Customs House street view
Rendering of the Customs House (view from Government St by the Empress Hotel) - Photo by Cielo Properties

There have been several reports of positive COVID-19 cases at a construction site in downtown Victoria.

A source who wishes to remain anonymous told Victoria Buzz he is aware of at least three positive cases at the Customs House construction site on Wharf Street.

Banyan Group, the construction group in charge of the site, has confirmed the COVID cases in a statement this afternoon.

They said that they have received guidance from industry partners in Vancouver who have experienced similar COVID exposures

“We confirm that we have had COVID exposures within the sub-trades at our Victoria Customs House site in Victoria. Our team immediately notified all potential affected parties,” said the statement.

“Our company has met and exceeded COVID guidelines from the onset of the pandemic and we will continue to use all possible means to minimize exposure and transmission.”

The Vancouver Island Construction Association also released a statement confirming they are aware of a confirmed COVID-19 exposure at the Victoria Customs House site.

According to the association, the infected individuals and their immediate contacts are now isolating.

The site is temporarily closed to undergo additional cleaning and sanitization measures.

The dates of potential exposure are March 15th, 16th, and 17th.

It is advised that anyone who came into close contact with tile setters, electricians, or plumbers must self-isolate.

Close Contact Defined:

  • Physical touching e.g. handshake, pat on the back, high five etc.
  • Being within 2 meters (approximately 6 ft)
  • or in a confined space e.g. bathroom with an individual for more than 15 minutes (even if you are wearing a mask).

The source tells Victoria Buzz that at least three people have tested positive for COVID-19.

It’s unclear if this will be considered an outbreak. Victoria Buzz has reached out to Island Health for comment.

As of yesterday’s Island Health Update, the southern Vancouver Island region currently has 72 active cases.

More to come.

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