Nunavut announces presumptive case of COVID-19 at Mary River mine
“There has been no contact between Mary River workers and any of the surrounding communities,” says chief medical officer
One person who recently entered Nunavut to work at Baffinland’s Mary River mine is presumed to have COVID-19, the territory’s chief medical officer of health, Michael Patterson, announced today in a news release.
“The individual is in isolation away from co-workers and doing well,” Patterson said in the release.
“There has been no contact between Mary River workers and any of the surrounding communities.”
Since March, only people from outside Nunavut have been working at the mine, which is 176 kilometres southwest of Pond Inlet.
Nunavut’s Department of Health is “monitoring the situation closely,” and Baffinland has started to do contact tracing—tracking people who have been in contact with the person who is presumed to have COVID-19. All known contacts have been put into isolation, the release said.
“There is no need for Nunavummiut to worry about the spread of COVID-19 in relation to this case,” Nunavut’s minister of health, George Hickes, said in the release.
Operations at the mine are expected to continue as usual, and there will be no changes to current public health measures, or to the Government of Nunavut’s plan to reopen services in the territory.