OHS investigating Canada’s largest COVID-19 outbreak at a Cargill meat plant after a worker’s death and 440 Confirmed Employee Cases.

580 cases of coronavirus linked to Cargill meat-processing plant south of Calgary. Alberta Occupational Health and Safety is investigating two outbreaks of COVID-19 at Alberta meat-processing plants, one of which is the largest outbreak linked to a single site in Canada.

There are now 580 cases linked to the outbreak at the Cargill facility near High River, 440 of whom are Cargill employees.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/ohs-fatality-inquiry-cargill-1.5541655

COVID-19 Outbreak discovered at United Poultry Company Ltd., a Vancouver chicken processing plant with 28 COVID-19 cases discovered so far. The infected staff member had worked in the processing plant while symptomatic, prompting a public health team to be sent to the plant Monday.  Several other workers had symptoms, so they decided to test all 71 staff members present and that resulted in 27 more positive cases.

The plant has been shut down, and will remain so for at least 14 more days

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/covid-19-outbreak-vancouver-chicken-222508490.html

Smithfield Foods South Dakota Pork Plant with 700 COVID-19 Infected Employees Shuts Down Indefinitely:

  • Smithfield Foods shuttered plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, indefinitely
  • More than 700 of the plant’s 3,700 employees have been infected with COVID-19
  • The pork-processing plant is one of the country’s largest COVID-19 clusters 
  • Plant employees make up around half of South Dakota’s active cases 
  • The company denied claims it failed to act after initial COVID-19 cases were known 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8238815/South-Dakota-pork-plant-one-biggest-COVID-19-clusters-blames-immigrant-workers.html

Gulfstream Closes Two Georgia Manufacturing Facilities Due to Employees Testing Positive for COVID-19:

https://www.assemblymag.com/articles/95622-gulfstream-closes-two-ga-manufacturing-facilities-due-to-covid-19

Amazon and it’s subsidiary Whole Foods started using thermal cameras in all of its global warehouses and employee entrances to detect COVID-19

Apple Foxconn announced that it has resumed normal operations at its iPhone manufacturing facilities. Workers’ temperatures are now monitored with infrared/thermal cameras, to alert to early signs of COVID-19 illness.

https://mashable.com/article/foxconn-coronavirus-prevention-manufacturing-iphone-factory/?europe=true

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