By Andru McCracken

Trans Mountain confirmed a Valemount worker tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

A worker had been in the Valemount camp for two days when he was informed that one of the people he was in contact with (prior to coming to camp) had tested positive, according to Trans Mountain.

The affected camp worker has self-isolated.

“As per our COVID-19 protocols, the person was immediately isolated and continues to isolate within our separate quarantine wing,” said a spokesperson for Trans Mountain.

The spokesperson said the camp medical team believes there is low risk to others staying in the camp and that the risk of transmission for the community is low.

“All protocols and procedures have been strictly followed. These protocols and procedures are in place to protect the safety of everyone involved with the camp and surrounding community.”

Trans Mountain said Northern Health and the BC Center for Disease Control have been notified.

“Trans Mountain continues to follow the guidance of our health authorities to slow the spread of COVID-19. Our priority remains the health and well-being of our workforce and communities in which we work. We will continue to make our decisions accordingly and with an abundance of caution … and make decisions that help us limit the spread of this virus and protect those most vulnerable to it.”

Trans Mountain said they will continue to monitor the situation and advise the appropriate individuals or groups should there be any changes.

Mayor Owen Torgerson said it’s a reminder for the community to remain vigilant.

“I’m happy we aren’t seeing community transmission,” he said. “It’s another example that we can not get complacent.”

Regional Manager of Public Affairs & Media Relations for the Northern Health Authority, Eryn Collins said they wouldn’t confirm or discuss small numbers of cases unless there was a public health concern or potential public exposure.

“I can share that there are no declared outbreaks or public exposure concerns in the Northern interior area, which includes the Robson Valley, at this time,” she said.