Coquitlam poultry plant reopens following coronavirus outbreak

May 14 2020, 2:47 pm

A Coquitlam poultry plant at the centre of a COVID-19 outbreak last month has been reopened, according to Fraser Health.

In a statement, Fraser Health says it has “rescinded the April 24 closure order” at Superior Poultry Processors Ltd., adding the facility “has met the requirements of the order.”

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

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

Last month, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry confirmed there was “some movement” between the  United Poultry plant in Vancouver and Superior, which is its Coquitlam sister plant.

Updates on Mission Institution, long-term care

Fraser Health also provided updates on outbreaks at the Mission Institution federal prison and health and long-term care facilities in the region.

The health authority reports 120 inmates at the Mission Institution tested positive for the coronavirus. Currently, there are two active cases and the prison has had no new cases since May 1.

Fraser Health says it provided 297 coronavirus tests to inmates at the prison.

Outbreaks at Abbotsford’s Worthington Pavilion Rehabilitation Unit, the Swedish Assisted Living Residence in Burnaby, and Chartwell Cedarbrooke Retirement Residence in Mission have also been declared over.