32 Conestoga Meat Packers employees recover from COVID-19

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44 workers from Conestoga Meat Packers in Breslau have recently tested positive for coronavirus.

This confirmation came from the acting Waterloo Region health medical officer at a press conference on Friday morning.

12 of the cases are now resolved.

At the start of the month, only 11 workers were positive, and the majority of results returned this week.

Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang noted that there was probably a transmission in the factory before it closed for a week in late April.

She said an on-site inspection was carried out last week to make sure the plant was ready to reopen last Monday, making sure all of the recommended measures were in place to prevent the spread of the infection.

Dr. Wang also pointed out that COVID-19 is not a foodborne virus and that pork products from Conestoga Meats are safe.

Conestoga Meat Packers also provided the following statement to 570 NEWS:

Conestoga Meats resumed its transformation operations on May 4, after a week of closure. During the closing week, activities focused on improving processes, procedures and facilities to ensure maximum safety during the pandemic, as our first priority is to ensure the safety of our employees when they are at work. Waterloo Region Public Health has indicated on its website that “COVID-19 is widely distributed in our community. You should assume that you could get COVID-19 anywhere in the Waterloo region. With this as a foundation, Conestoga considered that any member of the team could be a carrier of COVID-19.

The company also said that protective gear and procedures have been adjusted accordingly.

Examples include:

  • A review of each production job was carried out and protections were provided to ensure the safety of team members during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Cover eyes, nose and mouth for each position – all team members wear masks throughout the Conestoga facility
  • Over 150 separators have been installed on the factory floor to support physical distance
  • Plexiglass table dividers have been installed in all dining rooms to improve physical distance
  • Additional cleaning throughout the establishment

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