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Powys staff fighting mass Wrexham outbreak

Created on 28/06/2020 @ 12:20
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By Elgan Hearn, Local Democracy Reporter

Staff from Powys County Council (PCC) are supporting Wrexham Borough Council’s fight against a huge outbreak of Covid-19 at a food factory.

The Welsh Government have said that 1,000 people linked to Rowan Foods had been tested, and of these 166 were confirmed cases of Coronavirus.

At the PCC Health and Care scrutiny committee, councillors were told that local staff were working alongside their Wrexham counterparts to try and stop the spread of the outbreak through track and trace.

Director of legal and democratic services, Clive Pinney, confirmed: “We are supporting Wrexham at the moment.”

This followed questions by Councillor Ange Williams, who was chairing the meeting and asked: “If we do get a second Coronavirus wave, I and a lot of people will be hoping that we will be doing more of the track and trace. That seems to have worked very well in Ceredigion and would be good to move that in to Powys. Or at least promote it more.”

Director of Social Services, Ali Bulman, said: “Since June 1 we have had Test Track and Protect (TTP) fully up and running. It seems to be doing really well at the moment.

“I’m not sure what actions Welsh Government will take if we have another surge of Covid-19, but I imagine that TTP would be a key part.

“We are also doing mutual aid to help other authorities that have seen spikes.”

Ceredigion have become a Coronavirus success story having the lowest figures for infection and deaths in Wales. Part of this, is attributed to Ceredigion Council setting up their own track and trace system.

To help stop the spread of the virus, people who test positive are asked to report their recent contacts so that they can be contacted and notified to self-isolate. If they are displaying symptoms they should also be tested for coronavirus.

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