Fourth COVID-19 death linked to Olymel

A fourth COVID-19 death has been linked to an outbreak at Olymel’s pork plant.

The person who died worked at Olymel in Red Deer’s food processing plant. Three workers have died and one other person who was linked to the outbreak, which was declared on Nov. 17, 2020. There have been at least 500 cases linked to the Olymel outbreak.

UFCW Local 401 were at the Olymel Meat Processing plant March 3. Larry Zima, Director of the North, and Catherine Lelis, Union Labour Relations Officer, says it’s not safe to re-open the plant.

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Alberta Health Services has confirmed two more deaths linked to a COVID-19 outbreak at the Olymel meatpacking plant in Red Deer on Friday. This brings the total to three deaths.

Fifty-year-old Henry De Leon died on Wednesday after spending three weeks on a ventilator. He worked at the plant for 15 years.

A woman in her 60s died on Sunday. Thirty-five-year-old Darwin Doloque died on Jan. 28.

Five hundred COVID-19 cases are linked to the outbreak at Olymel. Of those, 156 cares are considered active.