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COVID-19 outbreak declared at Canadian Natural Resources' Horizon site

Last Updated Oct 16, 2020 at 7:15 pm MST

PHOTO. A 2012 file photo of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. Horizon facility. The worksite lies about 80 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, Alta. MYMCMURRAY/File Photo.

Alberta reported five new cases and three recovered cases of COVID-19 in Wood Buffalo in the last 24 hours.

Across the region, there are 22 active cases, one death, and 349 recovered cases of the infection.

19 active cases are inside the urban service area.

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Alberta reported an outbreak of COVID-19 at Canadian Natural Resources’ Horizon site.

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador said three workers linked to the site recently returned to the province.

After testing positive for the illness, all three entered self-isolation at their respective homes.

Contact tracing is underway and health officials informed close contacts to quarantine.

Alberta reported individual outbreaks at Horizon in May and August.

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The province removed CNRL’s Albian site from its watch list.

All schools in the RMWB are also off the provincial watch list for COVID-19, including Elsie Yanik School as it did not have a new case of the illness in the last 28 days.

Alberta lists schools not encountering outbreak situations as “open” under Section 1.

Provincial outlook

Dr Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, reported a positivity rate of 2.35 per cent among 14,155 tests.

Across Alberta, there are 332 new cases and no new deaths linked to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

This is the second-highest single-day report for new cases of the illness since April.

Hinshaw said she remains concerned for the Edmonton Zone, which has 1525 active cases or 54 per cent of Alberta’s cases.

117 Albertans are now in hospital with COVID-19, including 11 in intensive care.

Alberta has 2856 active cases, 288 deaths, and 18,223 recoveries of COVID-19.

Hinshaw will provide another report on Oct. 19, 2020.