COVID-19 case at work camp north of Fort McMurray

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A worker staying at a work camp north of Fort McMurray has tested positive for COVID-19, while six Syncrude employees have tested positive for the virus.

On Tuesday, Syncrude spokesperson Will Gibson confirmed the six workers had been infected with the virus. Contact tracing is ongoing.

But because it is believed the workers contracted the virus off-site, Alberta Health has not declared a workplace outbreak.

“All evidence to date shows transmission took place off of our work site,” said Gibson.

Gibson did not know when the workers’ last shifts were, but confirmed the results have come in within the past seven days. It is also not known if the six cases are related to each other.

On Monday, staff and tenants at Civeo’s Lynx Lodge north of Fort McMurray were told a guest at the camp had also tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing is ongoing.

“Once a medical practitioner confirmed they were symptomatic for COVID-19, the guest was transferred directly to an isolation dorm to await testing,” read a message to guests and staff at the lodge. “It appears that the individual traveled alone to site and was isolated on the same evening of their arrival.”

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