A small coronavirus outbreak has been identified at one of Huddersfield’s biggest textile firms.
The council said three of the firm’s night shift workers tested positive for Covid-19 after developing symptoms. They are now recovering at home.
A joint statement from the council, Public Health England and Camira Fabrics, said: “Camira Fabrics reported the cases to Public Health England and have taken a number of precautionary measures including deep cleaning of all machinery and common areas.
“The other nightshift workers – approximately 15 people – are being asked to self-isolate for the next two weeks and will all be offered testing at a Mobile Testing Unit on site. A number of individuals have already been tested, with no further positive cases reported at this point.
“Anyone else who may have come into contact with the cases outside of work will be followed up by NHS Test and Trace – they may be advised to self-isolate for 14 days.
“The company will continue to operate as normal during the daytime under ongoing safety protocols in line with Government guidance.
“While the risk to residents from this outbreak is very low, everyone in Kirklees should continue to socially distance, wash hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap and water and get tested if they have symptoms.
“Read all the latest advice on staying safe during the pandemic.”
The new cases are the first detected in the Holme Valley and could put an end to claims the virus was contained to North Kirklees and parts of urban Huddersfield.
MP for the Colne Valley constituency, Jason McCartney, had been lobbying for his area to be released from Kirklees’ tighter coronavirus restrictions.
A review is being held this Friday but with a recent increase in cases it would seem hope of the ‘local lockdown’ being lifted is slim.
Camira Fabrics has several other facilities in Kirklees and across the country, including its Yarns factory in Birkby and its HQ at Wheatley Park on the edge of Mirfield.
The multinational firm also has operations in Nottingham, China, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and multiple premises across Europe.