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Five Simcoe-Muskoka residents linked to second outbreak at Vaughan factory

State Windows Corp. workers from York Region, Toronto, Peel and Simcoe-Muskoka have been exposed

Seven York Region residents are among 62 confirmed cases in the second COVID-19 outbreak at State Windows Corp. in Vaughan.

Of the other confirmed cases, 28 are from Peel Region, 22 from Toronto, and five from Simcoe-Muskoka, a Nov. 29 public notice states.

York Region Public Health declared an outbreak at State Windows on Nov. 20 after conducting an onsite inspection of the facility and working with the company to identify close contacts of people with confirmed infections. An investigation with the Ministry of Labour is ongoing.

As the workplace is not open to the public, the risk of exposure to York Region residents is low,  according to the notice.

Last May, 17 employees were infected in an outbreak at the design and manufacturing firm’s Hunter Valley Road facility.

York public health investigators are working with the other public health units to monitor symptoms and share information needed for the investigation.

York Region has recommended several prevention measures to the company, and the outbreak is already showing signs of improvement, the notice states. Some of the actions taken are: 

  • Providing face shields, individual hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes to workers
  • Increasing monitoring of adherence to physical distancing requirements and maximum occupancy limits in washrooms
  • Introducing the cleaning of lunchroom tables after every use
  • Introducing multi-lingual screeners to address language barriers.

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