March 24, 2020 / 8:40 PM / 4 months ago

Canada oil sands worker tests negative for coronavirus - Civeo

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - A worker who became ill while staying at a Canada oil sands work camp has tested negative for the new coronavirus, the camp’s operator Civeo Corp said on Tuesday.

The worker reported the negative test to Civeo, the Houston-based company’s spokesman, Regan Nielsen, said. The man who had been staying at Borealis Lodge went to hospital last week for symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Civeo had initially described the case as “presumptive positive” before saying it was only a “possible” case.

Such camps are a common form of lodging for workers involved in oil production, construction or other trades at the oil sands near Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Editing by Bernadette Baum

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