COVID-19 Outbreak Declared At Suncor’s Firebag Site as 21 Individuals Contract Virus

Suncor Energy is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak at Firebag, north of Fort McMurray.

Since October 18, 21 individuals at the site have contracted the virus with Alberta Health Services officially declaring an outbreak late last week.

Company Spokesperson Erin Rees tells Mix News six individuals have since recovered, while the remaining 15 are currently self-isolating.

They note 19 of the cases have been linked to a single rig, which has been temporarily shut down. Rees adds this has no impact on the company’s production levels.

Meanwhile, eight individuals with ties to Suncor’s Base Plant continue to have the virus.

Since August 22, 36 cases have been linked to the site.

Rees notes there’s no connection between the two outbreaks.

Meanwhile, there are four outbreaks currently active across the oilsands as CNRL’s Horizon site and Syncrude’s Mildred Lake site have seen employees and contract workers get the virus.

These outbreaks won’t be declared over until four weeks have passed without any new cases.

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