Outbreak over at North York meat plant linked to 15 COVID-19 variant cases
Bryann Aguilar, CP24 (Canada)
February 18, 2021
An outbreak at a North York meat production facility linked to 15 COVID-19 variant cases has ended, Toronto Public Health says.
Belmont Meats voluntarily closed last month after 78 workers initially tested positive for the novel coronavirus, including two cases of the B.1.1.7 variant that originated in the United Kingdom.
The outbreak was declared over on Monday as there have been no new positive cases in the past 14 days. Toronto Public Health said the outbreak resulted in a total of 97 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Of those cases, eight tested positive for the U.K. variant, and seven more have been screened positive for a variant of concern.
There are 19 active workplace outbreaks in the city, the largest one at Johnvince Foods in North York with 83 COVID-19 cases.
On Thursday, TPH announced that it has added data on variants to its COVID-19 dashboard “to illustrate how cases of variants of concern are spreading in Toronto.”
There have been 57 confirmed variant cases in the city – 56 for the B.1.1.7 strain and one for the P.1 variant that was first identified in Brazil. In addition, TPH said there are 341 cases that have been screened positive for a mutation...
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