COVID-19 outbreak ends at Baffinland’s Mary River mine

Two weeks after recovery of last case, mine can start operating at full capacity

Two and a half months after it began, a COVID-19 outbreak at Baffinland’s Mary River mine has ended, Nunavut’s chief public health officer announced Monday. (Photo courtesy of Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.)

By Nunatsiaq News

The COVID-19 outbreak at Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.’s Mary River mine has ended.

Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, made the announcement Monday morning.

Baffinland announced the first COVID-19 case of the outbreak on April 30 and shut down the mine less than a week later.

It was partially caused by the Delta variant of COVID-19, which is about 50 per cent more contagious than its original counterpart, and has been labelled a variant of concern by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The mine reopened on May 28 at reduced capacity, and has reported no new cases since May 29.

It has now been four weeks since the last case recovered, according to a news release from the Department of Health.

That means the mine, which normally employs about 800 workers, can return to operating at full capacity.

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