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Northern Health still dealing with COVID-19 cluster among Trans Mountain workers at Valemount

Northern Health Medical Health Officers continue to work with Trans Mountain, to manage a cluster of COVID-19 cases among employees and contractors in the Valemount area. 

As of August 20, 32 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in association with the cluster, and 24 of the cases are considered active at this time. 

The increase in lab-confirmed cases is not unexpected, in light of increased screening and COVID-19 testing. Case and contact management efforts continue to suggest the majority of infections were not acquired at the site. Public health continues to investigate any potential onsite transmission of illness, and may recommend additional measures to prevent further spread, if necessary.

Northern Health and Trans Mountain are continuing to monitor, and the company has implemented further cluster management measures, including enhanced employee screening, mandatory mask-wearing, and increased sanitization across the site.

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