Teck Coal Limited  

Sparwood Administration Office

P.O. Box 1777 609 Douglas Fir Road

Sparwood, B.C. Canada  V0B 2G0   +1 250 425 8096 Tel        

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19-XX-TRI                                                                                                                            Date: April 9, 2020


COVID-19 Testing for Symptomatic Employees/Contractors in Work Camps


Updated guidelines from Interior Health Authority indicates expanded criteria for COVID-19 testing that includes symptomatic workers living in congregate settings such as work camps and residents of remote or isolated communities. Sparwood Health Centre is now open for COVID-19 testing, by appointment only. Please take the following steps if you think you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19.


  • If you are an employee/contractor living in a work camp and experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as follows:


Mild Symptoms may include some or all of the following:

Severe Symptoms may include any of the mild symptoms as well as:

  • Low-grade fever

  • Cough

  • Malaise (overall feeling of discomfort)

  • Runny nose

  • Headache

  • Fatigue

  • Sore throat

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea

  • Fever

  • Shortness of breath

  • Difficulty breathing and/or chest pain


  • Contact Elk Valley COVID-19 local line 250-425-3777 – available Monday-Friday 8:30-4:00 pm and Weekends 11:00-3:00 pm (outside of these hours, please contact 811).

  • Specify that you live in a work camp or live in a remote or isolated community.

  • Nurses on the line will screen for COVID-19 symptoms using the most up-to-date criteria.

  • During the call, the nurses will book an appointment for COVID-19 testing for workers who meet the criteria. Testing must not occur prior to 24 hours of symptom onset.

  • The COVID-19 testing will take place at Sparwood Testing Centre located at the Sparwood Health Centre (unless directed otherwise by the nurse).

  • The local line will provide advice and guidance regarding COVID-19 and any recommendations for isolating.


The Sparwood Health Centre is open daily by appointment only, please do not drop in. If your symptoms are severe and you need urgent care, please contact 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Department and call ahead. Please be advised that the Elkford Emergency Department is currently closed, Sparwood and Fernie are functioning as usual. Fernie Emergency Department (64 km from Elkford) is open 24/7 and Sparwood (36km from Elkford) opens daily from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Mining operations in the Elk Valley

Safe use of Hand Sanitizer