Six more people have died in Alberta after contracting COVID-19, increasing the province’s death toll to 112, according to chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw.
On Wednesday, it was also announced that another death has been linked to the Cargill meat processing plant in High River. A Cargill employee’s father, who was visiting from the Philippines, passed away after contracting the virus, according to the union that represents workers at the slaughterhouse. The first COVID-19 related fatality linked to the facility involved an employee, Hiep Bui.
Hinshaw said there are now 946 infected Cargill employees, while 798 of the patients have recovered.
According to outbreak data from Canadian and U.S. health authorities via CBC, it’s the largest single outbreak in all of North America. There are more than 1,500 cases linked to the facility, including employees.
In addition, there are 566 cases (with 434 recoveries) among employees of JBS meat-packing plant in Brooks, Alta., and 38 cases (12 recoveries) among workers at the Harmony Beef facility in Rocky View County, according to Hinshaw.
In all of Alberta, there are 5,963 total diagnoses, after Hinshaw announced 70 new patients on Wednesday. Among the province’s total cases are 3,552 people who have recovered, along with 87 people in hospital, which includes 19 in intensive care.
As of its last update, the province has completed 170,509 tests for COVID-19.