Seventeen employees at Greenhill Produce who tested negative for COVID-19 are now found to be positive.
The employees are all a part of an ongoing workplace investigation declared on April 27th, said Chatham-Kent Health officials.
“These employees initially tested negative but were suspected to have been exposed. They were isolated in separate bunkhouses, away from those who tested positive,” said Dr. David Colby, Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health. “That was direction given to Greenhill Produce as soon as their very first employees tested positive for the virus.” Colby said it is likely the individuals were exposed prior to isolation which is why they were tested again.
These 17 cases bring the total number of confirmed cases in Chatham-Kent to 108, with 69 of those being a result of the outbreak at Greenhill Produce.
Fifty of those 69 have fully recovered and are back at work. CK Public Health continues to investigate and advise regarding control measures.
CK Public Health said they have been in daily contact with the Greenhill Produce employees, utilizing translation services as necessary, to provide support and respond to any inquiries or public health concerns. Public Health has been in contact with employers to advise them of public health measures, according to officials.