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20/08/20 21:49

Household contacts of factory outbreak advised to self-isolate

Updated advice following 2 Sisters factory outbreak in Coupar Angus. 

Household contacts of factory workers from the 2 Sisters food processing plant in Coupar Angus are now being asked to self-isolate until Monday 31 August as a precaution.

The plant closed on Monday 17 August after four workers tested positive. All workers were asked to self-isolate for two weeks and get tested.

Following an Incident Management Team (IMT) meeting today, the requirement to self-isolate has now been expanded to include all household contacts, including children, of anyone who has worked at the 2 Sisters plant in the last two weeks.

Household contacts should now self-isolate until 31 August as a precaution, and should only seek testing only if they have symptoms by calling 0800 028 2816 or going to www.NHSinform.scot/test-and-protect

Advice to factory workers remains the same.  They must continue to self-isolate at home until 31 August, even if they have had a negative test.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

“This is a significant but necessary step to reduce the risk of onward transmission from this cluster, while testing and contact tracing continues.

“The public have an important role to play in helping us contain this outbreak, which is different to the other outbreaks we have seen so far as it is focused around a food processing plant and its workforce.

“We are asking all people in the Tayside area to stay extra vigilant in following the FACTS guidance, in particular those people in their 70’s or older, and those who were shielding or in high-risk groups.

“The Scottish Government is working closely with the IMT, Public Health Scotland, and local environmental health teams to provide all necessary support and resource to contain this outbreak, and we will continue to consider carefully and urgently whether any further restrictions are necessary.” 

Background

Public Health Information for Coupar Angus 2 Sisters Factory workers and household contacts.

NHS Tayside press release.

Remember the FACTS guidance:

F – Face coverings. These should be used in shops and on public transport (buses, trains and taxis)

A – Avoid crowded places

C – Clean your hands frequently, using water & soap whenever possible

T – Two metres – observe physical distancing

S – Self-isolate and book a test if you are suffering from COVID-19 symptoms

Anyone who has any of the following symptoms should book a test at nhsinform.scot/test-and-protect or call 0800 028 2816 if they are unable to access the online service:

  • high temperature or fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath