To date, 16 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in association with the cluster, and the cases are considered active at this time. There are approximately 50 close contacts in self-isolation.
A COVID-19 outbreak is not being declared at this time. Public Health’s investigation suggests the majority of infections were not acquired at the site, and there is little evidence of ongoing transmission of illness among project employees.
Northern Health is encouraging Trans Mountain staff, and residents in the Valemount area, to be aware that COVID-19 continues to circulate, and to take preventive measures such as frequent hand-washing, mask-wearing, and getting vaccinated at their earliest opportunity, to further protect themselves and their community.
In light of the confirmed COVID-19 cases, the company has implemented further cluster management measures, enhanced employee screening, mandatory mask-wearing, and increased sanitization across the site.
Northern Health and Trans Mountain have been monitoring the cluster of COVID-19 cases since early August, and collaborating to implement enhanced control measures for reducing the risk of transmission of illness among employees, including immunizing workers against COVID-19.