A popular Canadian meat company in Brampton, Ontario, is shutting down all operations after three of its employees tested positive for COVID-19 this week. Maple Leaf Foods announced in a press release on Wednesday that it will be conducting a “deep cleaning” of the premises. The company also stated that it would not resume any production until it is deemed safe to work.

According to Maple Leaf Foods, effective immediately, the plant will suspend operations in order to conduct an investigation and properly clean the factory.

The three employees who tested positive have been sent home to quarantine for 14 days.

All other employees who were in close contact with the patients have also been notified and are being told to self-isolate.  

“We have decided to suspend operations temporarily at our Brampton Poultry plant beginning today, April 8, to allow us to conduct a thorough investigation and a deep clean of the plant," read a statement from the company. 

"We hope to complete the investigation and the deep cleaning as quickly as possible so that we can restore operations at our Brampton Poultry plant," it continued. 

At this time, it is still unclear when the plant will reopen and resume normal operations. 

The company’s update also stated that one employee had also tested positive at the Heritage Plant in Hamilton.

However, unlike in the Brampton factory, the plant remains fully operational.

“Unfortunately, this week, we learned that four Team Members – one at our Heritage plant in Hamilton and three at our Brampton Poultry plant, tested positive for COVID-19. The Team Members are all at home, and we are keeping in touch with them,” read the statement from Maple Leaf Foods.

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is a leading producer of meat in North America. It is unclear at the moment if the factory incident will lead to any food shortages. Narcity has reached out for further comment but has yet to hear back.

The provincial government announced an additional 550 cases of COVID-19 in Ontario on Wednesday.

The leap broke the record for the most significant single-day increase in cases so far, which included 21 new deaths. The sudden jump has brought the total number of cases to 5,276.

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