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Health officials testing foreign workers on local farms

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Journal Staff

Local health officials are working to together to try and prevent a COVID-19 outbreak among temporary foreign farm workers.

A mobile outreach team is offering voluntary testing to all Sarnia-Lambton farms that hire foreign seasonal employees. It completed 86 COVID-19 tests at six farms the first two weeks.

Up to 300 temporary foreign workers are expected to travel to Sarnia-Lambton for seasonal work this year, based on reports from farm operators.

They have been advised not to move workers from one farm to another during their 14-day quarantine period.

Hundreds of temporary workers, many from Mexico, have been infected by the novel coronavirus while working at Canadian farms and greenhouses.

The local initiative is a partnership between Lambton Public Health, Bluewater Health, Lambton EMS, Ontario Health, and the Central Lambton Family Health Team.

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