Coke Canada halts some production after worker tests positive for coronavirus
Coke Canada Bottling has temporarily shut down production in parts of its Brampton, Ont., bottling plant in order to sterilize after a worker tested positive for the 2019 novel coronavirus.
The company told CP24 on Thursday that a clerical employee who did not work anywhere near where Coca Cola is actually bottled was found to be positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.
"The employee is receiving appropriate medical care and is in recovery," said Coke Canada Bottling spokesperson Nicola Krishna.
"Upon learning of the suspected case, our Human Resources Department worked swiftly to identify potential exposure to others."
Anyone at the plant who had recently been in close contact with the employee has been sent home, said Krishna, who also noted that the staffer had not been at work this week due to illness.
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The areas of the production facility closed for cleaning are expected to resume operations late Thursday, according to Krishna.
"There was no risk identified to our products or in our production or operation facilities," she stressed.
Coke Canada is far from the first Canadian place of business to halt work for disinfection after learning that someone had tested positive for COVID-19.
Since the outbreak hit Canada in January, multiple schools, gyms, office buildings, film sets, nursing homes, condo buildings and treatment centres have closed for varying amounts of time in light of coronavirus concerns.
Now an official pandemic, COVID-19 has infected more than 100 people across the country with one death reported in an elderly B.C. man.
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