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Outbreak on Windsor-Essex farm prompts isolation order, work stoppage

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that migrant labourers in Canada can no longer be treated like "throwaway people" as they have been in the past, adovocates said Wednesday. Workers do maintenance at the Scotlynn Group where 164 Migrant workers have tested positive for COVID-19 shutting down the asparagus farming facility temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic near Vittoria, Ont., in Norfolk County on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Health officials in the Windsor-Essex region say they’ve ordered a work stoppage at a farm experiencing a large outbreak of COVID-19.

The local public health unit says 191 cases of the virus were recorded at the farm over the weekend.

Chief medical officer Dr. Wajid Ahmed issued a mandatory order for the farm to ensure employees are isolated and stop working as a result of the outbreak.

Ahmed said targetted testing efforts are continuing at farms in the area.

The Windsor-Essex region also reported nine new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, with seven of them occurring in the agri-farm sector.

Ontario did not report province-wide COVID-19 numbers on Canada Day, but will resume its daily report on Thursday.