Contact tracing and public health measures are still underway in the Pickle Lake area, after an outbreak of COVID-19 was declared at a nearby work camp.

Two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed within the Valard work camp on December 11. Staff have been working on the Wataynikaneyap power project in northwestern Ontario, which will connect 16 First Nation communities to the provincial electricity grid.

Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kit Young-Hoon, says staff are continuing to work alongside the Calgary-based Valard construction to keep their employees and the Pickle Lake community as safe as possible.

“At this point, public health measures are appropriately in place. There are still only two cases, which is good news. We are hopeful that there will be no additional cases, and we are continuing to monitor the situation.”

The two cases within a 14 day period meets the Ministry of Health’s criteria for a workplace outbreak, with no obvious source of infection outside of the workplace. One of the two individuals isolated within the region, and the other isolated elsewhere.

Pickle Lake area residents are asked to practice increased vigilance in their personal protective measures, and all residents are asked to assume COVID-19 is spreading within your community.

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COVID-19 outbreak at Pickle Lake camp