UPDATE: 3rd worker tests positive at work site near Gahcho Kué

Private investment in capital projects has dropped significantly since Gahcho Kue was constructed in 2015. (Supplied by DeBeers Canada.)
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Update 11:20 a.m. Feb 2: A third worker has been diagnosed with COVID-19 at a work site near Gahcho Kué. 

This is the third case of COVID-19 associated with the outbreak at the winter road camp that was reported last week. 

There has been no contact between workers at the winter road camp and the mine site.

No exposure risk has been identified with the case. All workers are either isolating offsite, or working independently to maintain site safety until a new crew arrives.

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One non-resident worker has also tested positive for COVID-19 at the Gahcho Kué Mine.

The case is not related to the outbreak at a work site near the Gahcho Kué mine last week, according to NWT’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Kami Kandola.

“The Gahcho Kué diamond mine is located 40 km from the company’s winter road camp,” Kandola said in a statement. “Crews do not travel between the two sites.”

There is no risk to any NWT communities. The individual was not infectious during travel into the NWT.

Approximately 12 employees identified as contacts in the workplace are also self-isolating. The result was confirmed at Stanton Hospital in Yellowknife

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