Following reports in the Bracknell News that two members of staff at the Martins Heron Tesco have tested positive for Covid 19, Timothy Wheadon of Brackenll Forest has issued a statement, saying that the Council is aware of the 'speculation'.

"Statement on speculation around coronavirus cases at Martins Heron Tesco

Timothy Wheadon, Chief Executive of Bracknell Forest Council, said:

"We aware of speculation online regarding two cases of coronavirus at Martins Heron Tesco.

“We have an outbreak control plan in place, which we have now activated, and would like to reassure residents that we are working with partners, including Tesco and Public Health England, to investigate the situation and will take appropriate action, once all the facts are established, in line with the plan.

“Meanwhile we would ask the public to remain vigilant and to please continue with good health and hygiene practices, including regular hand washing, social distancing, wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces and on public transport and avoiding large crowds and gatherings.

“Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms must self-isolate and get tested via the NHS Test and Trace system.”

Information on symptoms and testing can be found via the NHS website 

Specialists from Public Health England (PHE) South East are providing expert advice and support to the Tesco Superstore in Bracknell, following a significantly small number of cases of COVID-19. Staff identified as close contacts of cases are self-isolating at home.

Dr Conall Watson, Consultant in Health Protection at PHE South East, said:

“We are working closely with Tesco and Bracknell Forest Council and NHS partners to provide public health advice and help prevent the spread of the virus. Having assessed the available evidence around these cases we have concluded that the risk to the wider public is minimal and people should go about their normal business but continue to pay attention to public health guidance and any in-store instructions to help keep everyone safe and well.

“Workplaces are following national guidance and ensure that anyone with symptoms self isolates for seven days, and their household members isolate for 14 days. Close contacts of confirmed cases are asked to self-isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms, to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus.

“Employers have been asked to take certain measures to help reduce the spread of the virus, including ensuring staff can maintain two metre social distancing wherever possible, employees wash their hands more often than usual for 20 seconds with soap and water and frequently touched surfaces are cleaned regularly.”