It has confirmed that Tesco workers at Exmouth’s superstore have tested positive for coronavirus.
Anita Merritt www.devonlive.com
The precise number has not been disclosed, but Tesco has assured it is a ‘small number’.
It is believed that no colleague at the store has tested positive for Covid-19 in the last seven days.
A member of staff, who did not wish to be named, told Devon Live that employees have been told of more than four positive cases, but have not been told to isolate.
A Tesco spokesperson said: “A small number of colleagues at our Exmouth superstore have tested positive for Covid-19. Their close contacts have been informed.
“The safety of our colleagues, customers and suppliers remains our number one priority and we are working with local public health authorities, following all Government guidance and taking the relevant precautions.
“We have extensive measures across all of our stores to help keep everyone safe, including protective screens at every checkout, social distancing signage and regular cleaning.”
Yesterday, the latest Covid-19 figures for Devon continued to show infection rates rising steadily and more clusters emerging across the county.
Fremington and Instow in North Devon still had the most new positive cases, 42, during the rolling seven-day period up December 15. Chagford, Princetown and Dartmoor saw a steep rise from 16 to 41 cases.
Elsewhere, Wonford and St Loyes had 16 cases in Exeter. The city has seen a 23 per cent case rate increase over seven days. The average rate per 100,000 of population is just above 100. Surrounding areas are now starting to see increases with Cranbrook, Broadclyst and Stoke Canon registering 22.
Clusters in East Devon included Honiton North & East, (21) and Exmouth Brixignton (20). Rates of infection in both areas were above 300 per 100,000 of population. The current rate across England is 262 and rising.
The cluster map was updated on Sunday afternoon (December 20).
It shows a decreasing number of areas recording three or fewer cases – though much of Mid Devon, South Hams, Torbay and parts of Teignbridge are still relatively free of the virus. Clusters are areas with three or more.
Overall Devon had 944 people with at least one positive test result int he most recent seven day period. The rate per 100,000 across the county, excluding Torbay and Plymouth, was 118.