COVID-19 outbreak declared at Cargill processing plant in Calgary

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A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at a Cargill facility in Calgary. It is an “additional processing” facility that supplies retail meat products to supermarkets in Western Canada.Five cases of the virus have been confirmed at the facility, according to the latest provincial update.

About 400 people work at the Case Ready facility, which is separate from the High River facility, which has experienced the largest COVID-19 workplace outbreak in North America.

“There are a lot of tests going on,” said Dr Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer, in a tweet. “AHS and OHS have visited the factory and are making sure the necessary measures are in place to reduce transmission and protect workers. ”

Daniel Sullivan, a spokesperson for Cargill, said the five people who tested positive are now in isolation and receiving medical attention.

The largest single coronavirus outbreak

Earlier this year, there were over 950 cases tied to the Cargill meat processing plant near High River, south of Calgary. That number made it, at one point, the largest COVID-19 workplace outbreak in North America.

“They are two different facilities. Cargill learned from the High River experience and began to implement things at [the facility in Calgary]UFCW Local 401 spokesperson Michael Hughes said.

“But whenever there’s a cluster like this in one workplace, especially in a meat factory, we’re worried.

Hughes said the union was in the plant every day and had been on appeal with AHS, Cargill and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to assess the situation.

Union president Thomas Hesse, who called for tighter safety measures at the High River facility, recently said the meat factory has since significantly improved safety.

More soon.

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