October 22nd, 2020

Nunavut declares COVID-19 outbreak at mine contained; some workers can travel home


By The Canadian Press on October 8, 2020.

Nunavut's provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Tuesday June 30, 2020. Nunavut's chief public health officer says an outbreak of COVID-19 at a gold mine in the territory is now contained. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

IQALUIT, Nunavut – Nunavut’s chief public health officer says an outbreak of COVID-19 at a gold mine has been contained.

Dr. Michael Patterson says there are 10 positive cases and six presumptive cases at the Hope Bay mine, about 125 kilometres southwest of Cambridge Bay.

But he says the cases will not be counted as the territory’s, because the workers’ home jurisdictions have chosen to record them.

That means the territory has yet to record a positive case.

Patterson earlier said there was evidence of transmission at the mine, but now says that it’s not the case.

All travel to and from the site was halted Sept. 28, but Patterson says those who have finished their isolation and those who are not considered high-risk contacts can travel home.

He says some contacts remain in isolation are expected to be cleared for travel within the week.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 8, 2020.

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