Based on recent reports from the public health department, there has been an outbreak of coronavirus at a Yukon-based mine.
In a statement released by Yukon’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Brendan Hanley, four individuals have tested positive for COVID-19.
Among the victims is a Yukon resident who contracted and got diagnosed with the virus while he was outside the territory. This individual won’t be allowed back to the territory, just yet.
The other three victims are based at Victoria Gold Corporation’s Eagle Gold Mine site.
Thankfully, victims from the confirmed cases have already been isolated and they’re recuperating. It’s also been verified that they got infected during their period at the mining site.
Two of the victims are local residents while the third victim comes from a different region of Canada. As such, this third victim will not be accounted for when considering active COVID-19 cases within the territory.
The victims had interacted with 17 other individuals all of whom have been traced and tested for the virus. Victoria Gold Corporation president, John McConnell, reported that they’re currently waiting for the results of the 17 individuals, who have been kept in isolation.
The public health was quick to note that before this incidence, no cases of COVID-19 had ever been reported from the mine.
In an attempt to curb the spread of the virus, every individual wishing to access Yukon is required to isolate for 14 days, if they are not fully vaccinated. However, those who can prove that they are vaccinated don’t need to be isolated.