Presumptive positive case of COVID-19 found at Diavik mine

An aerial view of the Diavik diamond mine. (File photo).

The territorial government says there is a presumptive case of COVID-19 at Diavik Mine.

The unnamed individual arrived at the Northwest Territories in a chartered flight from Ontario, as stated in a press release.

Upon entry, the worker was deemed “presumptive positive” and still needs to be confirmed by a public health laboratory.

The individual is isolated in a designated isolation area at the mine.

Medical staff at the mine are working closely with NWT public health officials to guide further actions, including validating the test at Alberta Precision Laboratories, as stated in a press release.

The government says it won’t provide further details to protect the individual’s privacy.

According to the government, workers at the mine are also isolating and there is “no additional risk identified for the Northwest Territories.”

“Presumptive positives are prioritized,” says Mike Westwick, COVID-19 response manager for the GNWT.

The last time the territory had a presumptive case, results came within a day, he adds.

If the case is deemed positive again, it will not count as a territory statistic.

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