The Cargill meat-processing plant located near High River, Alta. is facing at least 45 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the union that represents its workers.
Tom Hesse, UFCW Local 401 president, said it’s likely that the actual cases at the plant far outpace that number, given word he’s received of high absentee rates and the high transmissibility of the Omicron variant.
“When I first asked for this plant to close [in 2020], I essentially said what I’m saying now: go fast and go hard,” Hesse said. “Don’t wait. Do everything you can, and do it right away.
“And so what we’re saying to Cargill is, go fast, and go hard and protect your workers.”
The union sent a letter to the company on Jan. 6, requesting responses to the following:
- Whether the company had completed an independent ventilation and air quality assessment.
- Whether the company was providing employees with suitable masks.
- Whether the company has adjusted its approach to sick pay.
- Whether rapid tests are available.
Hesse said he has yet to receive a response to the letter.
A spokesperson with Cargill didn’t respond to a request for comment sent Thursday.
Earlier this week, Cargill spokesperson Daniel Sullivan told The Canadian Press that their production capacity has been unaffected during the Omicron wave.
Sullivan added that case numbers at the company’s facility “tend to ebb and flow with community numbers.”
The outbreak is not yet listed on Alberta Health Services online database. A spokesperson with Alberta Health said updated numbers would be provided on Monday.
An outbreak in 2020 saw at least 950 staff at the facility — nearly half its workforce — test positive.
Two workers — 67-year-old Hiep Bui and 51-year-old Benito Quesada — died of COVID-19, as did Armando Sallegue, a worker’s 71-year-old father.
Another outbreak was called early last year, prior to the emergence of the omicron variant, that resulted in dozens of cases.
Later in 2021, an on-site clinic was rolled out to immunize the more than 2,000 workers at the plant.
There is no mandatory vaccination policy at Cargill. Hesse said uptake for vaccinations was in excess of 85 per cent.
“But those were the initial doses. I have no figures on booster shots, and Cargill has not yet responded to my letter on whether or not they plan to have booster shot clinics at the site,” he said.
The plant processes about up to 4,500 head of cattle per day, representing a third of Canada’s beef.
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Apple requires employees to have proof of a COVID booster as Omicron spreads, according to reports – Euronews
Apple will require retail and corporate employees to provide proof of a COVID-19 booster shot, The Verge reported on Saturday citing an internal email.
Starting January 24, unvaccinated employees or those who haven’t submitted proof of vaccination will need negative COVID-19 tests to enter Apple workplaces, the report said.
The Verge said it was not immediately clear if the testing requirement applies to both corporate and retail employees.
“Due to waning efficacy of the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines and the emergence of highly transmissible variants such as Omicron, a booster shot is now part of staying up to date with your COVID-19 vaccination to protect against severe disease,” the memo read, according to The Verge.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters for comment.
Many companies in the US have been strengthening their COVID-19 rules, mandating vaccination and delaying back-to-office plans as the Omicron variant increases infections across the country.
This week, Facebook parent Meta Platforms mandated COVID-19 booster shots for all workers returning to offices. It also delayed U.S. office reopenings to March 28, from an earlier plan of January 31.
Alphabet Inc’s Google on Friday said it was temporarily mandating weekly COVID-19 tests for people entering its US offices.
A report by The Information said Amazon.com Inc has offered its US warehouse workers $40 (€35) to get a booster shot.
The mid-2012 MacBook Pro 13-inch will soon become obsolete – Vaughan Today
Apple will declare the mid-2012 13.3-inch MacBook Pro a “legacy” on January 31, according to an internal memo intercepted by Apple. Mac rumors. This is the last step before it becomes permanently outdated: it means that Apple will stop providing compatible parts to Apple Stores and Authorized Service Centers. It will always be possible to get a repair in the event of a breakdown, but within the limits of the available parts: this will therefore be increasingly difficult, up to the complete obsolescence that must be declared in a couple of years. You can refer to the list of old and outdated products on this page.
The mid 2012 13.3-inch MacBook Pro is the last model to feature an integrated CD/DVD drive. It was on sale until October 2016 to provide a more affordable alternative to models with Retina displays, which explains this late obsolescence. It is particularly reliable and offers interesting upgrade possibilities for people who want to replace the optical drive with a second volume. It is a standout model. Its time and about to give it up.
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