|LNG Canada site near Kitimat|
(screen shot from LNG Canada video)
Northern Health has provided an update on the status of an outbreak of COVID-19 at the LNG Canada worksite near Kitimat, the first relay of information on the situation was released on November 19th.
Yesterday, in their update, Northern Health noted that 41 employees associated with this outbreak have tested positive for COVID-19. Thirty four of these cases currently remain active. Sixteen people are in self-isolation at the project site. The remaining individuals are in isolation in their home communities.
As part of the update, Health Officials observed that all of these cases are considered to be associated with this outbreak and occurred in the same general work location. On-site employees are being screened. Contact management and tracing have gone well, and will continue. Those identified as cases and close contacts have been instructed to self-isolate.
To reassure residents in the community, they also outlined how there are no public exposures in Kitimat resulting from the event, at this time. Northern Health, LNG Canada, and JGC Fluor continue to work closely together to ensure enhanced control measures are followed, to protect the health of all staff.
The declaration of the outbreak will remain in place for at least 28 days.
You can review the full statement here.
LNG Canada also issued its own statement on Monday related to the outbreak.
The Kitimat outbreak is one of three community/facility outbreaks listed on the Northern Health Exposures/Outbreaks page.
Last week Kitimat Mayor Phil Germuth also spoke to the outbreak, posting a letter to the community on the District of Kitimat website.
More notes related to Northern Health themes can be explored from our archive page here.
A wider overview of COVID related news both provincially and locally can be found from our COVID-19 archive page.