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COVID-19 outbreak declared at farm in Norfolk County

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NORFOLK COUNTY —
An outbreak of COVID-19 has been declared at a Norfolk County farm after public health says three migrant workers have tested positive for the virus.

The three are now in hospital, 26 others are showing symptoms and awaiting results, while 140 people are in self-isolation.

Haldimand-Norfolk Public Health says the migrant workers at Scotlynn Group in Vittoria served their two-week self-isolation period when they first arrived. The risk of transmission from them is no different than anyone else in the community, according to officials.

Scott Biddle, the president of Scotlynn Group, says he wants to make sure no one else has COVID-19.

“We’ve shut down, we’ve disinfected, we’ve cleaned the facilities, harvesters, picklers, and we went a step further and isolated everybody,” he said. “We brought in 207 migrant workers from Mexico and did the self isolating for 14 days as instructed by the health department.

“It’s been about 25 days now that they’ve been out and working.”

Haldimand-Norfolk’s medical officer Dr. Shanker Nesathurai says that if someone had COVID-19, they would have cleared it during the two-week period.

The next step, according to Nesathurai, is contact tracing.

“The goal of the public health service ultimately is to try to contain the number of cases and identify people that might be exposed,” he said.

Biddle adds that the workers stay contained on the farm and only go to the grocery store before hours.

“They have no real other interaction with the community,” he said.

Testing is underway for those who live at the three affected residences, other farm employees, and some community members.

“Although this is a challenge, it is a manageable challenge,” said Nesathurai.

Food safety and security expert Sylvain Charlebois says consumers do not need to be concerned about the outbreak at the farm.

“You have a better chance of getting sick from salmonella or E.coli than COVID-19,” he said.

Biddle says they are waiting for negative test results before they can get back to business.

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30 workers at Vaughan, Ont., mushroom farm test positive for COVID-19 – Canada.com

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VAUGHAN, Ont. — Health officials say they are looking into an outbreak of COVID-19 at a mushroom farm in Vaughan, Ont.

York Region Public Health says the “workplace cluster” involves 30 workers at Ravine Mushroom Farm.

The agency says it has determined the risk of transmitting the virus to the general public is low.

It is also following up with those who have come in close contact with the infected workers.

The public health agency says it has inspected the facility to review and reinforce infection prevention and control measures.

It says it has also reaffirmed the importance of not having employees work when they are sick.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 7, 2020.

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30 workers at Vaughan mushroom farm test positive for COVID-19 – Toronto Sun

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Health officials say they are looking into an outbreak of COVID-19 at a mushroom farm in Vaughan.

York Region Public Health says the “workplace cluster” involves 30 workers at Ravine Mushroom Farm.

The agency says it has determined the risk of transmitting the virus to the general public is low.

It is also following up with those who have come in close contact with the infected workers.

The public health agency says it has inspected the facility to review and reinforce infection prevention and control measures.

It says it has also reaffirmed the importance of not having employees work when they are sick.

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8 new coronavirus cases identified in Ottawa on Monday – Globalnews.ca

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Ottawa Public Health’s (OPH) novel coronavirus case tally rose by eight on Monday as the city’s streak of days without a death related to the virus hit double digits.

The local public health unit says it’s identified 2,118 lab-confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Ottawa since the pandemic was first declared in mid-March.

There are currently 54 active cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, in Ottawa, but 85 per cent of previously identified cases are now marked resolved.

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Three people are currently in hospital with the disease.

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Some 263 people in the city have died as a result of COVID-19 — that figure has remained unchanged for the past 10 days.

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OPH also said Monday the outbreak at the Peter D. Clark long-term care facility ended on July 4, which marked at least 14 days since a resident or staff member last tested positive for the virus.

The outbreak at the city-run long-term care home was first declared on April 28. There were 45 coronavirus cases linked to the Peter D. Clark outbreak, with eight residents dying as a result of complications from COVID-19.

Staff at the home are now starting to schedule outdoor visits between residents and family members.

There is now only one Ottawa institution currently facing an outbreak: the Rideau building at the Perley & Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre.

Eleven people have tested positive for the virus at the long-term care home’s Rideau facility, with one resident dying in connection to COVID-19.






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