Northern Health Public Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the LNG Canada project site in Kitimat, where JGC Fluor (JFJV) is the prime contractor, after finding evidence of COVID-19 transmission among staff working at this location.
To date, 14 employees have tested positive for COVID-19. All of these cases are considered to be associated with this outbreak and occurred in the same general work location. Specific 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. Thirty-two employees remain in self-isolation at the site, and the rest are isolating in their home community.
Northern Health, LNG Canada, and JGC Fluor have been working together on planning, preparing and implementing COVID-19 measures since early spring and continue to work closely to ensure enhanced control measures are followed, to protect the health of all staff.
Northern Health is working with the BCCDC to ensure communication with the health authorities or jurisdictions of the affected employees’ home communities.
The outbreak declaration will be in place for at least 28 days.
More information on public exposures, school exposures, and facility or community outbreaks of COVID-19 within the Northern Health region.
Backgrounder from LNG Canada:
LNG Canada and JGC Fluor will continue to work closely with Northern Health and other authorities to review existing protocols to keep our people, community and the project safe. More information can be found on the LNG Canada and JFJV websites.