Work stoppage escalates COVID farm testing fears: growers

TORONTO — A bunch representing greenhouse growers in Ontario’s Windsor-Essex area says a piece stoppage at a neighborhood farm attributable to a COVID-19 outbreak has escalated fears about testing for the virus.

The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers says in a press release that the general public well being order has contributed to anxiousness amongst each farmers and employees.

On Wednesday, the area’s medical officer of well being issued an order that required an unnamed farmer whose greenhouse has an energetic outbreak involving 191 employees to isolate these staff and cease work.

The medical officer of well being for Windsor-Essex issued the order after a rash of optimistic exams over the weekend.

The growers group says it’s working with the sector and the provincial authorities to deal with these fears as on-farm testing continues.

Premier Doug Ford stated Thursday the work stoppage is not going to encourage native farmers to take part in efforts to fight the virus.

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed July three, 2020.