New Track, Trace and Protect system helps contain outbreak
The Leader of Gwynedd Council has praised the new Test, Trace and Protect system in limiting the spread of Coronavirus following the outbreak at the 2 Sisters plant in Llangefni.
As soon as the cases connected to the 2 Sisters plant in Llangefni were identified, a rapid screening of the workforce was launched. All individuals with a confirmed case, including a number who live in the Arfon area of Gwynedd were contacted by the new Test, Trace and Protect (TTP) teams. Those confirmed with Coronavirus, as well as those who they have been in contact with have been advised to self-isolate.
Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn, Gwynedd Council Leader said: “The response to this outbreak is an excellent example of partners working together proactively to deliver a coordinated TTP strategy across the region to protect local people. I have no doubt that this new approach is helping to limit the spread of the virus in the wider community.
“As part of the response, the TTP teams have worked tirelessly to trace contacts between the staff working at the plant and other residents, and I am extremely grateful to them for their vital work. This local effort has been supplemented by tracing teams from other parts of Wales, and we thank them for this support.
“As a community, we are grateful to everyone who has tested positive, and those who have been in contact with them for following the self-isolating guidance. By doing so, they are playing a vital role in stopping the spread of the virus and keeping our region safe.
“Whilst local people can be confident that the contact tracing system is working well, this outbreak is a clear reminder that Coronavirus remains a real risk to our communities.
“Throughout the lockdown period, the people of Gwynedd have acted responsibly in adhering to the Welsh Government’s guidelines. Now more than ever, it is important that all of us continue to keep up the good work by following the social distancing guidance in full.
“By staying two metres away from other people, following strict hand hygiene guidelines, working from home where possible and avoiding car-sharing with people from other households, we will keep ourselves, our families and communities safe.”
Any member of the public who develops symptoms of cough, fever or change in sense of taste or smell, must book a test for COVID-19 immediately to help control the spread of infection – tests can be requested here: https://gov.wales/apply-coronavirus-test