Advocates demand Ontario shut down farms as COVID-19 cases soar among workers

Advocates demand Ontario shut down farms as COVID-19 cases soar among workers
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TORONTO —
A single farm in Windsor-Essex, Ont. has been linked to 175 new cases of COVID-19 in the province, reigniting concerns about the rapid spread of the virus among temporary foreign workers.

Ontario reported 257 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, 177 of which were confirmed by the Windsor-Essex public health unit following targeted testing of migrant farm workers over the weekend.

Officials noted that one farm, which employs approximately 450 workers, is the source of 175 of those cases.

“These recent outbreaks are concerning and they pose unique challenges that require a targeted response,” Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario’s Associate Medical Officer of Health, said during a press conference Monday.

More than 1,000 agricultural workers have been diagnosed…



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