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Coquitlam poultry plant reopens, outbreaks over at three care facilities

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated May 14, 2020 at 3:56 pm PDT

FILE - A worker outside a poultry plant in the Lower Mainland. United Poultry and its sister plant Superior Poultry both had cases of COVID-19 in April 2020. (CityNews photo)
Summary

Superior Poultry Processors was ordered to close last month after an outbreak of the virus

Mission Institution has had no new COVID-19 cases since May 1

Outbreaks at three care homes in the Fraser Health region also declared over

SURREY (NEWS 1130) — A poultry plant in Coquitlam that had more than 60 cases of COVID-19 has reopened, while outbreaks are over at three care facilities, according to the Fraser Health Authority.

Superior Poultry Processors was ordered to close last month after an outbreak of the virus.

“Fraser Health has rescinded the April 24th closure order, as the poultry plant has met the requirements of the order,” says a release.

“The plant has reopened with measures in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

Employees of Superior also worked United Poultry, a plant in Vancouver with the same owner and where cases surpassed 30.

“Fraser Health will continue to work closely with Superior Poultry Processors Ltd. to maintain the health and safety of staff during this pandemic.”

The health authority has also provided 297 COVID-19 tests to inmates at the federal prison in Mission, which at one point had more than 130 cases, including inmates and corrections officers.

Mission Institution currently has two active cases, according to Fraser Health, which provided infection prevention and control measures to help the Correctional Service Canada manage the outbreak.

“Mission Institution has had no new COVID-19 cases since May 1.”

In Abbotsford, the outbreak at the Worthington Pavilion Rehabilitation Unit — an acute care facility owned by Fraser Health — has been declared over.

Outbreaks at two other assisted or independent living facilities — Swedish Assisted Living Residence in Burnaby and Chartwell Cedarbrooke Retirement Residence in Mission — are also over.

“With the implementation of comprehensive strategies to prevent and respond to COVID-19 in care facilities, there are no longer any COVID-19 cases at these sites,” says Fraser Health.