Snowy Hydro comments on staff COVID-19 case

Jindabyne Dam as part of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric scheme in New South Wales.

Snowy Hydro CEO Paul Broad has confirmed a staff member that was confirmed to have COVID-19 but did not come into contact with anyone as they went into immediate self-isolation.

Broad says as a provider of essential services, the company is well prepared to operate through COVID-19 and that for weeks they’ve had extensive measures in place to keep the lights on and progress Snowy 2.0 as safely and responsibly as possible.

“On Thursday last week we were notified of a positive COVID-19 test result involving a Snowy Hydro employee who went immediately into self-isolation after returning from an overseas holiday,” Mr Broad said.

“As per Snowy’s strict and proactive COVID-19 protocols, the individual went into self-isolation immediately upon returning to Australia and did not come into contact with anyone.

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“The employee was later tested following the development of a mild cough.”

The NSW Health Department has concluded that the employee has not transmitted the virus to any other person, according to Snowy Hydro.

“In this case, the risk measures implemented by Snowy Hydro weeks ago were very effective and the staff member will remain in isolation until he is medically cleared,” Mr Broad said.

“Snowy Hydro continues to strictly enforce all of its COVID-19 safety and risk measures. We are operating at full capacity, Snowy 2.0 is full steam ahead and we continue to invest locally, supporting jobs and working with local businesses and suppliers.”

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