43 workers at Canadian operation Greenhill Produce have the coronavirus
A red pepper growing in a Greenhill Produce greenhouse
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43 workers at Canadian operation Greenhill Produce have the coronavirus

The virus spread among workers who occupied a shared living space.

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Public health officials in Chatham-Kent are working to contain a major COVID-19 outbreak among migrant workers at a greenhouse facility.

The public health unit said that as of Monday evening there were 43 positive cases at Greenhill Produce in Chatham-Kent.

"No one should panic whatsoever," cautioned Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Colby. “Chatham-Kent’s numbers are among the lowest in the province, even taking this into account."

About 250 people work at Greenhill, and come from a number of countries including Guatemala, Jamaica and Mexico. They stay on-site in bunkhouses, and for that reason Colby said the virus is easier to contain.

"This is not a company that the public has access to, so we will be able to contain this in the situation where it is. None of the cases are severe enough to require admission to hospital. They can be isolated where they are."

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