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Work at Keeyask dam in Manitoba scaled back after 16 COVID-19 cases confirmed

By The Canadian Press   


Construction on the major hydro project is in the final stretch. PHOTO: Manitoba Hydro

Manitoba Hydro says it is temporarily reducing the number of employees at the Keeyask Generating Station construction project as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19.

The company said in a news release over the weekend that five of the 764 workers at the site in the province’s north tested positive for COVID-19. That number rose to 16 confirmed cases, as well as 15 “not clear” results in a subsequent update Nov. 2.

Common areas at the camp have been closed and the utility has stopped bringing workers to the site, with the exception of a small number of staff “required to maintain critical project operations.” Nearly 100 workers are isolating at the project site while another 35 have been transported off-site to isolate, Manitoba Hydro said Nov. 2.

The crown utility has given no timeline for when normal work rotations are expected to resume.



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