Northern Health Public Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the LNG Canada Project Site in Kitimat, BC, after finding evidence of COVID-19 transmission among staff of Diversified Transportation working at the project site.
To date, 15 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in association with this outbreak, and 13 of the cases are considered active. There are approximately 40 Diversified Transportation employees working at the project site and all have undergone proactive COVID-19 testing. Those identified as cases and close contacts have been instructed to self-isolate.
This outbreak is unrelated to one declared November 19, 2020 which has seen no new cases since December 2, 2020.
Northern Health, LNG Canada, and JGC Fluor (the prime contractor on the project) have been working together on planning, preparing and implementing COVID-19 measures since early spring. Along with Diversified Transportation, close collaboration continues on ensuring enhanced control measures are followed to prevent transmission of illness among the Diversified workforce, and to the overall LNGC project site and neighbouring communities.
Northern Health is also working with the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) to ensure communication with the health authorities or jurisdictions of any 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.