Confirmed COVID-19 Diagnosis at Ekati Diamond Mine

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No risk identified to NWT communities.  


YELLOWKNIFE December 26, 2020 – A COVID-19 diagnosis has been confirmed at Ekati Diamond Mine.  

The individual, who is a non-resident worker, is isolated appropriately onsite and doing well.


The investigation determined the individual travelled directly to the jobsite from Alberta. Public health has worked with medical staff onsite to identify staff members who could be contacts.

Actions taken

Currently, 29 contacts are isolating onsite to reduce the risk of further transmission.

Monitoring will continue.

Public risk

There have been no public exposure risks identified in the NWT as a result of this COVID-19 case. All contacts have been isolated.

Stick to precautions for a safe, healthy holiday

This is another example of workplace precautions working to reduce risk.

While your business or facility may look a lot different than a mine site, the healthy habits like masking up, physical distancing of at least six feet, and limiting crowds are the same.

As risk rises in Canada, it’s a good time for businesses to check-up on their exposure control plans to allow for more distancing, smaller crowds, and reminders for those who are self-isolating to not come to facilities during their self-isolation period.

And as all of us shop, gather, and enjoy the holiday season, it is a good reminder to stick to the healthy habits we know will work to keep the holiday season safe:

  • Physical distancing of at least six feet
  • Wearing non-medical masks when in public
  • Washing hands frequently
  • Keeping crowds small and spaces large
  • Keeping coughs and sneezes to ourselves
  • Staying home when sick
  • Contacting a local health centre or public health unit to get COVID-19 testing at the first sign of sickness.
  • Self-isolating whenever required

Case reporting

As this individual was a non-resident, this case will not be included in the territory’s case numbers.


All commentary is attributable to Dr. Kami Kandola, Chief Public Health Officer for the Northwest Territories.

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