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BC Hydro reports rise in COVID cases at Site C

28 active cases reported; 100 in quarantine
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White tarpaulins are placed over freshly laid glacial till in the dam core trench to maintain moisture content, July 2021.

Update:

BC Hydro reported 11 new COVID-19 cases among Site C workers on Monday.

There are now 28 active cases among the workforce. Forty 40 workers are isolating at the work camp, and 60 workers are isolating at home.

"The cases are a combination of workplace transmission across different project areas and community transmission from outside the project. We are taking this situation very seriously and working closely with Northern Health to manage these cases," BC Hydro said in an update on Monday.

"Working with our contractors, we are taking further steps to reduce the potential for on site transmission, including reinstituting preventative measures such as mandatory mask use at high risk work fronts including the powerhouse work areas; reinstituting social distancing between workers in the dining areas; stepping up enforcement of mandatory mask compliance on crew shuttles; and reinforcing mask, handwashing and physical distancing in the worker lodge."

There are 1,590 workers currently at camp, according to BC Hydro statistics.

BC Hydro has reported 132 cases among workers since the start of 2021, and 162 cases since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Of the cases, BC Hydro says that 134 have been cleared.


Original story:

BC Hydro is reporting a rise in COVID-19 cases among Site C workers.

As of Friday, there were 17 active cases, with 35 workers quarantined at the work camp outside Fort St. John. Another 36 workers were isolating at home.

“The cases are a combination of workplace transmission across different project areas and community transmission from outside the project. The project team is working closely with Northern Health to manage these cases,” BC Hydro said in an update.

“The project is stepping up the enforcement of mandatory mask compliance on crew shuttles, making mask use mandatory in the powerhouse work areas, and reinforcing mask, handwashing and physical distancing measures within the worker accommodation lodge.”

BC Hydro has reported 116 cases among workers since the start of 2021, and 146 cases since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. 

There were 1,627 workers reported at camp as Aug. 13. There are 2,200 rooms at the work camp, 150 of those available to isolate workers with COVID, or those with symptoms of sneezing, sore throat, muscle aches, headaches, cough fever, or difficulty breathing.

Northern Health declared an outbreak at the site in April. All 56 cases linked to the outbreak recovered.


Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca