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Update on COVID-19 cases

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Updated 9 July at 4:45pm

Specialists from Public Health England (PHE) South East are providing expert advice and support to Martins Heron Tesco in Bracknell, following a significantly small number of cases of COVID-19. Staff identified as close contacts of cases are self-isolating at home.

Dr Conall Watson, Consultant in Health Protection at PHE South East, said:

“We are working closely with Tesco and Bracknell Forest Council and NHS partners to provide public health advice and help prevent the spread of the virus. Having assessed the available evidence around these case we have concluded that the risk to the wider public is minimal and people should go about their normal business but continue to pay attention to public health guidance and any in-store instructions to help keep everyone safe and well.

“Workplaces are following national guidance and making sure that anyone with symptoms self isolates for 7 days, and their household members isolate for 14 days. Close contacts of confirmed cases are asked to self-isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms, to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus.

“Employers have been asked to take certain measures to help reduce the spread of the virus, including making sure that staff can maintain 2m social distancing wherever possible, employees wash their hands more often than usual for 20 seconds with soap and water and frequently touched surfaces are cleaned regularly.”

PHE will advise on appropriate public health measures to make sure it is safe for staff and public to attend as normal. However, if anyone does develop symptoms, which include a new continuous cough, high temperature or loss or change to their sense of taste or smell, they should self-isolate straight away arrange a COVID-19 test.

Timothy Wheadon, Chief Executive, on 9 July at 1pm said:

"We are continuing to work with the lead agency, Public Health England (PHE), about the cases at Martins Heron Tesco. We will be acting on their advice and providing information for residents as soon as PHE determine the next steps."

Timothy Wheadon, Chief Executive, on 8 July said:

"We aware of speculation online regarding 2 cases of coronavirus at Martins Heron Tesco.

“We have an outbreak control plan in place, which we have now activated. We would like to reassure residents that we are working with partners, including Tesco and Public Health England, to investigate the situation and will take appropriate action, once all the facts are established, in line with the plan.

“Meanwhile we would ask the public to remain vigilant and to please continue with good health and hygiene practices. This includes regular hand washing, social distancing, wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces and on public transport and avoiding large crowds and gatherings.

“Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms must self-isolate and get tested via the NHS Test and Trace system.”