Update from Chicory Crops – July 15th
Following the recent high profile local outbreak of C19, I thought it would be prudent to write an update of how we are getting on at Chicory Crops
Our last intake of people was nearly 3 weeks ago and we are therefore past the official quarantine period for all employees
We imposed our own farm quarantine from our first intake in May and no seasonal staff have left site since other than the 4 drivers to collect the Morrisons click and collect deliveries and to go to work in the various fields round the village.
All seasonal labour was divided up into 4 bubbles prior to arrival and they travelled, worked and lived in those bubbles.
All communal facilities were timetabled for those bubbles and extra field and campsite toilets were brought in to support this, split down by bubble.
Following the completion of the 2 weeks quarantine since the last arrival, 4 bubbles have now been amalgamated into 2 bubbles and split by nationality. Bulgarians share one set of facilities and Romanians the other.
We took the decision to stop packing and use the packhouse for a welfare area for the bubbles. All our fruit is being packed off site and we thank all those who are helping us with this.
There are 6 members of staff that live off site and come to work every day. These 6 have been identified as the highest risk of introducing the virus to the business and will be wearing orange high vis jackets from now on. This allows the seasonal staff living on site to see them from a long way away and manage their social distancing accordingly.
David – Our farm lockdown baby who was born 4 months yesterday is doing well with his mum and dad in their updated caravan. No baby bath in the original caravan!
We are still running the C19 village shop and it is still popular. It is an honesty box shop and requires no interaction with the public so can be done safely.
We are on a heightened state of alert anyway but following the local outbreak, we have modified our approach accordingly and believe that stopping people from going to pubs, shops, nightclubs etc was the right way to manage it albeit very difficult for all involved. We will be continuing in this approach for the foreseeable future.
Our next complication is managing the intake of our 4 tunnel gang boys from Poland. We think that we will put them in the caravan that we moved as a C19 isolation unit away from all the other accommodation. They will have their own designated vehicles and will not be interacting with the rest of the farm.
Please share with people who may be interested/involved. This whole situation is difficult for everyone and we will continue to update our approach as things change with support and guidance from both the government and colleagues in the industry.
Looking after each other
Several people in the village have asked about volunteering to check on elderly neighbours, ensure they have enough food etc. This is a really positive thing to do and we should all try to be more neighbourly and to look out for those who may be in need, particularly if, as seems likely, anyone over 70 (and those who live with them) will be asked to self-quarantine for up to four months).
The sort of help that may be needed could include grocery shopping, dog walking, picking up prescriptions etc.
This is a suggested Note which you could give to neighbours if you want to offer to help.
We also have this Poster which people can display in their window to alert visitors that they are in quarantine or self isolation.
We have a whatsapp group for volunteers. If you would like to be part of the group please send your name, email, address and mobile phone details to us via the contact us page on the website.
The Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire has written a Letter to thank everyone for their efforts during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Where to get supplies
These are some suggested suppliers. If you know of others who should be added please contact us
Chicory Crops have a selection of basic supplies which have included apples, eggs, onions, flour and potatoes. They are in the Chicory Crops yard and payment can be left in the honesty box.
Moody Cow Essentials Shop
The Moody Cow is running an Essentials Shop.
Every day the Moody Cow’s website http://www.moodycowpub.com/latest-news will list a range of essential items which can be ordered in advance. Orders placed before 11am will be available for contactless collection the following day
Newent doctors practice is providing a prescription delivery service for its self-isolating and shielded patients. Deliveries to Upton Bishop will be made on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. newentdoctors.nhs.uk/practice_news/
The Moody Cow is offering takeaway meals Weds-Sat evenings http://www.moodycowpub.com/food.html#drinks
The Royal British Legion will help with shopping and deliveries. Please contact Jane on 780385 or email@example.com.
Gorsley Post office & Community Shop – well stocked with fresh bread and cakes , milk and loads of basic goods https://www.gorsleycommunityshop.co.uk/
The Forest Bakery, Longhope. You can order online and then collect from the shop. They also sell flour and yeast and offer a refill service for cleaning products and shampoos etc
Contactless payments only please!
Hanks Meat and Game offer a delivery service
Coffee morning postponed
The coffee morning in aid of Farm Africa on March 28th has been postponed until the Autumn.
Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)
The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
The latest information on symptoms of Coronovirus infection and areas where recent travel may have resulted in a high risk of exposure can be found on nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
new continuous cough and/or
The government has published guidance for people staying at home with confirmed or possible coronavirus:
- If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
- This action will help protect others in your community whilst you are infectious.
- Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home.
- Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home.
- Stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible.
- Sleep alone, if that is possible.
- Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water.
- Stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible.
- You do not need to call NHS111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999. See link to PHE website for more info
- Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also catch the virus by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
- Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict guidelines. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals and returned home also in isolation.
- Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze, then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel
- wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport and use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- avoid close contact with people who are unwell
You can find the latest information and advice about coronavirus at
- Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
- World Health Organisation at https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
- NHS England at https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/eprr/coronavirus/
- NHS Conditions at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/