Agnico Eagle evacuates 14 people after detecting employee with COVID-19

Infected individual was symptomless but had contact with 13 other employees

An employee at Agnico Eagle’s Meliadine gold mine outside Rankin Inlet tested positive for COVID-19 over the holidays. That person, along with 13 others who may have had contact with that person, have been flown home to isolate. (Photo courtesy of Agnico Eagle)

By Nunatsiaq News

Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. says it has flown 14 employees from its Meliadine gold mine after a detecting a one positive case of COVID-19 over the holidays.

According to a news release from the company, the employee tested negative on Dec. 23, prior to arrival to the mine site, but then tested positive on Dec. 26.

“As part of Agnico Eagle’s enhanced COVID-19 protocol during the holiday period, all employees are re-tested after three days on site,” said Melissa Bradley, a spokesperson for the company, in the release.

The individual did not show symptoms, according to the release, and was isolated on site, following the company’s protocol. Contact tracing identified 13 other employees who may have been in contact with the employee, so the entire group was isolated on site until a special charter could be flown in to evacuate them.

That happened on Dec. 30, after a blizzard blew through, according to the release.

The Meliadine mine is located about 25 kilometres north of Rankin Inlet. The company says risk of transmission to the community is very low.

In an effort to isolate itself from the community, Agnico Eagle sent Nunavummiut employees home in March, with 75 per cent of their base salary.

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(2) Comments:

  1. Posted by Qavvigarjuk on

    Why is that mine still operating during a big second wave of Covid? They are putting their people at risk hope no one dies and they recover. Greedis the answer!

    • Posted by Butthole Surfer on

      Not one case in the communities has been traced to the mines, so relax they are doing a good job of containing it.

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