NWHU investigating confirmed COVID-19 cases at Valard work camp in Pickle Lake
Tim Brody - Editor
The Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) shared on Dec. 11, that it has been investigating two cases of COVID-19 at the Valard Work camp in Pickle Lake.
NWHU shared that based on the investigation, “the situation meets the Ministry of Health’s criteria for a workplace outbreak as there are two confirmed cases within a 14 day period that have no obvious source of infection outside of the workplace.”
The health unit shared that it is working with Valard Construction on further investigation of the situation and ensuring COVID-19 control measures are in place.
According to the health unit, the two cases are self-isolating according to protocols, with one of the cases isolating outside of the region. Contact follow-up is ongoing.
“As a general reminder, residents of Pickle Lake and surrounding areas should practise increased vigilance in their personal preventive measures. Please stay 2 metres from anyone not in your household, wash your hands frequently, wear a mask when in public enclosed spaces, and self-isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms. Businesses, workplaces and agencies are also encouraged to follow COVID-19 guidelines as it relates to preventing the spread of the virus,” NWHU shared, adding they would update the public if their investigation shows any heightened risk to the public at large.