Site C COVID-19 cases on the rise

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | April 21, 2021

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A dozen people at the Site C dam project in northern B.C. have tested positive for COVID-19.

This brings the total number of cases of COVID-19 related to people working on the project up to 82 since March 2020.

According to Site C’s project team, 23 workers were in isolation as of April 21.

“BC Hydro is strictly following Ministry of Health guidelines and has implemented a range of protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Site C,” said BC Hydro officials in a statement. “We require people to isolate if they show any symptoms as described by the BCCDC, no matter how mild. These symptoms include sneezing, sore throat, muscle aches, headaches, cough fever or difficulty breathing.”

Vaccination efforts are scheduled to resume at the site April 22.

Northern Health has been distributing the AstraZeneca vaccine to site workers in the 40 and above age groups. The onsite vaccination program will resume on Thursday, April 22. Roughly 1,430 workers have had their first dose.