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Six active COVID-19 cases from northern B.C. LNG project all isolating in own homes

Northern Health reports two more positive tests from Kitimat work site
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The LNG Canada Project Site in Kitimat, B.C. (via Tiwtter/LNG Canada Project)

Workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 at northern B.C.’s LNG Canada project are all isolating away from the site.

According to an update from Northern Health this morning (Dec. 9), there are now six active cases for the virus from the $40-billion project in Kitimat, that’s one more from the previous report on Dec. 1, all of which are quarantining in their own homes and communities.

Two new infections were also found as of Tuesday (Dec. 8), raising the total to 56 since an outbreak was declared on Nov. 19.

The remaining 50 infected workers, all contracted by JGC Fluor, have since recovered from COVID-19, Northern Health explains, and no one is self-isolating in the camp.

“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 update continues.

“On-site screening of employees, contact management and tracing are continuing, and there continue to be no public exposures in Kitimat and the surrounding area at this time.”

Northern Health currently has four other outbreaks within its jurisdiction, including two in Prince George.

Gateway Lodge and University Hospital of Northern BC (UHNBC) are listed as ‘precautionary’ outbreaks after cases were detected in specific sections of each facility.

Risk of transmission is considered low in both locations and those declarations are expected to be lifted on Dec. 9 and 16 respectively.

As of this publication, the north has recorded 1,132 positive tests for COVID-19 since the first infection reached our region in March.

This has included nine deaths, the latest of which was a man in his 70s from yesterday’s written statement by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

There are also 332 active cases, 12 people admitted into critical care among 41 total hospitalizations, and 791 recoveries.