‘Low risk’ to public from Wensleydale Creamery Covid-19 outbreak, says health chief

The Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes.

There is a low risk to the general public following a Covid-19 outbreak at the Wensleydale Creamery, says the county’s senior health official.

Dr Lincoln Sargeant, North Yorkshire’s director of public health, was speaking after it was confirmed there had been five cases among production staff at the Hawes site.

All production staff will now be tested for Covid-19.

Several members of staff were now isolating as a result of their colleagues’ positive tests.

There have been no confirmed cases in the visitor centre, which remains fully open, the company says.

Dr Sargeant said: “North Yorkshire County Council and colleagues from Public Health England and Richmondshire District Council are working closely with Wensleydale Creamery to respond to and manage this incident. This incident involves a small number of cases and the risk to the public remains low.

“We continue to work together to ensure we have in place the most effective measures to reduce any further transmission.”

The health boss said the county council had worked to ensure testing for all production team staff as quickly as possible following the identification of cases on site.

He added: “The creamery has been proactive in following government public health guidance and any people who have had contact with cases have been removed from the workplace and asked to self-isolate.

“Control measures in the workplace are in place and these continue to be reviewed and revised with advice from NYCC, PHE and RDC as relevant.”

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