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J.R. Simplot confirms employees tested positive for COVID-19

Canada: Two COVID cases identified in a Portage la Prairie potato processing plant

Two employees at a potato processing in Portage la Prairie have tested positive for COVID-19. Another 14 are in self-quarantine. On Thursday evening, J.R. Simplot confirmed these employees had tested positive for COVID-19 within the plant.

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

Winnipeg.ctvnews.ca quoted Jordan as saying that one of the tests came back positive, and nine came back negative. Management is still waiting for the results of two tests. Jordan claimed that, based on these results, 14 employees have been tested and are now in self-quarantine.

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.

 


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