Baffinland Confirms Positive COVID-19 Case at Mary River Project
MARY RIVER, NUNAVUT, October 21, 2020 – Mandatory initial screening by Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation (“Baffinland” or the “Company”) conducted upon arrival at the Mary River Project in Nunavut identified an asymptomatic employee as a presumptive positive case of COVID-19. Subsequent testing has confirmed the presumptive case to be positive.
The affected employee and any individuals identified through contact tracing as potential close contacts are in isolation under medical observation. All individuals in isolation remain asymptomatic and there is no evidence of transmission at the Mary River Project.
On September 21, 2020, Baffinland confirmed its first positive infection at the Mary River Project. All employees affected were monitored and have since left isolation and returned home. No additional infections were identified in connection to this case. Today’s case is the second confirmed infection identified and isolated by Baffinland’s robust pandemic response measures.
Baffinland has established an on-site, portable COVID-19 testing lab to assist with detecting the COVID-19 virus at the Mary River Project and has a pandemic response plan that includes an infectious disease component. The on-site lab has performed more than 11,800 tests to date. All employees and contractors are tested upon arrival to site and follow-up testing is conducted five days after arrival to capture potential incubating asymptomatic cases or infections. The Company regularly reassesses its mitigation measures as new information becomes available and the situation evolves.
Baffinland continues to work closely with Nunavut Public Health and Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) as well as provincial and territorial governments.
Baffinland will continue to monitor this case and provide updates accordingly.
For any media inquiries:
Baffinland Iron Mines
Heather Smiles, Manager Stakeholder Relations
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About Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation
Jointly owned by Nunavut Iron Ore and ArcelorMittal, Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation operates a high-grade iron ore mine located on Baffin Island, Nunavut. Our mine produces the highest grade of direct shipping iron ore in the world. Baffinland is committed to operating the Mary River Mine in an environmentally and socially responsible manner that benefits all stakeholders. Learn more at baffinland.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
ᐹᕙᓐᓛᓐᑯᑦ ᓱᓕᔪᒥᒃ ᓄᕙᖕᓇᕐᔪᐊᖅ 19ᖃᕐᓂᕋᖅᑕᐅᔪᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᓘᔮᓂ
ᓄᓘᔮᑦ, ᓄᓇᕗᑦ, ᐅᑐᐱᕆ 20, 2020 – ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑕᔪᐃᓈᓘᔭᕆᐊᖃᕐᒪᑕ ᐹᕙᓐᓛᓐᑯᓐᓄᑦ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᕆᐊᖅᑐᓕᒫᑦᑎᐊᖅ ᑎᑭᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᓄᓘᔮᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᑕᐅᔪᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᖃᓂᒪᖏᑦᑎᐊᖅᖢᓂ ᐊᐃᑦᑐᕐᓗᒃᑕᐅᓯᒪᑐᐃᓐᓇᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᖓᓂᒃ ᓄᕙᖕᓇᕐᔪᐊᖅ 19ᒧᑦ. ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑕᐅᖏᓐᓇᕈᑎᖏᑦ ᓴᓕᔪᒥᒃ ᓴᖅᑭᑦᑏᕗᑦ ᐊᐃᑦᑐᕐᓗᒃᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᖃᕐᓂᖓᓂᒃ.
ᐊᐃᑦᑐᕐᓗᒃᑕᐅᓯᒪᓂᕋᖅᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑎ ᐊᓯᖏᓪᓗ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᑕᐃᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᖃᓂᒃᓴᖃᑦᑕᓚᐅᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᐅᑎᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓄᑐᐊᒃᑯᕕᖕᒧᐊᖅᑕᐃᕗᑦ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖃᕐᓇᖏᑦᑐᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᓐᓄᓪᓗ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑕᐅᖏᓐᓇᓕᖅᖢᑎᒃ. ᐃᓄᑐᐊᒃᑯᕕᖕᒧᐊᖅᑕᐅᔪᓕᒫᑦ ᖃᓂᒪᖏᓐᓂᕋᖅᑕᐅᔪᑦ ᐊᐃᑦᑐᕐᓗᒃᓯᓯᒪᖕᒪᖔᑕᓗ ᐱᑕᖃᖏᓐᓂᕋᖅᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᓄᓘᔮᓂ.
ᓯᑎᐱᕆ 21, 2020ᒥ ᐹᕙᓐᓛᓐᑯᑦ ᓱᓕᔪᒥᒃ ᐊᐃᑦᑐᕐᓗᒃᑕᐅᓯᔪᖃᕐᓂᕋᐃᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᓄᓘᔮᓂ. ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑎᓕᒫᑦ ᑕᒪᑐᒧᖓ ᐊᒃᑐᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᑐᐃᓐᓇᕆᐊᓖᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᑕᐃᒪᙵᓂᓪᓗ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᒥᓄᑦ ᐅᑎᖅᓯᒪᓕᖅᖢᑎᒃ. ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᑕᐅᒃᖃᓐᓂᖅᑐᖃᕐᓇᓂᓗ ᐊᐃᑦᑐᖅᑕᐅᔪᖃᓚᐅᕐᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᑖᔅᓱᒧᖓ. ᐅᓪᓗᒥ ᑐᓴᖅᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᒪᕐᕈᒋᓕᖅᐹ ᓱᓕᔪᒥᒃ ᐊᐃᑦᑐᕐᓗᒃᑕᐅᓯᒪᓂᖓᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᑑᒃᑯᕕᖕᒦᑎᑕᐅᖏᓐᓇᓕᖅᖢᓂᓗ ᐹᕙᓐᓛᓐᑯᑦ ᓄᕙᖕᓇᕐᔪᐊᕐᒧᑦ ᐅᐸᓗᖓᐃᔭᐅᑎᒃᑯᖏᒎᖅᖢᑎᒃ.
ᐹᕙᓐᓛᓐᑯᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᐅᑎᖃᕐᒪᑕ, ᓅᑕᐅᑲᑕᒍᓐᓇᑦᑎᐊᖅᖢᓂ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᐅᑎ ᓄᕙᖕᓇᕐᔪᐊᖅ 19ᒧᑦ ᓄᓘᔮᓂ ᐅᓗᕆᐊᓇᖅᑐᖃᑐᐃᓐᓇᕆᐊᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐸᕐᓇᐅᑎᖃᒪᑕ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᐃᕙᒃᑐᑦ ᐊᐃᑦᑐᕐᓗᒍᑎᑐᐃᓐᓇᕆᐊᖃᖅᑐᓂᒃ. ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᕐᕕᖕᓂ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᐃᕝᕕᒃ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᓯᒪᓕᖅᐳᑦ 11,800ᓂ ᐅᓪᓗᒥᒧᑦ ᑎᑭᖦᖢᒍ. ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑎᓕᒫᑦ ᑳᓐᑐᕌᒃᑯᓪᓗ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᕆᐊᖅᓯᒪᔪᓕᒫᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑕᐅᔭᕆᐊᖃᖅᐳᑦ ᐊᓯᐊᒎᕐᕕᖃᖏᑦᑐᒥᒃ ᑎᑭᑉᐸᓪᓕᐊᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑕᐅᒃᑲᓐᓂᕆᐊᖃᖅᐸᒃᖢᑎᒡᓗ ᐅᓪᓗᑦ ᑕᓪᓕᒪᑦ ᐊᓂᒍᖅᓯᒪᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᖃᓂᒪᖏᒃᑲᓗᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐊᐃᑦᑐᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᑐᐃᓐᓇᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐱᔾᔪᑕᐅᓪᓗᓂ. ᐹᕙᓐᓛᓐᑯᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᐃᒃᑲᓐᓂᖃᑦᑕᐳᖅ ᑐᓴᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᔭᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᒪᓕᒃᖢᑎᒃ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᖓᓂᐅᔪᕐᓗ ᒪᓕᒃᑕᐅᒋᓪᓗᓂ.
ᐹᕙᓐᓛᓐᑯᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥᓪᓗ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖃᕐᓇᖏᑦᑐᓕᕆᔨᕐᔪᐊᒃᑯᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᒌᖏᓐᓇᓪᓚᑦᑖᖅᑐᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᐅᓪᓗ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖃᕐᓇᖏᑦᑐᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᖏᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑲᓇᑕᐅᑉ ᐊᕕᒃᑐᖅᓯᒪᓂᖏᑎᒍ ᓄᑕᑦᑕᓗ ᒐᕙᒪᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᖃᓪᓚᕇᓐᓇᕐᒥᔪᑦ.
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ᓇᖕᒥᓂᕆᔭᐅᔪᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᓴᕕᒃᓴᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᓐᓄᑦ ᐋᑭᓗᐊᒥᑎᐃᓪᑯᓐᓄᓪᓗ. ᐹᕙᓐᓛᓐᑯᑦ ᐅᔭᕋᒃᓯᐅᖅᑎᐅᕗᑦ ᓴᕕᒃᓴᑦᑎᐊᕙᐅᓛᒥᒃ ᕿᑭᖅᑖᓗᒃ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒦᖦᖢᓂ. ᐅᔭᕋᒃᓯᐅᖅᑕᕗᑦ ᐱᐅᓛᑦᑎᐊᖑᓂᕋᖅᑕᐅᕗᖅ ᓴᕕᒃᓴᖃᕐᓂᖓ ᐅᓯᑲᖅᑕᖅᑕᐅᕙᒃᖢᓂᓗ ᓇᒧᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᒥᐅᓄᑦ. ᐹᕙᓐᓛᓐᑯᑦ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᑦᑎᐊᕈᒪᕗᑦ ᓄᓘᔮᓂ ᐊᕙᑎᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᐃᓄᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᓪᓗ ᐃᒃᐱᒍᓱᒃᑎᐊᕐᓗᑎᒃ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑐᐃᓂᖃᕐᓂᐊᕐᒪᑦ ᐃᓚᐅᔨᐅᔪᓕᒫᓄᑦ. ᖃᐅᔨᒃᑲᓐᓂᕈᒪᒍᕕᒋᑦ ᑕᑯᒋᐊᕆᑦ ᐅᕗᖓ baffinland.com ᒪᓕᒃᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᕆᓪᓗᑕᓗ ᐅᑰᓇ Twitter, Facebook ᐊᒻᒪ LinkedIn