A coronavirus outbreak has hit an under-construction Amazon distribution centre where 700 contractors work every day.
Nottinghamshire County Council said 17 workers from the site in Sutton-in-Ashfield had tested positive.
The local authority said they are monitoring the ‘developing situation’ and working to contain the outbreak on the 550,000 sq ft site.
Although Jonathan Gribbin, director of public health at the council, confirmed the positive cases today, an unnamed source broke the news to Nottinghamshire Live the day before.
Mr Gribbin said: ‘The safety of workers at the site and of our residents is our priority. We are working closely the main contractors and site operators and also with environmental health colleagues at Ashfield District Council who have been present at the site to help manage the situation.
‘Containing the outbreak will require that everyone follows all of the guidance in full whether at work, travelling to and from work, at home and when socialising.
‘This means adhering to social distancing, frequent hand washing, not meeting indoors with more than one household, and following all the guidance to make car sharing safe.
‘Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 should immediately self-isolate and get tested and then follow the advice when the results are given.’
The site is officially set to open in autumn. It is thought most of the positive cases are among employees of contractors Bowmer and Kirkland.
Amazon said: ‘Our Sutton-in-Ashfield site is currently under construction and has not been handed over to Amazon yet.
‘We are in close contact with the building contractors who have informed us of a number of confirmed cases on site and the measures they have put in place to ensure the safety of their employees.’
Bowmer and Kirkland said anyone who has tested positive for coronavirus is self-isolating and no one who has been diagnosed or is showing symptoms has been on the site since Wednesday.
They said: ‘The track and trace process has been used to identify any other team members requiring to self-isolate as a precaution.
‘The health and safety of all the those working on site remains a top priority and as an added measure, we will be enhancing our already rigorous hygiene practices.
‘We have elected to stand down all operatives on site from Thursday, September 3 in order to carry out a full site deep clean to maintain a safe working environment for all.
‘We are working closely with the public health authority on the appropriate next steps and remain in communication with all those involved.’
Ashfield District Council’s Environmental Health team visited the site this morning to work with others involved and make sure protocol and safety measures were being followed.
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