Pogo gold mine worker tests positive for the novel coronavirus

Photo from Pogo Mine

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A Pogo gold mine employee who lives in Fairbanks has tested positive for COVID-19.

Northern Star Resources Limited confirmed the news Monday in a press release on its website.

The company says the employee “tested positive four days after completing his 12-day roster at Pogo.”

As a precaution and in accordance with Northern Star’s COVID-19 Response Plan, the company is taking the following steps:

  • The 8 identified potential close contacts of the employee at Pogo are in self-isolation and are being transported off the site as soon as possible; another 6 potential close contact employees are on their rostered leave and have been informed of the positive test.
  • All 14 potential close contact employees will spend the next 14 days in self-isolation and the Company’s medical providers stand ready to assist should any COVID-19 symptoms develop in any of the workers or their families.
  • Comprehensive sanitation on-site is occurring.
  • The ongoing elevated hygiene and significant social isolation practices on site will continue.
  • Pogo is continuing to operate as planned.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported Monday morning six new cases of COVID-19 and three new hospitalizations in Alaska Monday, bringing the total case count to 191.

The Pogo gold mine is near Delta Junction, 145 miles southeast of Fairbanks.

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