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Diageo monitoring Glen Ord Maltings plant after staff test positive for Covid-19

By Hector MacKenzie

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Glen Ord Maltings in Muir of Ord.
Picture: Gary Anthony
Glen Ord Maltings in Muir of Ord. Picture: Gary Anthony

A ROSS-SHIRE company says it is carefully monitoring the situation at a plant where several staff tested positive for Covid-19.

Four members of staff at Glen Ord Maltings tested positive for the virus at the Muir of Ord site, which supplies a number of Diageo brands.

The maltings is located next to Glen Ord Distillery.

A Diageo spokesperson said: “The health and safety of our people, their families and the community is our number one priority. We have stringent protocols and procedures in place to ensure our workplaces are as safe as possible.

“Four employees at Glen Ord Maltings have tested positive for Covid-19 over the last week. All the safety protocols and procedures have been followed, including sanitation and contact tracing. We continue to monitor the situation very carefully at Glen Ord as we do across all our sites. The site remains open and as part of normal operational planning, resources are flexed as required.”

The spokesperson added that on-site the company is keeping numbers to a minimum to allow the process to be managed safely.

A spokesman for NHS Highland said: "NHS Highland is aware of confirmed cases of Covid-19 associated with Glen Ord Maltings in Muir of Ord.

"Our health protection team are carrying out contact tracing and are also giving the appropriate advice and guidance to the staff."

A Highland Council spokesperson said: "The NHS Highland health protection team lead on all public health issues and our environmental health team provide support and actively follow up investigations.

"We are working closely with NHS Highland’s health protection team on their investigations. The council is not able to provide any further details but we understand further contract tracing is being conducted and we are continuing to work with the health protection team to obtain all the track and trace details of anyone who has tested positive."

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