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Newmont's Hoyle Pond latest mine in NEO to report Covid case

Nov 10, 2020

As the search for a vaccine inches closer to reality thanks to news this week from Pfizer, the world continues to struggle with coronavirus infection outbreaks including mines in Northern Ontario.

Newmont's Hoyle Pond is the latest to declare one of their employees has been hit with the virus.

In a statement released to the media, the company said: "As an immediate response to protect the health and safety of our workforce, we have notified all employees and in collaboration with public health authorities, we are conducting contact tracing efforts to communicate to other team members who may have come in contact with the individual while at site," said Mine Manager Pat Chabot.

Operations at the Borden Mine in Chapleau, the Hollinger Open Pit, and Dome processing site in Timmins have not been impacted.

Chabot added, "We are also conducting deep cleaning and sanitizing of the affected work areas at the Hoyle Pond  Mine, including disinfectant fogging. These actions are in addition to the safety measures already implemented at the site following global and provincial health guidance to protect our workforce and nearby communities including strict social distancing protocols, mandatory masks indoors, screening at all entry points to site, frequent cleaning of surfaces and restricted entrance to site limited to critical visits."


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