VALEMOUNT, B.C. – A cluster of COVID-19 cases at the Trans Mountain Pipeline project is being monitored and assessed by health officials but it is not being officially declared an outbreak.
According to Northern Health, medical health officers are working with Trans Mountain to manage the cluster of COVID-19 cases among employees and contractors in the Valemount area.
To date, 16 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in association with the cluster, and the cases are considered active at this time. There are approximately 50 close contacts in self-isolation.
“A COVID-19 outbreak is not being declared at this time,” said health officials in a press release. “Public Health’s investigation suggests the majority of infections were not acquired at the site, and there is little evidence of ongoing transmission of illness among project employees.”
Northern Health is encouraging Trans Mountain staff, and residents in the Valemount area, to be aware that COVID-19 continues to spread, and to take preventive measures like washing hands, wearing masks and getting vaccinated.
North Health noted that Trans Mountain has implemented further cluster management measures, enhanced employee screening, mandatory mask-wearing and increased sanitization across the site to combat the cluster.
Northern Health and Trans Mountain stated they have been monitoring the cluster of COVID-19 cases since early August and have been collaborating to implement enhanced control measures for reducing the risk of transmission of illness.