Worker at Maple Leaf Foods plant in Brandon tests positive for COVID-19

By | August 5, 2020

A worker at the Maple Leaf Foods plant in Brandon, Man., has tested positive for COVID-19, says a memo from the union that represents its workers.

The employee has not worked at the pork processing facility since July 28, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 832 said in a memo to its members.

People that were in contact with the employee are self-isolating at home, the union said.

The union also said two deep cleans of the area where the person was working were done over the weekend.

CBC News has reached out to Maple Leaf Foods for information, but hasn’t yet received a response.

The union hasn’t said what the member did at the plant. 

Several meat processing plants in Alberta grappled with COVID-19 outbreaks in the spring. 

The JBS plant in Brooks, Harmony Beef in Balzac and Cargill in High River all saw positive cases. More than 1,500 cases of COVID-19 were linked to the Cargill plant, Alberta health officials said, with more than 940 employees testing positive.

A class action lawsuit has been filed against the company. 

A security guard at the Maple Leaf Plant in Brandon previously tested positive for COVID-19 in May. 

At the time, the union said the guard had not been at the plant for more than two weeks and believed he got sick after his last shift.

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