FORT MCMURRAY (660 NEWS) — Experiences present that COVID-19 has contaminated greater than 1,000 employees throughout 21 outbreaks within the oil sands for the reason that pandemic started. Sixteen of these 21 outbreaks had been within the Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo space, with round 85 per cent of all circumstances. That is the very best focus of office outbreaks in any Alberta metropolis in addition to Calgary and Edmonton.
Since March, 1,008 oil sands employees have caught COVID-19, with solely 63 of these circumstances remaining energetic. This quantity consists of 101 out-of-province workers that examined optimistic whereas working in Alberta, 93 of which had been in Fort McMurray. In whole 855 circumstances had been reported at websites within the Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo area.
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Throughout a press convention Mayor Don Scott mentioned that Alberta Well being Companies haven’t offered town with loads of info through the pandemic.
“We now have requested for lots of particulars on loads of issues, however we’re not getting it on a regular basis,” mentioned Scott. “It’s been a development all through your entire COVID-19 expertise that we’re by no means getting the entire info that we want.”
Suncor has seen 309 employees take a look at optimistic for COVID-19, greater than some other firm working on the oil sands. Twenty-six of these circumstances are nonetheless energetic. The Suncor base plant additionally noticed extra energetic circumstances than some other work web site, 203.23 of these circumstances stay energetic. Syncrude has seen the second highest quantity of circumstances with 239 amongst its workers. Syncrude’s Mildred Lake camp noticed 189 circumstances, and their Aurora web site had two separate outbreaks with circumstances totaling to 50.
The Oil Sands Neighborhood Alliance says that almost all of infections had been contracted and unfold exterior of the office, however couldn’t affirm how many individuals caught the virus on the job.