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Inside a slaughterhouse COVID-19 outbreak

Today, an inside look at a COVID-19 outbreak that tore through an Alberta slaughterhouse, as seen through the eyes of the plant’s employees — and what their stories reveal about the situation facing essential workers across Canada.
Workers at the Olymel pork processing facility in Red Deer, Alberta say they ended up feeling blamed for a COVID-19 outbreak that infected more than 500 people and killed at least three. (Jamie Hopkins/CBC)

Earlier this year, a COVID-19 outbreak tore through the Olymel pork-processing plant in Red Deer, Alta., eventually infecting more than 500 people and killing at least three. Workers say that not only did the plant and the provincial government do too little to protect them, but that employees — many of them Filipino immigrants — ended up feeling blamed for the outbreak.

Today, an inside look at how the outbreak unfolded, as seen through the eyes of some of the workers — and what their stories reveal about the situation facing essential workers across Canada.

We've been working on this special episode in collaboration with CBC Calgary reporters Sarah Rieger and Joel Dryden. You can read their corresponding feature article here.

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