Oldbury custody suite reopens after positive coronavirus tests

By Thomas Parkes | Oldbury | News | Published:

A police custody suite in the Black Country has reopened after three members of staff tested positive for coronavirus.

Oldbury Custody Suite

The Oldbury Custody Block was shut down for five days as a deep clean was carried out by staff to curb the spread.

All three staff members are now self-isolating for at least 10 days, as per national guidance, a West Midlands Police spokesman said.

Other members are staff who came into contact with them are now self-isolating for 14 days.

No members of the public detained in the block were assessed to have had significant contact with the infected workers.

Superintendent Martin Hurcomb, from Sandwell Police, said: "Last Sunday we received confirmation of two positive cases and then a third person tested positive on Monday.

"We sought the advice of public health as quickly as possible and were able to put in all appropriate preventative action to minimise any onward infection.

"The custody block has now been re-opened."

Police chiefs have worked with Sandwell Council and Public Health England (PHE) Midlands to identify and contact staff members.

Thomas Parkes

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