A statement from LNG Canada for the Haisla community regarding COVID-19:
LNG Canada and JFJV have created a unified command incident management team (IMT) in Kitimat and are sharing key information daily between our companies in the best interests of our staff, contractors and local communities. The Project has begun to reduce operations at site by 50%, to reduce the number of people flying in and out of the community and the number of people requiring lodging. The reductions in the activities and people at site have been focused on workers that require lodging for the time being. We are relying on local workers, where and to the extent possible. For workers remaining on site, LNG Canada, JFJV and our lodging providers have implemented a number of preventive measures, from increasing cleaning to altering the way food is prepared and served to implementing social distancing as per health guidelines. JFJV and LNG Canada continue to evaluate the number of workers required on site to complete essential work. If it becomes necessary, LNG Canada and JFJV will implement further reductions of people at site to critical levels required to maintain site security and environmental controls.
We understand that both Charter and Commercial airlines have undertaken steps to implement rigorous safety and hygiene protocols in line with COVID 19 public health advice. To avoid putting strain on the Kitimat and Terrace communities, JFJV, LNG Canada and our subcontractors are using internal health care resources provided by ISOS and MEDCOR and additional screening processes. Passengers arriving on commercial flights are required to fill a questionnaire, passengers arriving on charter flights are required to fill a questionnaire and to take their temperature. ISOS and MEDCOR have Personal Protective Equipment, including N95 respirators, gloves, gowns etc that have been purchased from outside the local area to avoid straining local community resources. Should there be a potential or confirmed case at any of the lodgings, LNG Canada, JFJV and our lodging providers will activate quarantine procedures and ensure the individual is isolated and quarantined for 14 days, as per direction from Northern Health. Should a worker require further medical treatment, the Project will follow Northern Health’s guidance for treatment.
As a preventative measure all individuals coming to and from the lodges are stopped at a checkpoint and screened for COVID symptoms. Should there be a presumptive or confirmed case at any of the lodging, JFJV, LNG Canada and lodging operators will activate quarantine procedures and ensure the individual is isolated and quarantined for 14 days or more, as per direction from Northern Health. Should a worker require further medical treatment, the Project will follow Northern Health’s guidance for treatment.
At the moment we are not aware of any presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the camp, though there are a number of individuals who are self-isolating, following the COVID19 guidelines, but who may also be isolating as a result of other medical concerns. For reasons of privacy, we do not share information regarding the number of people who may be self-isolating at any given time.
LNG Canada and JGC Fluor are meeting regularly, along with lodging operators, to plan for any possibility related to the COVID-19 pandemic. With a reduced number of workers, lodging facilities have the capacity to isolate individuals as may be needed based on existing guidance, or who test positive for the virus.