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Site C COVID-19 updates

Site C daily update

BC Hydro has not been notified of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Site C. The on-site health clinic is following B.C. Ministry of Health guidelines, which require people to self-isolate for 10 days if they show any of the following symptoms: sneezing, sore throat, muscle aches, headaches, cough fever or difficulty breathing. BC Hydro is being very cautious with our application of the guidelines and asking people to self-isolate with any slight symptom.

Site C camp status: April 4, 2020  
Number of people in camp  928
Number of people in self-isolation at camp  10

 

Effective April 3, BC Hydro is temporarily suspending the Site C shuttle service between Two Rivers Lodge and Fort St. John.

We have been closely monitoring the use of the shuttle since we began scaling back certain construction activities at site on March 18. Since that time, we’ve observed a steady decline in shuttle ridership, corresponding with the reduction in the number of workers staying in the lodge.

We will make alternative arrangements (such as ordering and delivery) to accommodate workers who need to re-provision personal items while the service is suspended.

 

In continuing efforts to ensure the health and safety of all workers, Site C is implementing additional COVID-19 health screening measures by introducing pre-access screening.

In mid-March, contractors working on the Site C project began using the B.C. Ministry of Health COVID-19 self-assessment questionnaire, including for employees returning on charter flights to Fort St. John. The provincial COVID-19 self-assessment questionnaire allows people to determine if you should self-isolate as a precautionary measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Additionally, BC Hydro is introducing another layer of protection by commencing a pre-access screening consisting of the same B.C. Ministry of Health COVID-19 self-assessment, along with a non-invasive temperature scan, starting with an initial launch at Gate A. Full implementation of this pre-access screening will be in place at both Gate A and B very shortly.

Effective March 30, 2020, pre-access COVID-19 screening will commence at Gate A. All light-duty vehicles (non-commercial) are required to access site though Gate A. Only commercial vehicles will be authorized to access site through Gate B. Gate C will be closed effective March 30, and subject to the same access procedures that are currently in place for overnight access. Traffic at Gate A will be directed by traffic control personnel to the turnaround area adjacent to the Gate A entrance which has been designated as the 'pre-access screening' area.

All workers will be required to show their Site C access card and follow instructions from the staff administering screening protocols. Staff will obtain verbal consent to conduct the screening. If consent is not provided, access to site will be denied. Once consent is given, the screeners will ask questions from the provincial self-assessment questionnaire, and will conduct a non-invasive, therma-red temperature measurement.

During the screening process workers will remain in their vehicle, or alternatively on the shuttle bus. Screening will be conducted by health practitioners and all information will be kept confidential. Those determined through the completion of the COVID-19 self-assessment questionnaire to be free of symptoms or indicators of high-risk for transmission, will proceed through security to access site.

If a worker answers “YES” to any of the self-assessment questions, displaying symptoms or possessing a body temperature in excess of 37.3°C will subject to a secondary health assessment, in a separate, sterilized environment, to be conducted by the iSOS Medical Clinic.

If, after assessment by the iSOS clinic medical practitioner, it is recommended for self-isolation, the worker can return home if a local resident. Anyone not a local resident will be safely transported to the isolation dormitory in the Two Rivers Lodge, for continued monitoring and re-assessment by iSOS medical practitioners. A BC Hydro representative will notify the worker's employer if they are required to self-isolate. No other details of the assessment will be provided to BC Hydro or the employer.

BC Hydro may collect information about those directed to self-isolation for the purpose of administering the self-isolation. BC Hydro is authorized to collect this information under section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

BC Hydro's top priority on the Site C project will always be the safety of our employees, workers and people living in the community.

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the Site C project.

Following a conversation with local mayors and elected officials on March 22, BC Hydro committed that it would not move any Site C worker in self-isolation at camp into the city.

We look forward to further conversations with the City of Fort St. John to discuss the measures we're taking to keep workers and the community safe, while reducing the potential impact on local hospitals and medical facilities.

The project is strictly following provincial health guidelines at site and we will continue to work with Northern Health to develop an acceptable approach to moving workers back to their homes.

Site C is an important project for the local economy and we will continue to move the project forward on critical work areas.

Our top priority is the health and safety of our employees, contractors and members of the public. We have been monitoring COVID-19 closely since January 2020 and have been taking appropriate action as the situation evolves.

To minimize the risk of transmission to our site we've implemented measures to mitigate the risk of a COVID-19 event occurring.

These include:

  • scaling back certain construction activities on site to reduce the number of workers staying at the worker accommodation lodge and fewer workers travelling to and from Fort St. John and the Peace Region;
  • restrictions on non-essential travel for BC Hydro employees and consulting service providers;
  • postponing all non-essential site tours, meetings and on-site training; and
  • increasing site-wide communications promoting good hygiene, such as frequent hand washing and staying home when ill.

We have been working closely with lodge operators and the on-site health clinic to quickly implement enhanced measures to reduce the risk of a COVID-19 event occurring at site.

Common area closures

The following common areas have been closed to maintain social distancing guidelines:

  • Spiritual room
  • TV and games rooms
  • Movie theatre
  • Recreational rooms and gym
  • The Bean Café
  • Two Rivers Lounge
  • Hair salon
Dining room

In continuing efforts to ensure the health and safety of all workers, Site C is implementing additional COVID-19 health screening measures by introducing pre-access screening. In mid-March, Contractors working on the Site C Project began using the BC Ministry of Health COVID-19 self-assessment questionnaire (https://bc.thrive.health/COVID19), including for employees returning on charter flights to Fort St. John. The provincial COVID-19 self-assessment questionnaire allows people to determine if you should self-isolate as a precautionary measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • Guests are required to wash their hands prior to entering the dining room and mug-up room.
  • Tables are set up to help workers adhere to social distancing guidelines (fewer seats at each table and tables spaced farther apart).
  • Dining tables are cleaned after each use and additional touchless hand sanitizing stations are available.
  • All self-service food stations, such as beverage dispensers and the salad bar, are closed. Certain foods, such as salads, are now prepackaged.
  • Cups/mugs, cutlery and all condiments, such as sugar packets, ketchup, etc., need to be requested.
  • Two hot food line-ups will be in effect to provide more efficient service times.
  • Additional staff are on site to manage these changes and ensure social distancing guidelines are followed.
Health clinic

The Site C Health Clinic, managed by International SOS, is well equipped with experienced health practitioners, test kits and medical supplies. In addition, the camp has the ability to comfortably isolate any workers who are awaiting test results, or who may test positive for COVID-19.

Learn what else BC Hydro is doing in response to COVID-19.