More confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the LNG Canada Kitimat Site

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The COVID-19 outbreak at the  L-N-G Canada site in Kitimat continues.  

Northern Health said as of yesterday, 41 employees associated with this outbreak have tested positive for COVID-19. 

Sixteen people are in self-isolation at the project site and the rest are in isolation in their home communities.

 Health authorities also said that 34 of the 41 cases remain active.

The outbreak was first declared last week, after evidence of transmission among staff at the site was found-- and at the time fourteen employees had tested positive. 

Kitimat Mayor, Phil Germuth said he understands the community's concern with the outbreak and is encouraging everyone to continue wearing masks and to social distance. 

"I'm confident that LNG Canada and JFJV will work closely with Northern Health and do all that they can to limit any further spread of COVID-19 stemming from the outbreak. We've seen other outbreaks in communities across the province including in Northwest BC and we've seen those outbreak managed. I am confident we will see this outbreak will also be well managed."

Northern Health also stated all of the cases have occurred in the same general work location.

On-site employees are being screened, and Northern Health said contact management and tracing have gone well and will continue.

Those identified as cases and close contacts have been instructed to self-isolate. 

Northern Health added that there are no public exposures in Kitimat resulting from the event, at this time.