13 staff test positive for COVID-19 at meat processing plant

Fraser Health Public Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at J&L Beef Ltd., a meat processing facility, after finding evidence of COVID-19 transmission among staff working at this location.

To date, 13 employees of the facility have tested positive for COVID-19.

Fraser Health said in a news release that it is screening employees at the facility, and case and contact management is ongoing. Those identified as cases and close contacts have been instructed to self-isolate.

Fraser Health Public Health first became aware of a potential outbreak after receiving a positive lab test on October 8th from an employee of the facility, located at located at 17565-65A Ave., Surrey.

“The site has been inspected by Fraser Health and we are working with the facility to strengthen their COVID-19 mitigation strategies,” said a news release.

In addition, individual staff members at The Village and Rosemary Heights Seniors Village have tested positive for COVID-19. The Village is an assisted living and long term care facility in Langley owned and operated by Verve Senior Living. Rosemary Heights Seniors Village is an independent living, assisted living, and long term care facility in Surrey owned and operated by Retirement Concepts. Rapid response teams are at each site and communication with residents and families is underway. The two staff members are currently in self-isolation at their homes.

“Enhanced control measures have been put in place at each site. Fraser Health is working with staff to identify anyone who may have been exposed, and is taking steps to protect the health of all staff, residents and families,” said Fraser Health.


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