LNG Canada confirms worker in Kitimat positive for COVID-19

LNG worker tests positive

A worker at the LNG Canada site in Kitimat has tested positive for COVID-19, the company has confirmed.

The company notified workers in a letter this past weekend, saying the individual returned to their home in the region to self-isolate upon experiencing mild symptoms a week earlier.

"LNG Canada has been advised that an individual who had been engaged in work on the LNG Canada site had tested positive for COVID-19," said Susannah Pierce, LNG Canada’s director of corporate affairs.

"The test was conducted after the individual had experienced mild symptoms and had immediately returned to their home to self-isolate, in accordance with self-isolation advisories and requirements."

Northern Health has informed those who were in contact with the worker.

Pierce said the company communicated the case and the steps being taken to its workforce in the March 28 letter.

"We applaud the action taken by the individual who self-isolated immediately upon experiencing symptoms," said Pierce. "Their action has contributed to the prevention of potential further spread."

"Currently, no one staying at the lodges has tested positive for COVID-19," Pierce added. 

LNG Canada said March 16 it was scaling back its workforce in Kitimat by half in order to reduce exposure to the community and workers already there.

Pierce said the company, along with its main contractor JGC Fluor, continue to monitor and respond to the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic.

Kitimat Mayor Phil Germuth said the District is aware of the positive test case, and said LNG Canada is following Northern Health’s direction on the matter.

"The District is overwhelmingly supportive of the proactive measures that LNG Canada and the workforce accommodation centres have taken to date," Germuth said. "Some members of Council have voiced the need for all businesses and industry that use workers from outside the area to continue to pursue all viable measures to protect the community and workers from the spread of COVID-19."

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