News and Information

The news and information section includes media releases, information sheets, field work notices and project videos about Site C.

Site C COVID-19 updates

Site C daily update

BC Hydro is strictly following Ministry of Health guidelines and has implemented a range of protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Site C.

We require people to isolate if they show any respiratory symptoms, no matter how mild. These symptoms include sneezing, sore throat, muscle aches, headaches, cough fever or difficulty breathing. 

On October 13 and October 15, 2020, BC Hydro confirmed two, unrelated positive cases of COVID-19 at camp.

We will continue to update the numbers daily.

Site C camp status: October 19, 2020  
Number of people in camp 1,598
Number of people in self-isolation at camp 12

 

Infographic: Preventing the spread of COVID-19 at Site C

 

Provincial Health Officer guidelines for physical distancing in the fight against COVID-19 extend to people sharing vehicles and/or travelling in the same vehicle.

In addition to these guidelines, BC Hydro provides the following best practices for contractors and vendors on and off site:

  • Vehicles be assigned to a single individual, not shared.
  • Single cab vehicles have only one occupant (the driver).
  • Dual cab vehicles have a maximum of two occupants, the driver and one passenger in the rear seat, on the opposite side of the vehicle (diagonal seating).
  • Crew vans have one occupant per row of seating, on the opposite side of the vehicle from the occupant in the row ahead (diagonal seating).
  • Ensure the inside and outside of vehicles are cleaned regularly, including a disinfectant wipe down of all touch points (door handles, steering wheels, consoles, seats and windows).

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.

 

Effective March 30, BC Hydro started implementing additional COVID-19 health screening measures at Site C access points.

All workers accessing site will be subject to health screening consisting of the B.C. Ministry of Health COVID-19 self-assessment questionnaire, along with a non-invasive temperature scan.

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.

Workers are 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, staff will ask questions from the provincial self-assessment questionnaire, and will conduct a non-invasive, therma-red temperature measurement, similar to those used in airports.

Workers determined through the completion of the COVID-19 self-assessment questionnaire to be free of symptoms, will proceed through security to access site.

If a worker answers “yes” to any of the self-assessment questions, displays flu-like symptoms or has a body temperature in excess of 37.3°C, they will subject to a secondary health assessment, to be conducted by on-site medical clinic practitioners.

If, after the secondary assessment, they are 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 medical practitioners.

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.

Face masks are mandatory in camp.

Common area closures

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

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