Migrant workers at Red Deer slaughterhouse say they’ve felt unfair blame amid growing COVID-19 outbreak | CBC News

Migrant workers at Red Deer slaughterhouse say they’ve felt unfair blame amid growing COVID-19 outbreak | CBC News
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When the Olymel slaughterhouse in Red Deer, Alta., closed temporarily last week amid a growing outbreak of COVID-19 cases, many workers expressed relief.

But as news articles about the shutdown were posted online — some of which highlighted the facility’s migrant worker base — workers noticed a hurtful trend.

“There are some comments I read in the articles or the news, saying that they have to send back the foreigners to their own land,” said one worker, whom CBC News agreed to keep anonymous. “It’s too painful on our part.”

There were 445 cases linked to the plant outbreak as of Sunday. Of those, 205 cases are active and one worker has died.

Last week, Olymel said it would temporarily shut down the plant due to the rapidly growing COVID-19 outbreak at the facility.

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