Two new COVID-19 cases in NWT; one related to 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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Two new diagnoses of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the NWT.

One is an out-of-territory worker related to the Gahcho Kué Mine outbreak and the other is an out-of-territory seasonal worker in Yellowknife.

This brings the total number of confirmed diagnoses related to the Gahcho Kué Mine outbreak to 19. The newly diagnosed individual was already quarantined in Yellowknife.

11 of the 19 individuals are out-of-territory workers while eight are NWT residents. To date, 11 have recovered and eight are still active.

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Because of unknown transmission chains, Public Health determined that every worker departing the mine site on February 22nd-23rd is a contact to COVID-19.

Over the past two days, 57 NWT workers and six non-NWT workers were brought to Yellowknife for 14 days in an isolation centre as part of a planned crew change of the entire essential services team on site.

The seasonal worker in Yellowknife was diagnosed with COVID-19 on February 21st and is believed to have contracted the virus before they travelled to the territory. The individual and all known close contacts are isolating and doing well.

There is no risk to NWT communities from either case.

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