Manitoba to give COVID-19 update after more cases reported at Maple Leaf plant

By | August 6, 2020

WINNIPEG — Manitoba health officials will give an update on COVID-19 in the province after more cases were reported at a Maple Leaf Foods plant in Brandon, Man.

Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, and Health Minister Cameron Friesen will speak at a news conference at the Manitoba Legislative Building at 1 p.m. CTV News Winnipeg will live-stream the event.

On Wednesday, Maple Leaf confirmed a worker at the Brandon plant tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend. On Thursday, the union representing workers at the plant said it was made aware of three more employees who tested positive.

The union is now pushing for the closure of the plant.

Since March, there have been 444 cases of the virus in Manitoba, with eight deaths. As of Wednesday, there were nine people in hospital, with five patients in intensive care.

This is a developing story. More details to come.

– With files from CTV’s Charles Lefebvre.

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