A presumptive COVID-19 case at the Diavik Diamond Mine was confirmed as positive Thursday afternoon.
Twenty-one workers are in isolation as a result of the positive test, says a news release issued by the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO).
The individual who tested positive is a worker from Ontario, as a result the OCPHO says the case will not count towards the NWT’s total.
The individual’s positive COVID test was confirmed by a lab in Alberta.
Initially 37 people at the mine were required to self-isolate out of precaution.
However, the release adds it was determined 16 could be released.
The Diavik Diamond Mine has medical experts on-site and will be in regular contact with public health officials.
Another Diavik mine worker — who was from Alberta — previously tested positive to COVID-19 in late July.
The virus was not reported to have spread to any other workers as a result of that incident.
The OCPHO says in the release the current case does not present any additional risks to communities or workers on-site.