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Nalcor reports positive COVID-19 case at our Soldiers Pond work site

On Saturday, November 14, a contracted worker at the Lower Churchill Project Soldiers Pond site on the Avalon Peninsula tested positive for COVID-19 through a private testing Lab. The test result was directed to Public Health and has been confirmed as a positive COVID-19 case. The individual is self-isolating in St. John’s.

The individual is from outside Canada and received permission under the NL Special Measures Orders to work at the Soldiers Pond site. The individual has been following the essential worker exemption protocols in place by public health and has been self-Isolating in St. John’s when not at work. The individual has also followed all LCP worksite isolation protocols and is not believed to have had close contact with other individuals while at work.

Nalcor has established stringent health and safety measures at all its work sites to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. The area where this individual worked has been closed off and our cleaning protocols have been activated. Work in one building at the site has been stopped while cleaning is completed.

Because of the health and safety protocols in place at the Soldiers Pond site it is believed that the risk to other individuals working at Soldiers Pond is low.

Upon coming to work at the Soldiers Pond site on November 10, the individual worked in isolation for two night shifts on November 10 and 12 and did not show any symptoms during either shift. On November 13 the individual was notified of a COVID-19 positive test of a family member in their home country.

Nalcor has advised workers at the Soldiers Pond site of the positive case and is working with public health officials to identify possible close contacts. As part of their investigation Public Health will be conducting contact tracing and will identify and notify anyone considered to be a close contact. Out of an abundance of caution, for all other workers from the Soldiers Pond site, private testing can be arranged by Nalcor for individuals who are concerned about their possible exposure.