COVID-19 outbreak reported at Hope Bay mine

Agnico Eagle says 11 employees at site have presumptive cases

The risk of COVID-19 spreading from the Hope Bay mine site, where there have been 11 presumptive cases, to surrounding communities remains low, says Agnico Eagle. (File photo)

By Madalyn Howitt

A COVID-19 outbreak has been reported at Agnico Eagle Mines’ Hope Bay site.

The company said in a news release that since Sept. 27, 11 people working at the site near Cambridge Bay have presumptively tested positive for COVID-19. Test results will be confirmed by another lab.

All 11 people with presumptive cases were placed in isolation until they were removed from the site.

All other employees at Hope Bay were tested again between Sept. 27 and 29, and no further cases have been identified. Daily testing of workers at the site will remain in effect as a preventive measure.

Agnico Eagle said the risk of the virus spreading to surrounding communities remains low. Nunavummiut workers have not yet returned to the Hope Bay site, and so they have not been in contact with the people with presumptive cases, said the company.

However, a protocol of no contact between Agnico Eagle’s mine sites and the surrounding communities remains in effect to prevent community spread.

The company also announced that a crew change originally planned for Sept. 30 was cancelled.

COVID-19 cases recorded at Nunavut’s mines are not included in the territory’s case counts because workers fly directly from southern Canada to the mine sites.

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(4) Comments:

  1. Posted by kitikmeot on

    Would Nunatsiaq News dig a bit deeper into this reporting it would be great if we can know if the infected persons are fully vaccinated or non-vaccinated.

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    • Posted by Mine Worker on

      Yep , that would help .

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    • Posted by Inuk on

      You can still transmit even when you are double jabbed. I remember AEM has mandatory vaccine policy?. These vaccines are just to reduce severity of the virus according to the CDC.

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      • Posted by The CDC Does Not Say That on

        So many of you people are useless.
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        “According to the CDC report, unvaccinated people were five times as likely to be infected, 10 times as likely to be hospitalized and 10 times more likely to die than fully vaccinated people.”
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        No vaccine is 100% effective at preventing infection, but the Covid vaccine is not “just to reduce severity”, it still is effective at preventing you from getting it in the first place.

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