Vale reports presumptive positive COVID-19 case at Voisey's Bay mine

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Vale is reporting a presumptive positive case of COVID-19 at the Voisey's Bay mine site in northern Labrador, with the Department of Health working to compete additional testing.

In a statement to CBC News Saturday, a spokesperson for the company, which owns the mine, said that an asymptomatic person entered the site on Monday, passed all normal screening protocols and began showing symptoms of the virus on Wednesday, before immediately being placed in isolation.

A subsequent test Friday returned a presumptive positive result. The case is considered presumptive until it can be confirmed by public health.

Vale said it is working closely with public health officials to determine the number of close contacts.

The statement from the company said the individual who tested positive remains in isolation and is doing well, with the onsite medical team providing assistance.

According to Saturday's COVID-19 news release from the provincial health department, the man is between 20 and 39 years old and is a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Nunatsiavut Government also issued a statement Saturday morning and said it was informed by Vale of the presumptive positive case. Nunatsiavut said the risk to its beneficiaries is believed to be low.

The health department said public health officials met with the company Saturday morning, and additional testing will be done at the Public Health Microbiology Laboratory to confirm the positive case.

As a result of the case being a presumptive positive, the province continues to have only three active cases.

In all, 52,445 people have now been tested across the province for COVID-19 — that's an additional 300 tests in the last 24 hours.

The province's total COVID-19 caseload remains at 291 as a result of the presumptive positive, with 284 people recovering since March.

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