Coronavirus: Outbreak at Alberta oilsands work camp prompts warning from Interior Health

The northern medical health officers for the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority confirmed Saturday there is now contact tracing investigation underway following the identification of new cases of COVID-19 in the northern part of the province.

The warning from the IHA comes after an outbreak was declared on Wednesday at the Kearl Lake oil sands project by Alberta's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw.

Now, 12 people connected to the camp north of Fort McMurray have tested positive for COVID-19, said Interior Health, which prompted Saturday's information bulletin.

Because of "close connections between communities" from people who travel for work or other reasons, the statement says there is a potential for community transmission across the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary.

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The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is putting new precautions into place, after some northern Saskatchewan COVID-19 cases were linked to northern Alberta communities.

IH medical health officers recommend that people who are contacts or potential contacts from this site self-isolate for 14 days from their last exposure to the site or to their flights home.

They should monitor for symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, chills, diminished sense of smell, body aches, and trouble breathing.

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