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Site C worker dies from COVID-19

BC Hydro says this was result of community transmission, not on-site
Site C - Fort St. John 4 river diversion
River diversion at Site C outside Fort St. John, photo taken in October 2020. / BC Hydro

BC Hydro has confirmed that a Site C worker who contracted the COVID-19 virus has died.

Few details are known at this time. BC Hydro spokesman Dave Conway said Monday (Jan. 25) the company learned of the death over the weekend, and that the individual worked for one of its contractors.

“This case was concluded to have been from a community transmission and not the result of an onsite transmission,” Conway said.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to individual’s family, friends and co-workers. Out of respect for the person’s family, we will not be providing any further information at this time."

BC Hydro has reported 40 cases of COVID-19 among the Site C workforce since the pandemic began last March.

Of those, seven cases are listed as active, while 33 cases have been cleared.

As of Monday, there were 942 workers reported at camp, including three in self-isolation.

A total of six people died from COVID-19 in Northern Health from the weekend, rising the toll to 61 since last year.

The authority has recorded 3,213 cases during the pandemic, which includes 16 people in critical care among 47 hospitalizations.