff member] to prevent it all expenses.
” There was one bit of hand sanitiser in the toilet.”
Mr Burridge, 22, stated: “I attempted to call them to ask why we hadnt been notified [of the break out] as I believed it was their responsibility to state so.
” But we were told that our normal contacts werent offered. The woman on the phone offered to pass on the message, however we didnt get an action. So I emailed them however I still have not had an action.
” And weve been blocked from the group Whatsapp group.”
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Workers at the farm, which employs a mix of seasonal workers from the UK and abroad, are being supported by public health personnel, who are providing food and other arrangements, along with translators.
Director of Public Health for Herefordshire, Karen Wright, validated the 74 cases at the farm.
She stated: “Our focus remains the health and wellness of residents while we work to consist of and manage the spread of Covid-19.
” We continue to support the farm management, their workers – who form a vital part of our regional economy – and the regional community through this challenging time.”

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” But we were informed that our typical contacts werent readily available. The lady on the phone used to pass on the message, however we didnt get a response. I emailed them however I still havent had a response.