Cargill High River plant confirms uptick in COVID-19 cases


By Ryan McCarthy, Meat+Poultry



HIGH RIVER, ALBERTA – The Cargill beef processing facility in High River, Alberta, detected at least 45 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 401.


UFCW published a letter on Jan. 6 asking employers about plans to ensure worker safety as the Omicron variant cases grow.


Cargill said its employee vaccination rate at the High River facility is over 84% and the company is encouraging booster shots for workers.


“Like everyone, we are seeing cases in our facilities, including High River, ebb and flow as communities work to manage the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19,” said Daniel Sullivan, spokesperson for Cargill.


The company stated that the facility remains operational, though at a slightly reduced capacity for its typical pandemic output.


Cargill added:


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