Two staff at Microbiology Lab test positive
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OTTAWA — Two staff at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg have tested positive for COVID-19.
“The employees are in self-isolation and are following the direction of the local public-health authority,” wrote Éric Morrissette, spokesman for the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Staff at the lab received an email about the cases on Thursday.
Morissette said the lab has followed protocols for disinfection, hand-washing and distancing, and that NML was not surprised that local staff could catch a virus circling in the broader community.
He said the lab is taking measures to minimize disruption to its work.
NML confirms tests for the coronavirus for many provinces, and is conducting research on COVID-19. It also reports Canada’s case data to the World Health Organization.
It is not known whether the employees contracted the virus in the community or at work.
PHAC said Winnipeg authorities are undergoing contact tracing; Shared Health would only say it “does not provide information about specific sites unless there is a public-health reason to do so.”