Employee at Fraser Valley poultry plant tests positive for coronavirus

Apr 29 2020, 5:40 pm

An employee at a third poultry plant in the Lower Mainland has tested positive for COVID-19.

The staff member at Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry in Yarrow tested positive Tuesday afternoon.

On its Facebook page, Fraser Valley Speciality Poultry says the employee has been at home in isolation since Friday with “mild symptoms.”

The company says it is continuing to work with the Fraser Health Authority and government inspectors to ensure it is following health and safety protocols and procedures.

“Fraser Health has stated that there is no evidence to suggest that food is a likely source of transmission, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency,” said Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry. 

The company says its office and farm store will remain open but its plant will be closed on Wednesday as they continue to meet with officials.

This is the third poultry plant in BC to confirm COVID-19 cases. Vancouver’s United Poultry and its Coquitilam sister-plant Superior Poultry are both closed due to ongoing outbreaks.

On Tuesday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there are now 46 confirmed cases at Superior Poultry and 34 at the United plant.

Daily Hive has reached out to Fraser Health for more information regarding the case at Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry.

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