Labour group demands meeting over COVID-19 outbreak at Alberta pork plant

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 18, 2021

Gil McGowan is making the demand a day after Olymel indefinitely closed its pork plant in central Alberta, which has been linked to hundreds of virus cases and the death of one worker.

Up until December 2020, about 1% of Alberta's COVID-19 patients didn't pick up the phone when contact tracers called them. There are now a total of 221 variant cases in the province with 214 of the B.1.1.7 (UK variant) and seven of the B.1.351 (South African variant).

Hinshaw said the ban on indoor social gatherings won't lift until the third step of the provincial reopening plan because of how much viral spread happens in those settings.

According to the Centre of Health Informatics at the University of Calgary, new cases have dropped 19 per cent week-over-week in Alberta.

There were 263 new cases reported in the past 24 hours after approximately 5,200 tests were performed for a positivity rate of 5%.

Overall, half the variant cases diagnosed in the province were linked to travel or the close contact of a traveller.

Dr. Hinshaw says the variant cases are being closely monitored. Alberta Health Services investigations are turning up additional cases and double testing has been implemented for all close contacts.

"Evidence shows that it is in these social get-togethers where we see the highest rates of transmission", Hinshaw said.

There are now at least 600 variant cases in ten Canadian provinces, four of which have seen community spread. On Monday, Newfoundland and Labrador confirmed 298 active cases are tied to the variant first found in the United Kingdom.

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