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Media Release - Essential service testing identifies positive case

Targeted testing of essential food retail staff identifies positive case

The targeted testing introduced to support certain essential services such as food retailers has identified a positive case. The individual had not developed symptoms.

As the individual had worked across two sites in the previous 14 days, both sites - M&S St Martin's and M&S L'Islet - have been closed to allow deep cleans to be carried out. All staff have also been invited for testing.

The introduction of targeted testing for essential food retailers has allowed both the States of Guernsey and M&S to identify a case that might not have otherwise been detected, to act swiftly to close and clean the stores, and also to invite all other employees from both sites for ongoing regular testing.

Paul Whitfield, Chief Executive of the States of Guernsey said
"Our increased testing capacity, possible because of how we've repurposed the East Arm facility and expanded our hospital facility, is making a very real difference in helping to identify cases. These two stores will be deep cleaned and reopened as soon as it is safe to do so. And that's important too, because we want to maintain a good number of food retailers open at any one time so people aren't having to all go to a handful of locations for their essential supplies."

Customers of these stores do not need to self-isolate unless they are directly contacted by the Contact Tracing Team. They should continue to follow lockdown rules and stay at home, only leaving for essential reasons and they should report any symptoms to the clinical helpline on 01481 756938 or 01481 756969.

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