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Apr 17, 2020

THUNDER BAY (Apr 23) – There are now 20 COVID-19 positive confirmed cases connected to the Lac Des Isles mine near Thunder Bay. The company was informed additional COVID-19 cases on April the 22nd. Owner Impala Canada has assembled a large team consisting of LDI management and staff and security personnel to provide support to those under self-isolation at an area hotel.

"As you know, our LDI operation was ramped down into temporary care and maintenance on Monday, April 13th and we have no plans to resume operations on April 28th," said Erin Satterthwaite, VP Corporate Affairs and Communications. 

"Additional testing of LDI team members is underway, with cases also coming back negative. We continue to stay in touch with these individuals and their families, offering our care and support," adds Satterthwaite. 

Additional info from the company released today (Apr 23). 

  • The operations will remain in care and maintenance for the time being and we will only re-start operations when we are confident it is safe to do so within the realities of a global pandemic.  The province of Ontario continues to operate under a State of Emergency. This fact, coupled with the health and safety of our employees and our ability to provide a safe work environment, will be key factors in determining a date to resume operations. As all considerations are discussed, we will continue to closely collaborate with public health authorities and all our stakeholders, including our Indigenous partners.
  •  A small care and maintenance crew of less than 50 people remain on site.  All existing pandemic response protocols are being strictly followed and daily temperature checks have been added. A deep and comprehensive sanitization of the mine site is currently underway.   And we continue to consult with TBDHU on any additional best practices we can implement to further eliminate the potential spread of COVID-19 on site, now and into the future. 

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