COVID-19 outbreak declared at Cargill processing facility in Calgary

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COVID-19 outbreak declared at Cargill processing facility in Calgary

An outbreak of COVID-19 has been declared at a Cargill facility in Calgary. It’s a “further processing” facility that provides retail meat products for supermarkets across Western Canada.

Five cases of the virus have been confirmed at the facility, according to the latest provincial update. Approximately 400 people work at the Case Ready facility.

“Widespread testing is underway,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health, said in a tweet. “AHS and OHS have visited the plant and are making sure necessary measures are in place to reduce transmission and protect workers.”

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

The union leader who pushed for stronger safety measures at the site recently said that the meat plant had since greatly improved safety.

More to come.

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