Cargill epidemic claims another as worker father dies from COVID-19 complications

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CALGARY –
Another person linked to the Cargill Meat Processing Plant outbreak in southern Alberta died from complications from COVID-19.

Armando Sallegue, whose son works at Cargill, died this week after being tested positive for the virus on April 23.

On April 26, Sallegue was placed on a ventilator at Rocky View Hospital.

The family started a GoFundMe page last month to help cover the cost of his medical care, since he was in High River, Alberta, visiting a family in the Philippines when he contracted the virus.

Sallegue’s death is the second linked to the Cargill epidemic. Biu Thi Hiep, an employee with more than two decades with Cargill, also died last month from complications from the virus.

Nearly 950 workers at the Cargill plant tested positive for COVID-19. So far, about 800 have recovered.

However, the spread in the community is estimated at around 1,500 cases.

The plant reopened on Monday after a two-week shutdown.

Cargill says he knows COVID-19 has deeply affected the community and that the plant has sent condolences to the family.

The union says most of its members report to work because they need money after two weeks off.

JBS Canada’s beef plant in Brooks, Alberta had 487 cases yesterday.

Together, the two plants account for approximately 70% of Canada’s beef production.

With files from the Canadian Press

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