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Additional COVID cases found in relation to second Site C outbreak

No new cases identified since Sept. 15
An overview of the Site C right bank structures, including the spillways, stilling basins, intakes, penstocks and the powerhouse, April 2021.

Northern Health says that additional COVID-19 cases have been found at Site C in relation to a second outbreak at the worksite declared on August 16.

"To date, there have been 92 lab-confirmed cases in several clusters of COVID-19 activity amongst primarily unvaccinated workers in association with this outbreak, and just two cases are currently considered active," reads a press release from the health authority. "There have not been any newly identified cases associated with the outbreak clusters since September 15, 2021."

There were 41 declared cases at the initial declaration of the outbreak.

Northern Health says enhanced restrictions and control measures will remain in place to limit potential transmission. The Site C medical clinic began using rapid testing this month under the permission of Northern Health to help with contract tracing and slowing down transmission. 

"To date, nearly 2,000 onsite workers have received a first dose through the project’s medical clinic and about 1,500 onsite workers have received a second dose," Northern Health said. "These figures do not include workers that have been vaccinated outside the project through their local health authority."

As of Tuesday, Sept. 21, there were nine active cases among the workforce, according to BC Hydro, and 31 workers in isolation at the work camp outside Fort St. John. Another 23 workers were isolating at home.

BC Hydro has reported 235 cases of COVID-19 among Site C workers since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. The vast majority of cases — 205 — have been reported since the start of 2021.

[Editor's Note: Adds in work camp case data from BC Hydro; corrects attribution of the original update to Northern Health.]