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Five offshore workers test positive and evacuated

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Posted at 1:01 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 14:02:43-04

Five offshore workers have been evacuated from a Shell-operated platform in the gulf after testing positive for covid, the company says.

“Shell can confirm that five individuals working on a Shell-operated platform in the US Gulf of Mexico have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, there are four Persons Under Investigation. Of these nine total individuals, seven have been evacuated to onshore medical facilities, and the remaining two PUIs have been isolated and are scheduled to be evacuated today. Personnel on Board (POB) is being reduced to minimum staffing levels," a spokeswoman tells KATC TV3.

"Shell’s priority remains the safety and health of our people and the safe operations of all our businesses. We have been and will continue to take steps to protect all employees following guidance from the CDC and local public health officials while maintaining data privacy and individual health confidentiality. In accordance with Shell’s data privacy policy/manual and health privacy laws, we will not comment on the health condition of specific individuals," she says.