Selby covid outbreak confirmed to be centred around Clipper warehouse, with 73 cases in past seven day reporting period

An outbreak of coronavirus in Selby has been confirmed to be centred around the Clipper warehouse near the town centre.

The outbreak, which was confirmed yesterday, has shot Selby up to the top of England’s covid rates table, with some 73 positive cases recorded in the most recent seven day period.

The outbreak, which was confirmed yesterday, has shot Selby up to the top of England’s covid rates table, with some 73 positive cases recorded in the most recent seven day period.

Some 80.6 people per 100,000 are positive for the virus in the district, compared with the England national average of 24.8.

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Clipper, a logistics company, processes returns from online fashion superstore ASOS at its Selby site on Barlby Road.

Last night, a spokesperson for the company said the outbreak had left it “swamped”.

A spokesperson said: “Following reports that a number of team members have tested positive for COVID-19 at Clipper’s Selby DC, Clipper would like to provide reassurance of the measures in place to protect their ongoing health, safety and wellbeing.

“Clipper have done a great job in challenging circumstances over the past few months, but are currently being swamped by the high number of cases in the area.

As a result of team members testing positive for COVID-19, Clipper has been “working closely with Public Health England and the North Yorkshire County Council to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all team members on site is protected.

“Daily on-site testing has commenced and will continue for two weeks following the initial outbreak, and ‘fogging’ will be carried out on a daily basis to protect team members on site.”

The workplace remains open, and Public Health England are tracking the area to contain any community spread.