COVID-19 Coupar Angus update - 4pm Monday 24 August

Published on Tuesday 25 August 2020

Update from the Incident Management Team (IMT) which is working with Local Councils, Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland to provide advice and support in the outbreak related to the 2 Sisters food processing plant in Coupar Angus.

COVID-19 confirmed cases related to the factory as at 2pm, August 24, 2020:

  • Number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases = 152
  • 134 factory workers and 18 community contacts

Dr Emma Fletcher, Associate Director of Public Health for NHS Tayside, said, “Today’s increase in positive cases was anticipated by the team managing the outbreak as the high volume of contact tracing, which was under way over the weekend, has now been largely complete.

“We are seeing fewer, new cases today for follow-up, however detailed contact tracing continues and we remain in a high state of vigilance across Tayside.

“At the Mobile Testing Units sited across Tayside over the past week, nearly 3500 tests have been completed.  At the two units in Coupar Angus and Dundee which were set up for workers from the 2 Sisters factory, more than 1000 tests have been carried out.

“All workers and their household contacts, including children, should continue to self-isolate until 31 August and I want to make sure everyone is clear that this is even if they have a negative result.

“We paused the reintroduction of indoor visiting in care homes across Tayside, which some homes wanted to re-start today, due to the ongoing situation. This was a very difficult decision for the IMT and we know that this will be very disappointing for care home residents and their loved ones, however, we must ensure that we do everything we can to protect care home residents, staff and their families.

“The IMT is keeping this matter under close review and it will reinstate care home visiting across Tayside as soon as we are satisfied it is safe to do so.

“Our advice remains for everyone across the area to be extra vigilant in following the FACTS guidance, particularly the over 70s and those who were shielding or in high-risk groups.”

www.taysidecares.co.uk - information for factory workers and their household contacts:

New guidance issued on Thursday, 20 August is that all factory workers and anyone living in a household with a factory worker, including any children, must now isolate at home until Monday, 31 August. This guidance, and further detailed information for factory workers and their household contacts is now available in different languages at www.taysidecares.co.uk

What you should do if you have symptoms:

Anyone who has any of the following symptoms should book a test at nhsinform.scot/test-and-protect or call 0800 028 2816 if they are unable to access the online service:

  • a high temperature or fever
  • a new continuous cough 
  • a loss of, or change, in sense of smell or taste

Remember the FACTS guidance:

F – Face coverings. These should be used in shops and on public transport (buses, trains and taxis)

A – Avoid crowded places

C – Clean your hands frequently, using water and soap whenever possible

T – Two metres – observe physical distancing

S – Self-isolate and book a test if you are suffering from COVID-19 symptoms