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Jonathan Motha-Pollock, a spokesperson for Hello Fresh, said the company contacted Alberta Health Services the day it learned of the first positive test. He said he had started tracing contacts and all close contacts who tested positive were sent home on 14-day paid sick leave.
“We take this situation very seriously and are doing everything in our power to continue to deliver fresh food to Canadians’ doors,” Motha-Pollock said in an email.
He said the company continues to work with health authorities to ensure it is following public health recommendations.
The warehouse is one of 24 active outbreaks in the Edmonton area.
An outbreak at the Millwoods Long-Term Care Center has been linked to cases in 28 residents and 16 staff, an update on the Shepherd’s Care Foundation website said Friday. Three residents have died from the epidemic.
Of the 16 staff members, 12 are Shepherd’s Care employees, two are internship students and two are Aramark employees. A staff member recovered.
The province announced 122 new cases on Friday, bringing the number of active cases to 1,558. The Edmonton area continues to have the highest number of infections with 835.
Hospitals in Alberta are treating 64 patients with COVID-19, 15 of whom are in intensive care. Three deaths were added to the provincial figures on Friday, a man in her 90s and a woman in her 50s both in the Calgary area. The death of a woman in her 60s linked to the outbreak at Foothills Medical Center was announced Thursday but was not added to the province’s figures until the next day.