Gahcho Kué COVID-19 outbreak over: OCPHO

An aerial view of the 5034 pit at Gahcho Kué Mine. (Submitted photo)

The COVID-19 outbreak at Gahcho Kué Mine is over, according to the office of the chief public health officer (OCPHO).

On Friday, Dr. Andy Delli Pizzi, the deputy chief public health officer, issued an advisory saying the last worker to have developed symptoms has recovered.

A total of 20 workers became infected with the virus during the outbreak, which was declared on Feb. 3; 12 of them are from outside the territory, the other 8 eight are NWT residents.

Three of the workers developed severe symptoms and required hospitalization. It’s unclear if they are still in hospital.

The OCPHO recognizes that the Gahcho Kué outbreak produced significant impacts in the
NWT,” said Dr. Delli Pizzi in the advisory. He added, “Most of all, the outbreak
impacted workers, their families, and their communities…. The OCPHO wishes to acknowledge the selflessness and goodwill of those who self-isolated to keep their friends, families, co-workers and the whole territory safe.”

The NWT recently started vaccinating non-resident rotational workers.

“Every dose given in the NWT will continue to boost the territory’s overall defense against COVID-19,” said Dr. Delli Pizzi.

The advisory also explained this was to reduce the risk with the development of new COVID-19 strains in other parts of the country.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis has been a general news reporter with CKLB since January 2019. Originally from rural Ontario, he first came to the NWT in 2016 as an intern with Up Here magazine and fell in love with the North. In his time with CKLB, he's had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures. Otherwise, you can find him hanging around the Legislative Assembly. If you have a story or want to chat, reach out to francis@cklbradio.com