Officials Trying To Contain COVID-19 Outbreak at Poultry Plant In Coquitlam

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UPDATE, April 29: Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry has been shutdown after an employee at the facility tested positive for COVID-19. This is the third poultry plant to have at least one employee contract the virus.

After 29 people at a poultry plant tested positive for COVID-19, a second plant is now facing an outbreak.

On Thursday, health officials said Superior Poultry in Coquitlam has two cases of the virus.

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The Coquitlam poultry processing plant is a sister plant to United Poultry in East Vancouver – which had originally faced an outbreak.

United Poultry East Vancouver COVID-19 outbreak

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While the companies are under different management, some employees were working at both places.

“There is an ongoing investigation that is happening as of yesterday, when the first case was identified,” said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

And as for the East Vancouver plant, officials said people were coming into work sick.

Dr. Henry said she expects more COVID-19 cases to come from the Coquitlam outbreak, as it tests more staff.

B.C. currently has 1,824 cases of COVID-19 so far.

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