12 cases of COVID among foreign workers in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean

12 cas de COVID chez les travailleurs étrangers au Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean

The agricultural producers in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean are concerned about the 12 cases positive for the coronavirus in foreign workers.

Public health is reassuring, despite the confirmation of these cases among agricultural workers from Guatemala and Mexico.

The regional director of public health, Dr Donald Aubin, believes that there is no risk of propagation because these workers are likely to have contracted the disease before coming here. According to him, they are carriers because the positivity can last up to three months.

They are all asymptomatic, but Dr. Aubin doubt their contagiousness.

A few had started to work here, but in contexts that are isolated and with few contacts. Despite this, these foreign workers have been placed in another quarantine period.

It comes at a bad time for farmers who need labour. The harvest will not wait for this quarantine, in the case of fruits and vegetables, in particular.

The producers lack the needed staff to carry out their work.

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