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COVID-19 outbreak – Update - BC Hydro Site C project

Northern Health
Information Bulletin

Ongoing monitoring and testing has identified additional COVID-19 cases associated with an outbreak declared by NH Medical Health Officers on April 28, 2021, among contracted workforces on the Site C hydroelectric dam project in Northeast BC.

May 28 update: To date, in association with this outbreak (involving separate clusters of COVID-19 activity since March 2021), there have been 59 lab-confirmed cases identified among various contractors (an increase of 13 since the previous update).

A total of 8 cases are currently active (51 have recovered).

Workers on the project continue to be screened, and contact tracing is completed for all new cases. Those with confirmed cases and their close contacts are isolating. Enhanced outbreak control measures remain in place, including:

  • Increased focus on COVID-19 prevention measures such as employee screening and physical distancing on the worksite
  • Ongoing workforce COVID-19 immunizations, including contractor employees and rotational workers; to date, 1,613 Site C workers have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine; 408 of those workers have received a second dose.

NH Medical Health Officers, Site C and its contractors, and WorksafeBC continue to work closely in response to this outbreak, and to monitor for any future clusters of COVID-19 activity.

View more information on public exposures, school exposures, and facility or community outbreaks of COVID-19 within the Northern Health region.

View more information on Site C’s response to COVID-19.