Sunday, October 25, 2020

Coronavirus outbreak at Wakefield car dealership

Eight members of the workforce at a car dealership in Wakefield have tested positive for COVID-19.

Wakefield Council has been working with Public Health England and the HSE to manage the small outbreak the Evans Halshaw car dealership.

Measures, including additional cleaning, have been put in place as quickly as possible to help limit the spread of the virus.

All staff affected, and their close contacts, are now self-isolating.

Anna Hartley, Wakefield Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “We can confirm that eight cases of COVID-19 have been found at Evans Halshaw in Wakefield.

“The business is working closely with us, alongside Public Health England and the HSE, and they have acted quickly to put effective measures in place to help limit any further potential spread.

“Anyone who visited Evans Halshaw and is considered to be a contact will be contacted by NHS Track and Trace.

“Although we believe the risk to the local community to be low, cases are on the rise in the district. So we urge everyone to please continue to follow Government guidance, including regular handwashing, wearing a face covering and social distancing, to help keep yourself and others safe.”

The business remains open with COVID-secure measures in place.

Gary Armstrong, Evans Halshaw Managing Director, said: “The health and wellbeing of our Associates is our absolute priority, and we have done everything we can throughout the pandemic to protect our teams.

“Over the last week, we have seen a small number of our Associates test positive for COVID-19, reflective of an increase in cases in the wider area. They are currently self-isolating in accordance with Government guidelines and will not return to work for at least 14 days.

“Following consultation and full inspection of our COVID-19 preventative measures with local authorities, the site will remain open for customer sales and service. As we have done throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working in partnership with Wakefield Council, Public Health England and the HSE to ensure we continue to operate a safe environment for our customers and Associates.”

Anna Hartley added: “If you are displaying symptoms, even if they are very mild, act now and get tested as soon as possible to avoid spreading to others who may experience far more severe symptoms.”

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