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Workers at Regina linen company contract COVID-19 but facility safe: officials

All 150 employees at the plant have been tested for COVID-19, and officials said the risk of community transmission is low

August 11, 2020  The Canadian Press

REGINA — Health officials said 18 employees at a linen facility in Regina have tested positive for COVID-19.

Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Health said 11 of the new COVID-19 cases announced in Regina on Aug. 8 were either employees at K-Bro Linens or their close contacts.

More infected workers were reported Aug. 9.

All 150 employees at the plant have been tested for COVID-19, and officials said the risk of community transmission is low.

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The province said a microbiologist has ruled that linens processed at the facility remain safe to use in health-care centres.

It said employees are taking required safety precautions, like practising physical distancing and wearing protective gear.

Five new COVID-19 cases were reported Aug. 10, bringing the province’s total to 1,450.