New testing centre opens in Northampton today after Greencore outbreak

It comes as as 292 people have tested positive at a factory which supplies food to Marks and Spencer

By Carly Roberts
Friday, 14th August 2020, 11:41 am
Greencore staff have been sent home to self-isolate after 292 employees tested positive for the virus.
Greencore staff have been sent home to self-isolate after 292 employees tested positive for the virus.

A new testing centre has opened in Nothampton bringing the total of testing sites in the county to five.

The latest centre location is at Moulton Park Industrial Estate where there has been a large outbreak of cases at Greencore.

The walk-in and drive-through site will be based at the former Opus car park on the corner of Summerhouse Road and Deer Park Road.

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Through NHS tests there were 79 positive results and through Greencore's own private testing a further 213 positive results were recorded. Greencore has responded by saying it has done everything it can to keep employees safe.

With more than 2,000 people employed at the campus, the positive tests at Greencore account for around a tenth of the overall workforce.

If you have symptoms today you can get tested at four other sites in the county, which include Market Square in Northampton, London Road car park in Kettering, Tesco Superstore in Wellingborough and James Ashworth VC Square in Corby.

Yesterday, Northampton Borough Council leader Jonathon Nunn said town lockdown is ‘still up for grabs’ and it could go either way as cases continue to rise.

The public will be updated on the local lockdown situation this afternoon as the media are invited to a weekly press conference at 3pm.

The advice from health chiefs in the county remains the same, if anyone is experiencing any of the following coronavirus symptoms, however, mild, should isolate at home with the rest of their household and book a test.

The symtoms include a new, continuous cough a high temperature or loss or change in sense of smell or taste

Tests can be booked online or by calling 119.