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Cargill Ontario plant set to reopen today after COVID closure

Cargill's poultry processing plant in London, Ontario, was slated to reopen today after closing on April 13 due to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases, according to a report by CBC News in Canada.

At the time of the closure, 82 people had tested positive for the virus at the plant. As of Tuesday, 81 active cases were associated with the outbreak, down from 112 confirmed during testing, according to the report. A Cargill spokesman contacted by Meatingplace Thursday was unable to provide an update.

The London processing facility employs about 900 people and processes 80,000 chickens a day, according to the company's website. The Cargill spokesman told CBC News that the company was working closely with public health officials to safely return to operations at the plant.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit has reported a spike in COVID-19 cases in the region, with outbreaks associated with a healthcare facility, six schools, two child care facilities and eight university residences, according to CTV News.

The company has been working with health authorities to offer vaccination clinics at its facilities, but the first to be scheduled, at the company's beef plant in High River, Alberta, had to be postponed this week afeter delivery of vaccines to the province was delayed.

Par Susan Kelly (23/04/2021)

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