Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Three Coeur Alaska employees have tested positive for COVID-19.
According to Jan Trigg, Coeur's Manager of External Affairs, the employees started exhibiting signs of illness while at the mine site and were isolated, transported to Juneau, and put in quarantine as soon as the company was notified they were feeling ill.
The individuals with positive COVID-19 test results and those who were in close contact with those individuals will remain in quarantine until they are cleared by medical professionals.
Coeur Alaska is working with the State of Alaska Public Health, which has initiated contact tracing.
According to Trigg, Coeur Alaska has rigorous COVID response protocols, including employee testing, that the company has implemented.
In response to this incident, we have engaged in another round of testing for all workers currently at the mine site prior to having any employees travel.
The ongoing elevated hygiene and significant social distancing practices which have been in place since March will continue.
Prior to each work shift, all workers are required to be in isolation and be tested for COVID-19. A negative test and completion of a health assessment that ensures each worker is symptom-free is required prior to going to the mine site.