The Coquitlam poultry plant at the heart of a COVID-19 outbreak now includes 52 employees infected by the virus, up two over the last 24 hours.
Case and contact management at Superior Poultry Processing Ltd. is ongoing, according to Fraser Health, and the “facility will remain closed until the conditions of the order are met.”
The cases are part of 33 new cases announced Friday across the province, bringing the total to 2,145 cases in British Columbia.
No new cases have been identified at the Lilydale poultry plant in Port Coquitlam, though Fraser Health told reporters earlier in the day it was investigating a number of workers and other symptomatic individuals who had contact with the single positive case reported Wednesday, April 29.
“The site has been inspected by Fraser Health and we are working with the facility to update their COVID-19 mitigation strategies,” said the health authority in a written statement.
United Poultry Co. Ltd, the first poultry plant to report an outbreak in B.C., is now reported to have 35 positive cases of COVID-19, according to a provincial release.
The fourth B.C. poultry plant reporting a COVID-19 outbreak, Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry outside Chillwack, was shut late Thursday night and will remain closed following an outbreak among its staff, added Fraser Health.
“All staff have been tested for COVID-19. The Closure Order is in place until Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry can demonstrate that they meet the parameters of the order, which includes addressing deficiencies at the site,” wrote a spokesperson for the health authority in a statement.