Coronavirus outbreak at Müller factory leads to 47 cases and one death
95 people are currently self-isolating due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
A worker at a Müller factory in Bridgwater, Somerset has sadly passed away after contracting coronavirus following a major outbreak at the facility. Nearly a third of the total 300 workforce are currently self-isolating, with 47 testing positive for Covid-19.
A spokesperson has confirmed that the company are working closely with Public Health England and the local council to manage the situation, and stressed that "fresh milk processing is highly automated ensuring no risk to products".
Müller Milk & Ingredients have shared the following statement via ITV News:
“We confirm that 95 employees who work at our Bridgwater dairy are currently self-isolating, 47 of whom have tested positive for Covid-19.
“With support from Public Health England and the local council we are ensuring that the entire workforce at Bridgwater is being tested for the presence of Covid-19.
“As we have done throughout the pandemic, we are placing the safety of our employees first and following best practice as set down by the Health and Safety Executive.
“Standard measures in place include the use of facemasks, distancing, enhanced deep cleaning and hygiene, underpinned by a programme of e-learning, information and audits to ensure compliance and awareness of the measures.
“It is important to stress that fresh milk processing is highly automated ensuring no risk to products, with our Bridgwater facility one of the most modern dairies in the UK.
“Notwithstanding this we have acted to reduce production at Bridgwater as an additional measure at this time, utilising our network of dairies to support.”