The Globe and Mail reports in its Wednesday, April 1, edition that an employee of Kirkland Lake Gold who recently tested positive for COVID-19 had symptoms before leaving its Detour Lake mine more than two weeks ago on a bus alongside other employees.
The Globe's Niall McGee writes that the individual, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, had spent a couple of days in self-isolation at the Northern Ontario mine after getting sick earlier in the month before getting on the bus bound for Cochrane, Ont.
About 25 other employees shared the more-than-two-hour bus ride with the individual.
Chief executive officer Tony Makuch says it never occurred to anyone that the man should have left the site in an ambulance, so as to reduce the risk of virus spread to others on the bus. This past Friday, Kirkland Lake informed employees that the Cochrane-based employee had tested positive for the virus, and it advised people to monitor for symptoms at least for the two-week period after the individual left the site. Three hundred of Detour Lake's normal 1,100 staff remain on site. Last year, Detour Lake produced 601,000 ounces of gold. Mr. Makuch says Kirkland now has a protocol in place for symptomatic employees.
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