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Alberta COVID-19 outbreak may affect Okanagan, Kamloops workers

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April 18, 2020 - 10:23 AM

An COVID-19 outbreak near Fort McMurray may impact workers in the Interior Health region.

"On April 15, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, reported an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Kearl Lake oil sands project, north of Fort McMurray. To date, 12 people connected with this work camp have tested positive for COVID-19," according to IH in a news release.

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"Many residents in the Interior Health region travel to work camps in Alberta for employment and there is potential for transmission between communities and between our provinces," according to the release.

Interior Health health officials recommend that residents who are contacts or potential contacts from this site should self-isolate for "14 days from their last exposure to the site or to their flights home. As well, anyone in the community who experiences signs of illness, such as a fever or dry cough (should) immediately self-isolate for 14 days," according to IH.

IH is reminding residents to stay home as much as possible, to practice physical distancing and to wash your hands frequently to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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