Nunavut mine confirms new case of COVID-19
Agnico Eagle says risk of transmission from its Meliadine mine to nearby Rankin Inlet is “very low’
This story was updated to included information provided by Agnico on Friday, Nov. 20.
Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. is reporting a new case of COVID-19 at its Meliadine mine site in Nunavut.
The mining company said that an employee working at the mine site, located just outside Rankin Inlet, tested positive for the virus on Tuesday, Nov. 17.
The employee flew to the mine site earlier that same day on Agnico Eagle’s charter plane, which departed from Mirabel airport in Montreal, and was tested at a stopover at the company’s lab in Val d’Or.
As per the company’s protocols, the individual was isolated on site and then flown out later the same day, Agnico Eagle said in a Nov. 18 email to Nunatsiaq News.
Contact tracing identified nine other employees who may have been in contact with the individual in question; they were isolated and then flown off-site on Nov. 18, the company said.
“The risk of transmission to the community of Rankin Inlet is very low,” Agnico Eagle said of the mine’s closest community, which has reported eight active cases of the virus over the last week.
“The isolation of the Meliadine mine remains a priority, including during the transportation of employees to site, in order to continue protecting the communities.”
To date, Meliadine has seen a total of five confirmed cases of COVID-19. Three of those are now considered recovered.