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Two more confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Chilliwack poultry plant – Mission City Record

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Two more people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus at Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry in Yarrow.

It is the third confirmed case of COVID-19 at the poultry farm after an employee tested positive for the virus earlier this week.

READ MORE: Worker at Chilliwack poultry farm tests positive for COVID-19

While the facility has been closed indefinitely, the company’s retail store called The Farm Store, plus its office and online store remain open.

READ MORE: Chilliwack poultry processing plant ordered to remain closed due to COVID-19

Yesterday some signs of support appeared outside the farm located at Simmons and Vedder Mountain Road.

“It’s been a tough few days and we’re exhausted. But we are greatly moved by your outpouring of support. Many of us teared up this morning when we saw these signs at the farm,” read a post on Facebook. “To whoever put them up, you have no idea how much this means to us – you went out of your way to boost our spirits at a very draining time. Thank you!”

Two other B.C. poultry plants have also closed due to COVID-19. At Superior Poultry in Coquitlam, 52 employees have tested positive, while at United Poultry in Vancouver there are 35 employees with confirmed cases of the virus.


 

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At least 21 employees at St. Catharines greenhouse test positive for COVID-19 – Newstalk 610 CKTB (iHeartRadio)

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At least 21 employees at a St. Catharines greenhouse have tested positive for COVID-19.

Officials with Pioneer Flower Farms say they began testing all employees after three offshore workers began to show symptoms of the virus.

When the results came back, an additional 18 employees tested positive.

Officials say they are planning to continue paying all employees who are entering into self isolation for the next two weeks.

Preventative measures are in place and officials are introducing further methods to limit the spread.

Pioneer Flower Farms employs more than 80 workers.

It was also the scene of a devastating fire last year that destroyed a greenhouse and the residences of migrant workers.

At the time, Fire Chief Jeff McCormick called it ‘the most significant fire that I’ve had in my 33 year career.’

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Union calls on province to take control of a Woodbridge long-term care home after COVID-19 outbreak – durhamradionews.com

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A long-term care home in Woodbridge says 18 people were sent to the hospital on Saturday as a COVID-19 outbreak continued at the facility.

The Woodbridge Vista Care Community has had a dozen residents die of the virus while 80 residents and 20 staff are infected.

The executive vice president of Sienna Senior Living, which operates the home, says the patients had reached a point where their illness needed acute care.

The union that represents front-line workers at the facility is calling on the province to step-in.

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Health officials warn of possible coronavirus exposure at North Battleford Walmart – Globalnews.ca

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Indigenous Services Canada and the Saskatchewan Health Authority are warning anyone who shopped at a North Battleford big box store that they may have been exposed to coronavirus.

Health officials say someone who tested positive for the virus had visited the North Battleford Walmart likely while infectious.

Any members of the public who were at Walmart on May 21 between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. and may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to immediately self-isolate and to call 811.


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All other customers who were at Walmart during this time period should self-monitor daily for symptoms until June 5, say officials.

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Symptoms include fever, chills, cough, headache, aches and pains, sore throat, runny nose, loss of taste of smell, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.

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Should any symptoms appear, people are asked to immediately self-isolate and call local public health at (306) 441-1364.


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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus.

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