Yellowknife resident tests positive for COVID-19 at Gahcho Kué

The case was confirmed Friday afternoon.

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A Yellowknife resident working at Gahcho Kué diamond mine has tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee was tested after another worker from Yellowknife received a false positive earlier this week. As a precaution the mine tested 18 workers who traveled in with this worker.

De Beers Group confirmed the case in a press release on Friday afternoon.

“Unfortunately, this is a new case and not the same individual who received the initial presumptive positive test on Tuesday, who was subsequently confirmed negative,” the release said.

All the workers have been self-isolating since the presumptive positive.

In a press release, public health says an investigation is launching to determine potential contacts with the worker from the past 14 days.

This is the ninth confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Northwest Territories and one of four active cases.

Two of the other active cases are in Yellowknife and one is in Inuvik.

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