Another Cargill plant closes after COVID-19 outbreak

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Word of the plant closure comes just a month after another Cargill facility in Alberta shuttered, with more than 900 of its employees having tested positive for coronavirus.

A Cargill meat-processing plant south of Montreal announced it is closing its doors after at least 64 workers tested positive for COVID-19, even as schools across much of Quebec prepared to open theirs to students on Monday. "Cargill is working in close partnership with local health officials and the union to test our employees as soon as possible", the Cargill spokesperson said in a statement emailed to Global News. Installation of plexiglass, the use of masks and visors, as well as staggered lunch breaks were also put in place before the infections.

The union representing the plant workers, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), says 171 employees are already at home either because they are sick or have come into contact with someone showing symptoms.

The company said it's providing 80 hours of paid leave for any employee who requires time off because of COVID-19 and employees will be paid for up to 36 hours during the shutdown.

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The plant will close from Wednesday to Friday so all workers can be tested, Larouche said.

As of Sunday morning, there were 67,996 COVID-19 cases, including 4,728 deaths, according to Canada's top public health doctor, Dr. Theresa Tam.

Other provinces are also taking small steps to reopen, albeit at a slower pace than the hardest-hit province.

Numerous outbreaks have occurred in long-term care homes, including a single home in Laval that counts over 200 cases and 84 deaths as of Sunday.

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