NORFOLK COUNTY, Ontario | More than 120 foreign workers to a farm in Norfolk county, Ontario, have contracted the COVID-19 in the last few days, in spite of the quarantine period which is imposed on them.
The mayor of the county, Kristal Choop, spoke on Sunday evening, more than 120 persons who have received a diagnosis of COVID-19.
The prime minister, Doug Ford, for his part, has spoken of 81 cases during its press briefing daily, Monday, while saying that it would probably be necessary to test all the weeks the workers, in the hope of avoiding a new outbreak.
These workers are part of a group of 216 employees of the firm of Scotlynn Group s that should normally be in full harvest period of asparagus. However, between the sick employees and those in administrative segregation, just 33 employees are in the field.
“It doesn’t look real-as long as it doesn’t touch us. […] People are very concerned because of these numbers,” said the president of the company, Scott Biddle, on CTV News.
According to the “Simcoe Reformer”, the person in charge of the health and social services, Haldimand-Norfolk, Marlene Miranda, explained Monday that two workers would have begun to experience symptoms during their quarantine of 14 days following their arrival in the country. They were, however, hidden of these symptoms at the time of joining the other workers of the farm, spreading the disease.
The mayor Choop has appealed to the citizens of his county. Those who are able are invited to form teams of five people to go to harvest asparagus for a few days, in the hope of saving the crop.