Public Health declares outbreak at N.B. sawmill connected to five cases of COVID-19

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SAINT JOHN, N.B. — J.D. Irving, Limited says five cases of COVID-19 have been reported at one of its sawmills in northern New Brunswick.

The lumber company said today the employees at the facility in Saint Leonard, N.B., work in an isolated area of the site, away from the main sawmill.

Vice president of sawmills Jerome Pelletier says the area where the infected employees work has been closed for deep cleaning and that contact tracing is underway.

The company says all 272 employees at the sawmill will be provided the chance to get tested three times over the next 14 days.

J.D. Irving says the five employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 are isolating and that none are in hospital.

New Brunswick is reporting 14 new cases of COVID-19 today.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 10, 2021.

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