Five A63 Castle Street scheme site staff test positive for COVID-19
Five people working at the A63Castle Street upgrade site have tested positive for coronavirus, leaving one employee “very worried about contracting covid”.
The employee who wishes to remain anonymous said: “Work is carrying on regardless with no extra precautions being put in place.
“I am very worried about contracting covid and spreading it to my family and the wider community.”
The member of staff’s concerns come after the fifth employee tested positive yesterday (January 20), but Highways England say the five cases reported are not connected.
Of the five who tested positive, four are currently self-isolating whilst the fifth has already completed their self-isolation period and has since returned to work at Castle Street, according to Highways England.
Despite the employee’s fears, Highway England say they are practising strict safeguarding measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
The news comes as work began at the start of the month to enter the A63 upgrade scheme into its next phase which will see the demolition of the former Myton Centre in William Street to make room for new planting and landscaping.
The scheme has already been hit by the effects of the virus, after it was revealed that the multi-million pound ‘Murdoch’s Connection’ bridge over Castle Street would not open until 2021 after delays caused by pandemic.
A spokesperson for Highways England said: “All Highways England sites have strict safeguarding measures, in line with Public Health England guidance, to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and none of the sites are open to the public.
“Yesterday there was a fifth positive case within a 14-day period and so, in line with regulations, we notified Public Health England. We had a call with PHE and the agency confirmed it is happy with the measures we have in place; that the level of cases is fully in line with what it’s seeing elsewhere; and that the five cases we reported are not connected.”