30 test positive for coronavirus on mushroom farm in Vaughan

Jul 7 2020, 6:29 am

Public health officials are investigating an COVID-19 outbreak at a mushroom farm in Vaughan after 30 workers tested positive for the virus.

On Monday, York Region Public Health (YRPH) said they were first notified of a confirmed case on June 27 at Ravine Mushroom Farm, located near King Vaughan and Weston Roads.

At least 24 of the 30 patients are residents of York Region.

“YRPH conducted risk assessments on the activities of these individuals while at work and determined the risk of COVID-19 transmission to the general public is low,” the statement said.

The public health unit is also following up with the close contacts of the confirmed cases.

In addition, they have conducted a follow-up inspection of the facility reviewing and reinforcing infection prevention and control measures, physical distancing of employees and “reaffirming the importance of employees not working while ill.”

York Region’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Karim Kurji said that public heath inspectors have provided advice to farmers and have ensured that the living conditions are “adequate.”

In York Region there are still 364 active cases with a total of 247 fatalities.

Daily Hive has reached out to Ravine Mushroom Farm for comment and will update accordingly. 

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