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Procter & Gamble COVID-19 outbreak grows to 15 cases in Belleville, Ont.

In this illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 novel coronavirus. THE CANADIAN PRESS / CDC via AP, File

An outbreak of COVID-19 at a Belleville manufacturing facility grew by six cases on Tuesday.

According to Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health’s (HPEPH) COVID-19 online dashboard, there are now 15 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus associated with the outbreak at the Procter and Gamble plant on University Avenue.

On Monday, HPEPH reported that an outbreak had been declared at P&G, as of Friday. On Tuesday, public health confirmed to Global News that the plant is still operational but did not indicate how many people are being monitored as a result of the outbreak.

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The company says it has approximately 1,000 employees on site, along with about 600 third-party contractors.

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P&G says, out of an abundance of caution, all of the approximately 240 Adecco third-party associates have been asked to self-isolate as of last Thursday.

As of Tuesday, about 15 to 20 per cent of the company’s workers at the Belleville plant have also been asked to self-isolate.

The site remains operational, since it is supplying essential hygiene products.

The local health unit reported nine new cases in the region on Tuesday, pushing the total number of active cases up to 39. The seven-day case rate in Hastings and Prince Edward counties now stands at 19.6 per 100,000.

The outbreak at P&G was declared just a few days before the region entered the province’s yellow-protect COVID-19 activity level on Monday.

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