Site C worker tests positive for COVID-19

BC Hydro confirmed Wednesday that an employee working on the Site C project has tested positive for COVID-19.

It said the employee had worked at the site during the week of September 7 and, upon returning home this past weekend, had learned that prior to travelling to the site had tested postivie for the virus.

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"After developing symptoms, the employee was tested in their local health authority on September 15. The employee is currently isolated and recovering at home in the Lower Mainland," Hydro said in a statement.

Hydro said that while at the site and in the lodge, the employee followed all prescribed health protocol guidelines including wearing a mask and physical distancing.

"The employee did not leave camp or have any interaction with the local community," Hydro added.

It said all contract tracing related to the employee has been completed and that a small number of people have been advised to self-monitor and report any symptoms.

"Given the precautions taken by the worker while at site, there was a low risk of transmission," Hydro said.

Meanwhile, the number of active cases in Northern Health stood at 34 as of midday Thursday, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, up by one from the day before.

The number in hospital held steady at seven with none in intensive care. And 174 new tests were carried out over the past day.

As well, families with school-age children in British Columbia will soon be able to go to the BCDC website for information about COVID-19 outbreaks and exposure events at schools.

A joint statement from provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix says the site already links to notifications from Fraser Health and other health authorities will follow.

Dr. Elizabeth Brodkin, Fraser Health's interim chief medical health officer, says the new page that reports COVID-19 exposures in schools is part of an effort to correct inaccurate details on social media.

"We found that by being transparent and up-front and proactive with this information, it really helps to reduce the anxiety that can happen when a school becomes aware that there's an infectious case that has been present in their environment," she said during a news conference.

The web page will display all 11 school districts in the health authority's region.

B.C. confirmed 122 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, for a total of 7,498 since the start of the pandemic, with no new deaths.

There are 1,614 active cases of the illness in the province and 60 people are in hospital.

- with files from The Canadian Press

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