COVID-19 outbreak at Thunder Creek Pork plant in Moose Jaw

The plant employs about 265 people, but management declined to say how many workers are infected.


White-Crummey, Saskatoon Star Phoenix (Canada)

Nov 17, 2020


The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Thunder Creek Pork plant in Moose Jaw.


The outbreak at the meat processing facility was declared on Monday, according to a listing on the SHA website, but it did not appear online until Tuesday.


The Thunder Creek Pork plant, owned by B.C. based Donald’s Fine Foods, employs about 265 people in Moose Jaw.


Neil Ketilson, Donald’s industry relations manager, called the situation “fluid” and was unable to provide any information about the number of cases or the number of potential exposures at the plant.


The SHA declares an oubreak when “two or more people test positive for COVID19 and are all linked to a specific non-household setting or event within a specified time period,” according to its website.


Ketilson confirmed Tuesday that the plant remains open.


“We’re working with public health and taking their advice,” he said.

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Some of Canada’s largest COVID-19 outbreaks have erupted in meat processing plants this spring. Cargill’s plant just outside High River, Alta., was linked to more than 1,500 cases as of May, while the JBS Canada facility in Brooks, Alta., was connected to hundreds more.


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