2 positive cases of COVID-19 confirmed at Hope Bay mine in Nunavut


Two positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at the Hope Bay mine, according to the Chief Public Health Officer of Nunavut.In a press release sent by the territorial government on Saturday afternoon, Dr Michael Patterson announced the cases at the mine, located 125 kilometers southwest of Cambridge Bay.

The two were identified as being at risk in their home jurisdiction prior to the trip, the statement said, but this was not identified until after they arrived at the mine site.

“Both minors are asymptomatic and were immediately isolated and cleaned up for the virus,” Dr. Patterson said in the statement.

A spokeswoman for the prime minister said that since the cases do not originate from the territory, they will instead be counted
other jurisdictions.

The samples tested positive on the GeneXpert machine in Rankin Inlet late Wednesday and were confirmed at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg on Saturday.

The statement said there is no evidence of transmission at the Hope Bay mine site and that the Nunavut public health team is ready to provide support and intervene if and when needed.

“The Hope Bay mine is a remote location, and no residents of Nunavut are working there now. The risk of the spread of COVID-19 in our communities from these cases remains very low, ”Health Minister George Hickes said in the statement.

“We are monitoring the situation closely and will keep Nunavummiut informed if anything changes. “


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