The COVID-19 outbreak declared at the New Gold mine in Rainy River has grown to at least three employees.

On April 13, The Northwestern Health Unit declared a COVID-19 outbreak related to the Calvary Baptist Church in Emo after an Easter service. Five cases of the virus were confirmed, and all residents were asked to self-monitor for symptoms.

By April 14, the NWHU said the outbreak had been linked to one positive case at the New Gold mine in Rainy River. Now, three employees have tested positive, and an additional seven are awaiting test results. All of the affected individuals are in isolation away from the site.

“The company has a comprehensive COVID-19 response plan in place and the health and safety of our workforce and our communities remain our number one concern. We will support all initiatives that align with that objective,” stated Renaud Adams, President and CEO of New Gold.

Neither of the two outbreaks has been declared over by the Northwestern Health Unit, who continue to say there is an increased risk of COVID-19 in the Emo area.

A third COVID-19 outbreak was declared at the Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program school on April 15, which impacted all students and staff. Two cases of the virus were identified. That outbreak has also not been declared over at this point.

The health unit defines an outbreak as two or more cases of COVID-19 that likely became infected at the workplace within the last 14 days.

As of April 22, the NWHU has reported a total of 36 cases in the Emo area since the onset of the pandemic. 12 of those cases are listed as active, with 24 cases listed as resolved.

Anyone with symptoms is asked to self-isolate, get tested and remain in isolation until your test results are known. If anyone in your household becomes symptomatic, all members of the household must self-isolate until a negative COVID-19 test result is received.