New public health guidance requires the households of workers at the 2 Sisters food processing plant to self isolate until August 31.
The Incident Management Team issues the new advice to the households of factory employees as they work to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Even if the worker has tested negative for the virus, self isolation for the household is still necessary.
The guidelines also apply to children.
Dr Emma Fletcher, Associate Director of Public Health for NHS Tayside, said, “This is a critical change to our advice this evening. We are putting in place this extra measure to help prevent further spread of the infection in the community.
“It’s also really important that everyone in the Tayside area is extra vigilant in following the FACTS guidance, in particular the over 70s, and those who were shielding or in high-risk groups.
“A large proportion of the workforce has already come forward for testing which is excellent but we would strongly encourage all workers who have not yet been tested to take up this offer, even if they don’t have any symptoms.
“We continue to work closely with the factory and Local Authority colleagues to ensure that all workers have the right information and support to access testing.”
NHS Tayside announced that from August 2, 43 positive cases were reported that are confirmed to be linked to the factory, with 37 of them being factory workers and six contacts of workers.
So far, the cases have been mild and no one has required medical care.
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