Port Hope Conversion Facility Assumed Positive Case

April 12, 2021

Through our weekly onsite rapid antigen COVID-19 testing program, an employee from our Port Hope Conversion Facility (PHCF) tested positive for COVID-19. Individuals who receive a positive result from the weekly testing are assumed positive and required to be retested at a provincial COVID-19 assessment centre to verify the result. We all hope for this person to recover well, and we are providing the necessary support to ensure they have the resources they need during this difficult time.

Cleaning and disinfection protocols established in the event of a suspected positive COVID-19 case were quickly carried out as soon as we became aware of the positive test result on April 12.

This individual followed all COVID-19 protocols while at work including wearing a mask. Contact tracing is underway and our initial investigation has determined that there were no high-risk contacts. However, in response to the surge of COVID-19 cases in the local area and out of an abundance of caution, a handful of employees have been sent home. There is no impact to operations.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have developed and implemented a significant complement of proactive measures to help minimize the potential risk of exposure and transmission of COVID-19. At the end of March, Cameco implemented weekly rapid antigen COVID-19 testing across our Ontario operations as an additional tool to help detect and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. Today’s testing is now complete at PHCF and is offered to employees again this week on Thursday, April 15.

The health and safety of all our employees remains our top priority and we are working with our company medical team and public health authorities and continue to follow their guidance.

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For more information please contact:

Sara Forsey
Manager, Public & Government Affairs