People from the Interior Health Region are alerted to a COVID-19 outbreak at a labor camp north of Fort McMurray.
The IHA’s warning comes after an outbreak was declared on Wednesday at the Kearl Lake oil sands project by Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw.
There have been 12 people connected to this labor camp who tested positive for the virus, and the IHA says there is a possibility of community spread between the labor camp and the interior of the south, saying that a lot of people work there who live here.
IH says anyone who may have been in direct or indirect contact with a Kearl Lake oil sands worker should be isolated for 14 days. He said that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate anyway.
As of Saturday morning, 2,397 cases of COVID-19 and 50 deaths have been reported in Alberta and 1,618 cases and 78 deaths in British Columbia.