One new COVID-19 infection confirmed at Ekati Diamond Mine

News Type: 
Advisories

 

YELLOWKNIFE (May 29, 2021) – The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) has confirmed that one Individual has been diagnosed with COVID-19 at the Ekati Diamond Mine.

The individual is not an NWT resident. The individual is currently isolating and doing well. Others identified as contacts are currently self-isolating at a secure location onsite.

The assessment by OCPHO is that the COVID-19 infection was not acquired from the mine site. All screening measures to try and prevent introduction of COVID-19 infections were in place.

COVID-19 cases (NWT)

Current Active

Location (Region)

Confirmed/Probable

Related Exposure Risks

NWT Resident

2

Yellowknife

Confirmed

Yes

Yes

1

 

Ekati Diamond Mine

Confirmed

No

No

1

Ekati Diamond Mine

Confirmed

No

No

Further Details:

The new case confirmed today is highlighted. As this individual is not an NWT resident the infection will not be included in the territory’s COVID-19 case numbers.

Hospitalizations

0

 

Public Risk

There is no identified risk to NWT communities related to this infection at this time. Monitoring and investigation will continue per public health communicable disease protocols to mitigate any transmission risk.

Recommendations

The OCPHO continues to encourage people to practice healthy habits such as physical distancing and wearing masks even if not required. Please remember to practice all healthy habits:

Attribution

All commentary is attributable to Dr. Andy Delli Pizzi, Deputy Chief Public Health Officer for the Northwest Territories.

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Media Contact

Dawn Ostrem
Manager, COVID Communications Operations
Health and Social Services
COVID-19 Coordinating Secretariat
Dawn_Ostrem@gov.nt.ca