Public Health response to confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Coventry supermarket

Public Health England has confirmed nine cases of COVID-19 among staff at the Tesco Extra store in Arena Park Shopping Centre, Coventry.

Pictured: Tesco Extra store at Arena Park Shopping Centre in Coventry.

The Public Health team at Coventry City Council and Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed nine known cases of COVID-19 in Coventry among people working at Tesco Extra at Arena Park Shopping Centre.

Public health partners have said they are thoroughly assessing the situation, including tracing of any contacts of the individuals with the virus, and working closely with the supermarket’s management team.

The store has undergone a deep clean of targeted areas, to reduce the risk of infection being spread.

A group of staff members identified as being in closer contact with affected individuals are to be tested for COVID-19 as a priority.

Dr Roger Gajraj, a consultant in communicable disease control for PHE, commented on the confirmed cases: “The management at Tesco Arena Park are cooperating fully with public health professionals to protect the health and wellbeing of their workforce and wider public health.

“The individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 are all isolating for at least 10 days, with their household members advised to self-isolate for 14 days – as per national guidance.”

Liz Gaulton, Director of Public Health for Coventry, explained: “This incident is a timely reminder that this pandemic is not over. Everyone still needs to play their part in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

“Over the last two weeks, we have seen a gradual rise in numbers of COVID-19 cases in Coventry.

“Anyone that shows symptoms should seek a test immediately. If you have been in contact with a confirmed case but are not showing symptoms, you should self-isolate for the full 14 days.

Jamie Tonks, Tesco Coventry Arena store manager, commented: “The safety of our colleagues and customers is our number one priority and our team is engaging with Public Health authorities, following their advice and taking all the relevant precautions, including targeted cleaning and arranging testing for colleagues.”

The supermarket remains open and is thought to be safe to visit, though public health officials did not comment in that regard.