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· Labour group demands meeting over COVID-19 outbreak at Olymel pork plant in Alberta
· Labour leaders blast public health officials over Olymel outbreak
· Alberta says it didn't close slaughterhouse because firm had been 'successful' in preventing COVID-19 spread
· Nurses, contact tracers responding to Olymel pork plant outbreak in Alberta
Labour group demands meeting over COVID-19 outbreak at Olymel pork plant in Alberta
The Canadian Press
via Yahoo News - February 16, 2021
RED DEER, Alta. — The president of the Alberta Federation of Labour wants a meeting with the premier and provincial labour minister to ensure workplaces with COVID-19 outbreaks are shut down.
Gil McGowan is making the demand a day after Olymel indefinitely closed its pork plant in central Alberta, which has been linked to hundreds of virus cases and the death of one worker.
He says he aims to remind the United Conservative government that its job is to protect the public and not the profits of corporations.
A statement from the labour group links to a letter that Alberta Health Services wrote to Olymel last week...
Labour leaders blast public health officials over Olymel outbreak
Alberta Federation of Labour president Gil McGowan said public health officials should have mandated the closure of the plant — and not left it up to Olymel management to shut its doors
Amanda Stephenson, Calgary Herald (Canada)
Feb 17, 2021
Labour leaders are taking aim at public health officials for failing to mandate a shutdown of the Olymel pork processing plant at Red Deer once it became apparent that COVID-19 was spreading rapidly among the facility’s workforce.
On Tuesday, the Alberta Federation of Labour released a copy of a letter it obtained dated Feb. 11 and addressed to Olymel management from Dr. Mohammed Mosli, medical officer of health for Alberta Health Services’ Central zone.
In the letter, Mosli states that as of Feb. 10, a total of 197 cases had been recorded among Olymel employees since the outbreak at the plant was declared in November. He cautions plant management that on-site testing conducted at the facility yielded a 20 per cent positivity rate.
“According to this rate, around 1 in 5 workers at the plant may be infected and spreading the virus,” Mosli writes...
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Alberta says it didn't close slaughterhouse because firm had been 'successful' in preventing COVID-19 spread
Olymel announced Monday it would close Red Deer plant amid growing outbreak that claimed one life
Sarah Rieger, CBC News (Canada)
Feb 16, 2021
Alberta's chief medical officer of health says the province chose not to shut down a slaughterhouse that is the site of a growing COVID-19 outbreak that claimed the life of one worker because for months the company had been successfully keeping transmission down.
On Monday, the company — Quebec-based Olymel — announced it would voluntarily close its Red Deer, Alta., pork processing plant, saying that due to the growing outbreak it could no longer operate in a safe and efficient manner.The announcement marked an abrupt change of position hours after a company spokesperson told CBC News the plant would remain open.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) were not involved in that decision. Both had approved the plant to continue operating.
As of Tuesday, there were 343 cases of COVID-19 linked to the current outbreak, 200 of which were active...
Employees said they felt unsafe at work ...
Nurses, contact tracers responding to Olymel pork plant outbreak in Alberta
By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press
via Global News - February 16, 2021
Alberta Health Services says it is responding directly to a COVID-19 outbreak that has infected hundreds at a hog slaughterhouse where almost two-thirds of workers have at least one other job outside the plant.
Spokeswoman Heather Kipling said Tuesday nurses and contact tracers with experience in communicable disease control are helping manage the outbreak at Olymel’s pork plant in Red Deer, Alta. The health agency is also arranging for ongoing testing to monitor for asymptomatic spread.
Alberta Health has been notified of 343 cases linked to this outbreak. Of these, 200 are active, 142 recovered. One worker has died.
Olymel said late Monday...
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