Langenhagen - At the postal service provider UPS in Langenhagen near Hanover, 72 employees of the distribution center were infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The Ministry of Social Affairs and the Hanover region announced this yesterday. 55 employees whose test initially came back negative should be retested.
Cases in daycare center and school in Hanover are also related to the infection at UPS, the region announced.
Families with professional connection to the company were asked to be vigilant for any symptoms of illness. According to current knowledge, parcel deliverers are not affected. Mail could therefore be received without risk, it said.
After there was steady increase in cases after the first infection in mid-May, the health department and the company identified the affected departments on May 18, declared the region. The hygiene measures were checked on site to ensure that the clearances in the work process were observed.
It has been mandatory to wear mask on the company premises since mid-May. Last Tuesday, the health department had another 80 employees tested as precaution - the result was negative for 55. You will be retested today. UPS wanted to comment on the effects of the infections yesterday. At first, no opinion was received.
As the medical officer of the Hanover region explained, the increased risk of infections in companies and facilities such as schools and daycare centers, where many people come together, persists. The health department follows the contacts of every reported case of infection in order to break the chain of infection at an early stage.