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Serial testing Covid-19 still lurks among meat factory workers but is under control

The industry had come in for criticism after a series of outbreaks earlier this year including three which forced counties Kildare and Laois back into lock down during August.

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Covid tests at major food processing plants and meat factories have shown the virus is still present but is under control among the workforce.

The industry had come in for criticism after a series of outbreaks earlier this year including three which forced counties Kildare and Laois back into lock down during August.

Now it has emerged that specific testing of workers at various plants have detected very low levels of Covid-19.

In the week ending 23 October, 8,440 swabs were taken with 72 detected cases showing a positivity rate of 0.85% far below the national rate of 4.6%.

According to the Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue, a program of serial testing of workers at larger food plants and other businesses has been on-going.

In a reply to a written parliamentary question from Deputy Holly Cairns he said that so far 42,190 samples have been tested under this program with 219 positives detected – an overall positivity rate of 0.52%.

Minister McConalogue added that other measures have been put in place to protect workers.

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Wearing protective masks, Taoiseach Micheál Martin
and Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue leave a session of the Dáil at the Convention Centre

Wearing protective masks, Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue leave a session of the Dáil at the Convention Centre

Wearing protective masks, Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue leave a session of the Dáil at the Convention Centre

These include temperature checks, the extension of operating hours , “podding” of workers, the provision of additional PPE and the use of perspex screens to allow physical distancing.

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