A second worker at a poultry plant in Blumenort, Man. has died from COVID-19 , according to the union representing workers at the plant.
The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 832 announced the death of the worker at the Exceldor Plant on Sunday.
“This Member had previously contracted COVID-19 and was sent home to self-isolate,” president Jeff Traeger said in a statement.
“We want to offer our sincerest condolences to family, friends and fellow union-members working at Exceldor. When someone loses a family member or a close friend, it’s a stark reminder about how devastating this virus can be.”
A cluster of COVID-19 cases at the plant was announced in October. As of October 30, there are 52 positive cases among union members at the plant. Of those cases, 35 are active and 17 people have recovered.
A statement from Exceldor sent Monday afternoon said the employee contracted COVID-19 outside of the workplace and tested positive on Oct. 21.
“Exceldor representatives are in contact with the family and have expressed our heartfelt sympathy and support in this difficult time,” the company said.
“Exceldor works closely with public health services, which support us in providing employees with a workplace that exposes them to the least amount of risk possible. We are confident that the many measures in place across our facilities represent the best practices in terms of infection control.”
On Oct. 11, a 42-year-old employee at the plant died from COVID-19. The company said the employee contracted COVID-19 outside of work.
As of November 2, 80 Manitobans have died from COVID-19.