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COVID-19 outbreak declared at Young-Davidson Mine

It's the second outbreak at the Matachewan-area mine
Young Davidson Mine Alamos (aerial photo)

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at a mine near Matachewan. 

The outbreak is at Alamos Gold's Young-Davidson Mine, according to the Timiskaming Health Unit. 

Workplace outbreaks are declared when there are at least two confirmed cases that are linked to the site. The health unit announcement did not include how many cases were confirmed at the mine. 

"Timiskaming Health Unit has been working closely with mine management to ensure all necessary contact tracing and testing is being completed. The mine's management team is taking all the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of infection and prevent the transmission of COVID-19," reads the health unit announcement.

"The situation continues to be under investigation, and more information will be provided as needed. If you have been identified as a close contact of a positive case you already have been, or will be, contacted by public health."

There are active outbreaks at two mines – Glencore's Kidd Mine and McEwen's Black Fox Mine – in the neighbouring health unit district.

This is the second outbreak at the Matachewan-area mine since the start of the pandemic.

In November, there was an outbreak that included six confirmed cases.

To date, there have been 165 confirmed cases of the virus in the Timiskaming Health Unit region. Of those, 135 are resolved and two people have died. There are 28 known active cases.

– TimminsToday