Confirmed COVID-19 of non-resident worker at Ekati

News Type: 
Public Service Announcement

YELLOWKNIFE July 26, 2021 – The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) has confirmed one individual diagnosed with COVID-19 at the Ekati Diamond Mine.

The investigation and contact tracing does not identify any risk to the public.

Assessment by the OCPHO is that the individual did not acquire infection from the mine site. All measures to try and prevent introduction of COVID-19 infections were in place.

The individual and approximately 6 other people identified as contacts are currently self-isolating at the mine site.

The OCPHO is working closely with the Ekati mine to gather information, ensure measures that mitigate risk of transmission are in place, and, monitor the situation.

The individual will not be reported in the territory’s COVID-19 statistics as the individual is not an NWT resident.

Attribution

All commentary is to be attributed to Dr. Andre Corriveau, Acting Chief Public Health Officer for the Northwest Territories.

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Media Contact

Dawn Ostrem

Communications Manager

COVID Secretariat, Department of Health and Social Services

Government of the Northwest Territories

Dawn_Ostrem@gov.nt.ca