COVID-19: Cameco employee at Port Hope fuel manufacturing facility tests positive

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Cameco Fuel Manufacturing in Port Hope reports an employee tested positive for COVID-19. File / Global News

Uranium processing company Cameco says an employee at its fuel manufacturing facility in Port Hope, Ont., has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

According to Sara Forsey, manager, public and government affairs, the company was made aware of the case on Thursday.

She said the employee last worked at the Port Hope site on Monday and began experiencing symptoms on Tuesday.

“This employee followed all protocols and did not enter the workplace with symptoms,” Forsey said.

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She said cleaning and disinfection protocols established in the event of a suspected positive COIVD-19 case were “quickly carried out “as soon as the company was aware of the symptomatic employee on Tuesday.

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“According to our initial investigation, all safety protocols were followed, and no other employees were exposed through close contact while at work,” she said.

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“Cameco is working closely with our company medical team and will work with the relevant health authorities as we move forward.”

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Since the pandemic was declared, Forsey said Cameco Fuel Manufacturing, along with all of its operations, developed and implemented a number of proactive measures to help minimize the potential risk of exposure and transmission of COVID-19.

In April Cameco had a temporary shutdown of its UF6 plant Port Hope and a refinery in Blind River, Ont. The fuel manufacturing facilities were not impacted.

“We are supporting our employee to ensure they have the resources they need during this difficult time,” she said.

As of Thursday, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit reported five active cases in Northumberland County.