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Kearl Lake outbreak cases continue to rise

Kearl Lake outbreak cases continue to rise
IMPERIAL OIL — Cases associated with the Kearl Lake oilsands project have risen to 108, officials in Alberta confirmed. Health officials in B.C. and Saskatchewan continue to try and stop the outbreak’s spread as workers return to their home provinces.

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA. — A COVID-19 outbreak at the Kearl Lake oilsands project near Fort McMurray, Alta. has now been linked to more than 100 cases in four provinces.

Earlier this month, the province also announced an outbreak at Canadian Natural Resources’ Horizon operation which has infected four people in Alberta and one in B.C. All four Albertans linked to the Horizon outbreak have recovered as have 79 cases in Alberta linked to the Kearl Lake outbreak.

According to Alberta Health Services (AHS), the Kearl Lake site outbreak has been linked to 84 patients in Alberta, 19 in B.C., and a single case each for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Imperial Oil, the site’s owner, stated it is working with AHS on plans to do broad COVID-19 testing for all Kearl Lake workers which will help collect data on how the virus is potentially spreading as well as gather possible insight into asymptomatic carriers.

B.C. officials have advised anyone working at the site returning to the province to self-isolate.

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