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COVID-19 outbreak at Site C

No need for closure orders, says Northern Health
SiteC-Pano-March2021
The downstream Site C cofferdam in the foreground with ongoing dam excavation in the centre, March 2021. Both the upstream and downstream cofferdams have been completed.

Northern Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak among contracted workforces at Site C - with workers in isolation at the moment.

Northern Health said Thursday the declaration follows evidence of virus transmission among employees working primarily on civil works and excavation for the project.

There have been 34 lab-confirmed cases identified among five clusters of cases, and a total of 13 cases remain active.

The two most recent and currently active clusters are among employees of Peace River Hydro Partners, and include a total of 7 active cases, Northern Health said.

Medical health officers "have determined there is no need for closure orders for the overall project, or individual project worksites," Northern Health said.

"Employees are being screened, and contact tracing is continuing. Those identified as cases and close contacts have been instructed to self-isolate, either at their worksite accommodations, or in their home communities," Northern Health said.

"Northern Health is working with the BC Centre for Disease Control to ensure communication with the health authorities or jurisdictions of affected employees’ home communities outside of BC."

 - with files