CPHO reports two cases of COVID-19 in NWT mines

The release said the cases pose no additional risk to the territory.


Diavik Diamond Mine is located on Lac la Marte. (File photo/CKLB)

In a matter of days, the NWT has reported three cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

An Alberta resident has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine, Wednesday.

The individual travelled on a direct flight from the south to the mine site.

According to the press release, the individual is isolating “onsite alongside all potential contacts.”

In the same release, another Alberta resident has tested presumptive positive at the Diavik Diamond Mine.

Since then, the person has travelled back home to Alberta.

The release said the cases pose no additional risk to the territory. All potential contacts from Diavik are isolating.

The chief public health officer (CPHO) said neither of the two cases will be included in the territory’s statistics because they are not NWT residents.

CKLB asked when the public can expect the confirmation of COVID-19 at Diavik mine.

“Hopefully soon,” said Mike Westwick, spokesperson for the GNWT’s COVID response.

The third case, reported Wednesday morning, is in Fort Smith.

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