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Bouvry Exports worker has Fort Macleod’s first case of COVID-19

Alberta Health confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in Fort Macleod involves a worker at Bouvry Exports Ltd.

Public health and industry officials are working closely with Bouvry Exports, which will continue to operate.

“We are taking this extremely seriously,” said Tom McMillan, assistant director of communications for Alberta Health. “Alberta Health Services (AHS) has taken immediate steps to isolate the individual, identify close contacts, and limit the spread.”

McMillan said AHS is working with Bouvry Exports Ltd. to ensure infection prevention and control measures are implemented to limit the spread to others.

AHS visited Bouvry Exports on Tuesday, April 28.

During the inspection, AHS advised on necessary precautions to immediately address concerns with social distancing and infection prevention and control measures.

The first case of COVID-19 at Bouvry Exports was confirmed late on Wednesday, April 29.

AHS immediately arranged another inspection on Thursday, April 30 with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) which has regulatory authority for Bouvry Exports, as well as Alberta Occupational Health and Safety.

“CFIA has determined that this facility will continue to operate, under the condition of following all Occupational Health and Safety orders,” McMillan said in an e-mail message. 

Contact tracing work is under way by AHS to connect with confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases.

McMillan said AHS is working to identify those individuals and close contacts who require assistance for self-isolation.

Translation services are being utilized to communicate with ESL individuals in order to explain requirements concerning self-isolation and COVID-19 testing, and also to provide other supports that may be necessary to prevent the spread of the virus.

“AHS will continue to work directly with the facility and partners, to review all measures implemented, and address any emerging concerns,” McMillan said. “At this time, testing is being offered to all symptomatic workers. An asymptomatic testing strategy is being considered.”

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