GERMANY, Hamm. In the slaughterhouse for pigs of the cooperative Westfleisch group in Hamm, Westphalia, further infections have so far been prevented by quarantine measures.
During daily PCR tests of all approximately 1,000 employees at the Hamm-Uentrop meat center, external laboratories have detected a total of 39 positive Corona cases over the past two weeks, Westfleisch reports. The cooperative, headquartered in Münster, Germany, has had all employees tested every day since last summer to detect and break chains of infection as quickly as possible. Since then, a total of over 150,000 tests have been carried out in Hamm alone, according to the company.
"We are in close and very trusting exchange with all those responsible at the city of Hamm," explains Johannes Steinhoff, Westfleisch board member. "With our PCR tests, the results of which are usually available before the next shift starts, with additional rapid tests as well as clear quarantine rules, we can effectively prevent Corona entries into our operations." Those who test positive are all housed in specially rented accommodation, where they are cared for by Westfleisch. A security service monitors compliance with the quarantine. The approximately 60 first-degree contacts are also all in quarantine, the statement continues.
Meanwhile, production continues at the slaughterhouse. "We can continue to reliably take our animals from our contract farmers," Steinhoff emphasizes. An additional so-called "working quarantine" includes only negatively tested persons who are also not category 1 contacts, he said. It is a purely precautionary measure agreed with the city and affects 85 employees.