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COVID-19 outbreak at B.C. Interior Teck mine impacts people out of province

Last Updated Dec 16, 2020 at 3:12 pm PST

This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab. Coronaviruses, including the newest one, are named for the spikes that cover their outer surface like a crown, or corona in Latin. Using those club-shaped spikes, the virus latches on to the outer wall of a human cell, invades it and replicates, creating viruses to hijack more cells. (NIAID-RML via AP)

The Interior is dealing with another outbreak of COVID-19

Another 27 people have tested positive connected to a Teck mining operation north of Sparwood, near Elkford

Interior Health says the cases involve area residents in communities on Vancouver Island and three other provinces

ELKFORD (NEWS 1130) — A COVID-19 outbreak linked to Teck mining operations near Elkford, north of Sparwood, has been declared by Interior Health.

The outbreak has 27 confirmed cases that involve three sites operated by Teck Mining Ltd, impacting residents who live in the area and as far away as Vancouver Island, Alberta, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

“Interior Health has been working closely with Teck to monitor local operations and is confident the proper practices and procedures are in place for environmental cleaning, symptom screening and physical distancing to prevent community transmission of COVID-19,” a release from the health authority reads.

“There is currently no indication of COVID-19 spread into the community, however, everyone in all communities should remain vigilant.”

Ten people out of the 27 cases at the three sites are self-isolating.