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Public-health authorities say at least 40 workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in connection with an outbreak at a southwestern Ontario farm.

The Southwestern Public Health unit said the cases have been linked to living quarters for workers at a farm in Bayham, Ont.

Dr. Joyce Lock, the unit’s chief Medical Officer of Health, says one person was admitted to hospital for COVID-19 symptoms on Friday and has remained there after testing positive.

Dr. Lock says that prompted the testing of other workers and their close contacts.

She says those who have tested positive are a mix of local and migrant farm workers who are currently receiving support from their employer and the public-health unit while in isolation.

Dr. Lock says there currently doesn’t appear to be community transmission of the virus beyond the farm outbreak.

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