The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) will on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, to Friday, July 10, 2020 close down its head office for fumigation exercise.
This is after some of its workers tested positive for COVID-19 during a mass testing exercise.
According to a press release on Monday, July 6, 2020, the closure “has become necessary due to the mass testing the organization is currently undertaking which has resulted in some staff members testing positive for COVID-19.”
“All necessary arrangements have been made for the affected staff to receive the necessary medical attention and contact tracing is currently ongoing to enforce quarantine and isolation measures,” the statement added.
The COCOBOD has thus urged all individuals and companies with urgent business to contact its online portal.
Growing workplace infections
COCOBOD is the latest workplace to be hit by significant COVID-19 infections.
Workplaces have been noted to be contributing to recent surges in COVID-19 cases.
The Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) yesterday [Monday, July 6, 2020], closed down its head office at Dzorwulu after 46 employees tested positive for the virus.
At a fish-processing factory in Tema, one worker is believed to have infected 533 other workers at the facility, contributing to the surge in cases in those areas.
The spread at the factory garnered international attention as it was the largest number of confirmed cases within a single organisation in Ghana.
In Obuasi, a surge in cases in May was traced to a couple doing business in the central market.
The workplace cases compelled the government to outline safety measures to guide institutions in tackling the spread of the virus at their premises.
Ghana’s COVID-19 case count currently stands at 21, 077 [As of July 6, 2020].