Cornwall ON – Several workers fell ill at Star Tek in Cornwall Ontario this morning. Fire services have yet to verify the cause and the building has been evacuated and remains so until the all clear is given. Star Tek was in the news recently as 398 Cornwall employees are set to be laid off on July 31, 2011. Those remaining workers were not affected by the evacuation.
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We spoke with Rosemary Hanratty; spokesperson for Star Tek, who said that the company will be issuing a statement after the all clear is given.
We will be updating this story as it unfolds.
UPDATE 12:51 PM
All Star Tek employees sent home with paid day off as the source of whatever is causing the illnesses cannot be determined as of yet.
Several employees being taken to local hospital.
UPDATE 1:07 PM
The count is upwards of 30 Star Tek employees taken to hospital. No cause has yet to be discovered. All employees were sent home and spokesperson Rosemary Hanratty told us that she’s hoping that the facility will be open tomorrow.
“The Cornwall facility has been closed by the fire department until 7am EST tomorrow (June 21st) at the earliest as they work to determine what is causing employees to suddenly become ill. Approximately 30 employees have been taken to the hospital with symptoms ranging from dizziness to vomiting.”
UPDATE 3:38 PM
Dr. Paul Roumeliotis confirmed that the EOHU has shut down the facility until it has been proven safe. More to come. As of this time the cause of the mass illness has still not been determined.