Outbreak declared at Gahcho Kué Mine

Each level of the 5034 pit is about 30 metres high. (Submitted photo).

Another case of COVID-19 has been identified at Gahcho Kué Mine.

Dr. Kami Kandola, chief public health officer (CPHO), announced the second case on Feb. 3 – declaring an outbreak.

According to a press release, “both active cases are safely self-isolating at a secure location on-site and are doing well.”

Health officials say, “there is a high probability that viral transmission to the second case occurred at the worksite.

“The secondary cases at each of the sites had been identified as close contacts to the positive cases at each location,” confirms Shelley Brown, spokesperson for the COVID secretariat.

However, the crew does not travel between both sites, reads the release.

The new case was identified through rapid testing at the mine and then at the Stanton Territorial Hospital for confirmation.

The winter worksite and the mine are both experiencing outbreaks of the virus.

There has been no identified risk to NWT communities related to this outbreak, says CPHO.

Clarification: CKLB confirms that the outbreaks at the winter road worksite and the mine are unrelated.

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