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Friday, September 30, 2022

Health officials have said a COVID-19 outbreak at a mine in the N.W.T.

COVID-19 outbreak

Key Takeaways:

  • There have been four confirmed cases at the Gahcho Kué mine, with eight close contacts identified.
  • HEALTH OFFICIALS DECLARED a COVID-19 outbreak at the Gahcho Kué Mine in the Northwest Territories.

The announcement was made by the territory’s chief public health officer (CPHO) in a media release issued Monday afternoon. According to Terry Kruger, a spokesperson for the mine’s operator, De Beers Group Managed Operations, four confirmed cases at the mine and another eight people identified as close contacts must be isolated.

De Beers Group Managed Operations; Image from Yahoo

An outbreak is declared when there is confirmed transmission between at least two people at a workplace. The NWT CPHO, Dr. Kami Kandola, stated in a media release that there is no significant risk to the rest of the territory.

“For their worksite, Gahcho Kué has appropriate outbreak management plans and measures in place,” she said. “All personnel on-site have been fully vaccinated, which significantly increases protection against serious health outcomes from a COVID-19 infection.”

Kandola, on the other hand, advised anyone who has left the worksite since December 22 to isolate and contact public health to arrange for testing, if necessary. Since December 24, when there were 31 active cases, the NWT has not released updated active COVID-19 numbers.

The Gahcho Kué mine is 280 kilometers northeast of Yellowknife.

Source: CBC News

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