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Positive COVID-19 diagnosis at work site near Gahcho Kué, no exposure risk

A positive COVID-19 diagnosis has been reported at a winter road work camp 40 kilometres away from Gahcho Kué mining facility.

The individual is a worker for a contractor company that works on the ice road near the mine, but did not have any contact with NWT communities or any mine workers at Gahcho Kué. That means there is no exposure risk for this case, that has been identified.

The individual is isolating at the facilities at the work camp, and is doing well, according to a statement from the GNWT.

It is believed the individual contracted COVID-19 before travelling to the territory.

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“Public health is working with the company to get all staff on site tested for COVID-19,” a statement form NWT’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Kami Kandola read. “This is another example of ‘reverse contact tracing,’ which is another safety-check to try to ensure the individual did not acquire the infection while at the worksite.”

Correction: The original version of this story said the mine worker worked at Gahcho Kué, he worked at a worksite 40 kilometres away from the main mine facility. The story has been updated to reflect this.

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