Number of COVID-19 Cases Linked To Kearl Lake Increases To 83, One New Case in Fort McMurray

The number of cases linked to the outbreak at Imperial Oil’s Kearl Lake site, north of Fort McMurray, is continuing to rise.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced on Wednesday 83 individuals with ties to the oilsands have tested positive.

She says 33 are currently in quarantine on-site, while the other 50 are self-isolating off-site.

Each of the individuals not on-site were tested after they had left the oilsands.

Since early last week, Imperial has been testing workers on-site.

It isn’t mandatory, however, the company is recommending everyone get swabbed because people with the virus can be asymptomatic.

The majority of those off-site are in Alberta. There are a few in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia.

Active Cases in Fort McMurray

There is one new case of COVID-19 in Fort McMurray.

This raises the total of active cases to 16.

Five people in Fort McMurray and two in the rural area have recovered from the virus.

Across the province, there are 315 new cases – raising the total to 5,165.

Nearly 2,000 of these individuals have since recovered.

Meanwhile, there are seven more deaths across the province – putting the death toll at 87.

Each of the new deaths were in Calgary.

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