Five employees of Clover in Bloemfontein have tested positive for Covid-19. This comes after the Free State Department of Health reported that one worker tested positive for the virus last week, before being quarantined.
There are two Clover factories in Bloemfontein, one of which is reportedly a yogurt production plant, which was affected by the outbreak. According to Clover Company Secretary, Jacques van Heerden, all employees at the factory have been tested as it remains temporarily closed.
“The production facilities at the factory underwent a series of deep cleaning processes and all staff underwent testing. Operations have been temporarily stopped whilst the outstanding test results become available. Clover will resume operations in due course with employees who have tested negative for Covid-19,” he explained.
According to Free State Health spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi, a Covid-19 contact tracing operation was done at the factory last weekend, which resulted in the testing of 369 people.
“The Department of Health appreciates the cooperation we received from Clover who opened its doors and allowed full access to its premises, including enabling the department to test all their employees,” said Mvambi.
The dairy company stated that they are in regular contact with employees who tested positive for the virus as well as those who are currently in quarantine as part of standard procedures for people who present symptoms of Covid-19.
“Dedicated support is in place for them, including the provision of food parcels. At this stage, they are all in a good medical condition, as are their relatives,” said Van Heerden.
“From the end of March, Clover adjusted its operations in line with the lockdown conditions and only essential employees are working on site. All operational factories have access to surgical masks and hand sanitiser, private transport is available in line with strict hygiene protocols, and additional compensation is provided for employees on the front line.
“All these measures are aimed at protecting each and every employee and support the company’s commitments to deliver products that are essential to the health and well-being of fellow South Africans,” he added.