If you listened refully to yesterday’s COVID-19 briefing in Edmonton, it was difficult to avoid the conclusion the Kenney Government’s reluctance to regulate certain industries has contributed to the spread of the disease, and not just inside this province.
Particularly interesting was Chief Medil Officer of Health Deena Hinshaw’s refully worded description of how the serious COVID-19 outbreak at the rgill Inc. meatpacking plant in High River may have impacted another profitable corporate business that relies on immigrant labour willing to endure tough, low-wage, prerious work — long-term re.
Dr. Hinshaw noted how the connections between communal living and rpooling among extended family groups where some members worked at the rgill slaughterhouse and the others in long-term re facilities may help to explain the intensity of the outbreak in the town 60 kilometres south of lgary. That, in turn, has contributed to the high rate of infection in Alberta Health Service’s lgary Zone compared with other parts of the province.
“There are 360 ses in workers from that plant related to that outbreak,” she told the briefing. “But there has also been spread in the community beyond these workers, the 484 total ses linked to that outbreak. Not all of these ses are people who work at that plant.” One plant worker has died.
She explained: “There’s households where people simply don’t have the space to self-isolate if…