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Twelve workers at the City of Edmonton recycling plant have been tested positive for the COVID-19, which calls on the facility to close indefinitely.
Interim city manager Adam Laughlin, said Friday the city has been made aware of the outbreak Thursday, after being notified of a positive case, on 9 June. The materials recovery facility (MRF) at the city of the north-east of the Centre of Waste Management was closed down immediately after the first case was detected, and the workers have been sent home.
64 000 square feet, where collected recyclable materials are sorted by hand on a conveyor belt, is the property of the city, but was executed by the contractor Suez Canada Waste management Services since 2014. All workers who have tested positive are employed by Suez, Laughlin said.
“There is no exposure of the public to this facility or the access of the public,“ he said. “Our thoughts and wishes go to those who are employees, and we wish them a speedy recovery.”
First of all, Laughlin has announced that 10 workers have been tested positive, but the Alberta Health Services (AHS) confirmed on Friday in the late afternoon of 12 workers contracted the virus between June 5 and 9. All the people who are considered to be exposed to the outbreak have been notified through the contact investigation, the DADDY spokesman James Wood said.