Presumptive COVID-19 case reported at Ekati

A photo of the Ekati Diamond Mine. (Photo taken from Dominion Diamond Mine website.)

A spokesperson has confirmed there is a presumptive COVID-19 case at the Ekati Mine.

Michelle McCullagh, a spokesperson for the Arctic Canadian Diamond Company, confirmed in an email that testing of outbound employees on April 6 found a single presumptive case.

McCullagh says the individual is asymptomatic and is isolating in the quarantine wing of the mine site. Close contact individuals are also isolating as a precaution. 

She adds the mine is continuing operations.

Darren Campbell is the manager of COVID communications with the Government of the Northwest Territories.

He did not confirm that a COVID case was reported at the mine on Wednesday morning.

Campbell wrote in an email, the department will share updates on COVID when the cases are confirmed by testing at the Stanton Territorial Hospital. 

“When any diagnoses are confirmed as positive COVID-19 infections, we’ll notify the public and media at that time,” he wrote.

Campbell says the GNWT no longer reports presumptive cases.

“In some instances when we have announced presumptive positives, some have turned out to be negative. This creates confusion among the public and we don’t want to cause undue alarm — especially if no public health risk has been identified,” he writes.

This story will be updated. 

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