Third round of COVID testing at Keeyask confirms no new cases at site

Earlier today, Manitoba Hydro received results from a third round of COVID-19 testing at the Keeyask Project construction site confirming no new cases of the virus. A total of 617 tests were administered over three days between November 24 and November 26.

This round of testing the entire workforce follows the application of additional protective measures at site as part of the project’s pandemic response plan and guidance received from public health officials after the first positive case of COVID-19 was confirmed in late October.

A total of 39 COVID-19 cases were confirmed following that initial positive result and all are now recovered.

“We are happy to see no new cases. It’s a reflection of a true team effort. We also recognize the chance of more COVID-19 cases at site remains given the current state of the pandemic across the province,” said Dave Bowen, Director of the Keeyask Project for Manitoba Hydro.

“We will continue to take all reasonable steps to allow the project to proceed while protecting the health and safety of Keeyask workers, their families and their communities. Our response plan will continue to adapt as the state of the pandemic changes and will continue to be informed by the latest public health guidance,” added Bowen.

The utility is continuing to keep partner communities up to date on COVID-19 status at the site through daily briefings and weekly pandemic meetings.

For more information, including a complete list of all current measures in place and the project’s pandemic response plan see our response to COVID-19 at Keeyask.

For more information, please contact:

Bruce Owen – Media Relations Officer
204-794-8270
bowen@hydro.mb.ca

Scott Powell — Director, Corporate Communications
204-360-4417
Cell. 204-299-8849
spowell@hydro.mb.ca