FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — More than a dozen people at the Site C dam project near Fort St. John, B.C. are in self-isolation after a worker travelling from Alberta tested positive for COVID-19.
Last week, BC Hydro announced that a worker who flew in from Alberta on July 13 self-isolated after receiving positive COVID-19 test results from Alberta Health Services on July 15. The Northern Health Authority conducted a second test and confirmed the worker was positive on July 16.
After a contact tracing investigation, Northern Health instructed 13 of the site’s 1,411 workers to self-isolate as well in an isolation dormitory.
According to BC Hydro, the sick worker is being treated by the onsite health clinic, which is equipped to provide health care to workers in isolation or quarantine. The worker will continue isolating in their room, which is in a separate dormitory and away from other workers, until they are medically cleared to leave. Officials said that before self-isolating, the worker had not left the camp or had any interaction with the local community.
BC Hydro stated it will continue to follow Ministry of Health guidelines, which require people to isolate if they show any respiratory symptoms, no matter how mild. These symptoms include sneezing, sore throat, muscle aches, headaches, cough, fever or difficulty breathing. Isolations not related to contact tracing are in a different isolation dormitory.
“BC Hydro has been closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19 since January and have implemented extensive measures to protect the health and safety of our workers on the Site C project and reduce the potential for transmission at camp,” reads a statement from project officials. “BC Hydro’s top priority on the Site C project will always be the safety of its employees, workers and members of the public. We continue to work with the Northern Health Authority and strictly follow all federal and provincial health guidelines to protect other workers in the camp and the local community.”