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Four more workers test positive for COVID-19 at Manitoba pork plant

BY The Canadian Press, Aug 7, 2020 8:28 AM - REPORT AN ERRORLAST UPDATED ON Aug 7, 2020 7:56 PM

A Maple Leaf Foods employee walks past a Maple Leaf sign at the company's meat facility in Toronto on December 15, 2008. The union representing workers at a meat-processing plant in Manitoba says four more employees have tested positive for COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

A union representing workers at a meat-processing plant in Manitoba says four more employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

A total of eight employees at the Maple Leaf pork plant in Brandon have now tested positive since the weekend.

Jeff Traeger, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 832, says he expects the number to continue to increase.

The union, which represents nearly 2,000 workers at the plant, is renewing its call to have the company halt production there until the situation is under control.

Maple Leaf has said the cases are not linked to workplace spread but to an outbreak in the community.

Public health and workplace safety authorities inspected the plant Thursday, and the company says the results support its decision to continue operations.

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