Chilliwack poultry plant closed due to COVID-19 epidemic


Fraser Health has ordered the closure of a poultry processing plant in Chilliwack as authorities investigate a COVID-19 outbreak at the facility.

Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry was one of two new poultry facilities where the disease was confirmed this week. Two other facilities in Vancouver and Coquitlam were identified last month.

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“The closure order is in effect until Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry can demonstrate that they meet the order parameters, which includes correcting site deficiencies,” Fraser Health said in a press release. Friday, adding that all staff have been tested for the virus.

Earlier this week, the company said a worker tested positive on April 28 and was isolated at home with minor symptoms.

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The other establishment where a worker was identified as having COVID-19 this week, Sofina Foods in Port Coquitlam, remains open for the duration of the investigation.

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“All symptomatic workers have been tested,” said the health authority. “The site has been inspected … and we are working with the facility to update their COVID-19 mitigation strategies.”

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In their daily update on Friday, health officials confirmed 52 cases of Superior Poultry in Coquitlam and 35 cases of United Poultry in East Vancouver, after epidemics were identified last month. Both facilities remain closed.

Officials said United Poultry staff came to work sick for fear of losing income.

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