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Canada: COVID-19 cases identified at a Simplot potato processing plant

Two employees at a potato processing in Portage la Prairie in Canada’s Manitoba province have tested positive for COVID-19, and 14 are in self-quarantine. On Thursday evening, J.R. Simplot confirmed employees had tested positive for COVID-19 within the Portage la Prairie plant. Danton Unger reports for CTV News.

Josh Jordan, the manager of communications and public relations for Simplot, said the company was notified on Monday that one employee tested positive. He said 12 other employees who had been in contact with the person either in or outside of work, had been identified and tested.

Jordan said one of the tests came back positive, and nine came back negative. He said they are still waiting for the results of two tests. He said based on these results, 14 employees have been tested and are now in self-quarantine.

“Since early March we have implemented a number of procedures aimed at keeping our employees safe.”

Jordan said this includes travel restrictions for employees, eliminating non-essential visits to the site, temperature testing for all employees and essential visitors, self-screening, and physical distancing requirements and extra cleaning in high traffic areas.

Report on CTV News here. With files from CTV’s Stephanie Tsicos

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