The COVID outbreak at the LNG Canada Project Site in Kitimat is bigger than previously thought. A total of 41 employees have now tested positive for COVID-19 infection, Northern Health has just confirmed, up from 14 last week.
“Thirty four of these cases currently remain active,” the health authority said in a statement. “Sixteen people are in self-isolation at the project site.”
The remaining infected individuals have been sent home, and, according to Northern Health “are in isolation in their home communities.”
Northern Health went on, “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.”
The outbreak has been so far contained to LNG Canada. “There are no public exposures in Kitimat resulting from the event, at this time,” the health authority says.
Nearly 20 people have died from COVID-19 across the province over the weekend, and cases in Northern Health overall have surged by at least 114 cases in the past five days. There are now 7,737 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C., including 153 in Northern Health.