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Cargill will reopen its meat-processing plant in Alberta on Monday

Cargill will reopen its meat-processing plant in Alberta on Monday, according to an update today.

The plant in High River temporarily shut down on April 20 due to a COVID-19 outbreak. After remaining closed for 14 days, it will reopen with one shift a day on May 4.

Cargill has worked with Alberta Health Services to introduce "additional safety measures" at the plant, including reduced carpooling between employees, barriers in the washroom and on the buses, and extensive cleaning processes.

Cargill says that all healthy employees who have not been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19 for 14 days will be asked to report to work.

NDP Leader Rachel Notley, however, has expressed concern over the meat-processing plant reopening, saying that workers "do not support" the decision.

As of Tuesday, 759 Cargill workers at the plant have tested positive for the virus, and about 25 per cent of Alberta's total number of COVID-19 cases are linked to the plant.

One Cargill employee in her 60s has died, and her husband was hospitalized with the virus.

The news comes just one day after McDonald's Canada said that it would begin importing beef amidst supply chain concerns, partially due to the Cargill closure.

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