Outbreak of Covid at Duns salmon-processing plant

A new outbreak of coronavirus has been reported at the Farne Salmon plant in Duns, after eight members of staff tested positive for Covid-19.

Farne Salmon, Duns Industrial Estate
Farne Salmon, Duns Industrial Estate

Close contacts are being advised to self-isolate and other identified contacts are being followed up and given appropriate advice.

Arrangements are being made for the further testing of other employees who worked in the same area as the staff who have tested positive.

An Incident Management Team (IMT) is working with NHS Borders, Public Health Scotland, Scottish Borders Council and Farne Salmon staff to provide advice and support.

Dr Tim Patterson, director of public health at NHS Borders, said: “Where clusters of cases develop we must find them and act quickly to prevent further spread.

“The IMT is working with Farne Salmon management to discuss all appropriate measures to contain this cluster.

“The people confirmed to have the infection and their close contacts in the community have been identified and advice provided.

“As a further precautionary measure, arrangements are also being made for the further testing of other employees who worked in the same area as the positive staff.

“The continued increase in the number of confirmed cases in the Borders is a reminder of how contagious this virus is.

“It is more important than ever that everyone continues to stick to the rules, if you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 you must self-isolate and book a test immediately.

“Whilst you wait for your test results the people you live with must also self-isolate. Please be extra vigilant this festive period and carefully consider your arrangements for Christmas, if you can avoid meeting with other households indoors on Christmas Day please do so.

“Please continue to follow the FACTS guidance: Face coverings; Avoid crowded place; Clean hands and surfaces regularly; Two metre distance; and Self isolate and book a test immediately if you have any symptoms.”

You can book a test either by going online to www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or calling 0800 028 2816. Whilst you wait for your test all of your household members should self-isolate.