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COVID-19 outbreak at East-West Tie construction camp

Five cases so far associated with COVID-19 outbreak at construction camp near Marathon
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A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at an East-West Tie construction camp in Marathon. (File photo)

MARATHON, Ont. – A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at a construction camp in Marathon, about 300 kilometres east of Thunder Bay.

Five people associated with Valard Construction’s East-West Tie Project camp in Marathon have so far tested positive, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit announced Saturday evening.

The health unit is actively investigating the outbreak to assess the risk of exposure to other workers, it said. Anyone identified as a close contact will be contacted directly by a public health nurse.

"At this time, anyone who is not specifically contacted by public health would be considered at low risk," the agency said.

The East-West Tie project is a nearly billion-dollar, 450-kilometre power line connecting transfer stations at Thunder Bay and Wawa.

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