BC Hydro says since the beginning of March, there have been more than 40 cases of COVID-19 reported at Site C. There are 13 active cases and 100 workers isolating at home or on site.

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The Northern Health Authority has declared a COVID-19 outbreak on the Site C dam project in B.C.’s Peace River region.

B.C. Hydro says the outbreak is among workers of Peace River Hydro Partners, the project’s main civil works contractor, specifically those working in the contractor’s office complex and on the dam core excavation.

Northern Health has determined there is no need to stop work on the project, and work will continue as planned, B.C. Hydro said, in a news release Thursday.

Since the beginning of March, there have been more than 40 cases of COVID-19 reported at Site C. As of today, there are 13 active cases and 100 workers isolating at home or on site.

The outbreak declaration will remain in place for at least 28 days.

President of B.C. Hydro Chris O’Riley said they have worked hard to avoid the spread of COVID-19 at Site C, with screening and physical distancing measures, but concedes more must be done.

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“The declaration of the outbreak demonstrates that we need to do better, and we will. In addition to the steps we are already taking, we will look to implement further measures in the coming days,” he said, in a statement.

He said they are working to identify and isolate any employees who may have been exposed, and testing asymptomatic employees in isolation.

“The health and safety of our workers and the public remains our top priority,” said O’Riley. “We continue to work with Northern Health to manage this outbreak and ensure all health guidelines to protect workers and community members are being followed.”

ticrawford@postmedia.com

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