Outbreak at Liversedge bed company
A statement on behalf of Kirklees Council, Public Health England and High Grove Beds on an outbreak at a local bed company.
Kirklees Council, the Health and Safety Executive and Public Health England are working with High Grove Beds after eight members of its factory staff have to date, tested positive for coronavirus.
High Grove Beds – which was inspected last week by Kirklees Council and presented high standards of infection control procedures and practices – have taken the decision to cease production as a safety precaution and will reopen when safe to do so. All staff are now to be offered tests, with a Mobile Testing Unit being set up on-site.
The company are also working closely with Kirklees Council and Public Health England so those who have tested positive can be followed up by the NHS Test and Trace programme and self-isolate.
While the risk to residents from this outbreak is very low, everyone in Kirklees should continue to socially distance, wash hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap and water and get tested if they have symptoms. All the latest advice on staying safe during the pandemic.
Here’s some useful information on the outbreak.
How many people have tested positive?
So far, eight people at the business have tested positive. They have been asked to follow national guidance and self-isolate for seven days.
Is the factory open?
High Grove Beds have taken the decision to close the facility for two weeks as a safety precaution for its employees and their families.
Has it been contained?
To make sure we contain the virus, we are now offering testing for the whole workforce and are setting up a mobile testing unit on site.
Following the Test and Trace programme, Kirklees Council, Public Health England and the company are also working together to identify and contact everyone who has been in contact with a positive case. If appropriate, they will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
Has anyone died as a result of this outbreak?
We are not aware of anyone who has tested positive being seriously ill or dying.
Should I be concerned about this?
We think the risk to members of the public outside this workplace is very low. Anyone who may have come into contact with an infected person will be contacted directly through the test and trace system.
Everyone needs to continue to follow national government guidance around social distancing, hand washing and to get a test if you have symptoms.
Will Kirklees go into local lockdown?
At the moment, there are no plans for this in Kirklees and we do not see this happening based on our current levels of infection.
Public safety is the number one priority as always and we will continue to monitor the situation locally.
Do I need to avoid leaving the house?
No. Providing you have not been contacted and told otherwise, you can continue to leave the house following the latest government advice.