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Two Canadian Natural workers test positive for COVID-19, no new cases in Fort McMurray – Fort McMurray Today

An aerial view of Canadian Natural Resources Limited oilsands mining operation near Fort McKay, Alberta. Ryan Jackson/Postmedia Network



Two contractors with Canadian Natural Resources have tested positive for COVID-19.

The two individuals worked on separate sites, with at least one worker spending time at Albian Sands. It is believed they contracted the virus off-site and did not come into contact with any other workers.

The workers were tested away from site earlier this week.

Canadian Natural Resources is the third oilsands company to have workers test positive for the virus.

The most notable case is Imperial Oil’s Kearl Lake oilsands project, located 70 kilometres north of Fort McMurray.

A company spokeperson says that as of Thursday, there are now 25 active cases quarantined at the camp. Another 35 workers tested positve for COVID-19 when they began developing symptoms after leaving the site.

The province declared an outbreak at the site when three workers tested positive for the virus on April 16.

A contractor and employee that worked at a Syncrude Canada operation tested positive on April 21 and 22 respectively.

It is believed those workers contracted the virus after they had finished their shifts.

In Fort McMurray, the number of active COVID-19 cases remains at 16. There are five recovered cases.

There are no active cases in Wood Buffalo’s rural regions, which have two recovered cases.

On Thursday, Alberta reported 190 new cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths within the past 24 hours.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, also announced at her daily update that a death previously announced has been ruled to be unrelated to COVID-19. This brings the province’s total death toll to 89.

Alberta has recorded 5,355 cases of COVID-19. Of those cases, 2,161 cases are recoveries.

More than 900 cases are linked to an outbreak at the Cargill meat packing plant in High River. Another 333 cases are connected to the JBS meat packing plant in Brooks.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Alberta has completed 148,937 tests for COVID-19.

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