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Kirkland Lake Gold (ASX:KLA) - President and CEO, Tony Makuch - The Market Herald
President and CEO, Tony Makuch
Sourced: Mining Weekly
  • Kirkland Lake Gold (KLA) says one of its employees has tested positive for COVID-19
  • The employee was working at the Detour Lake Mine in Ontario between March 12 and March 16 and was sent home after presenting with symptoms
  • The company was later notified that the individual tested positive on March 28
  • Consequently, Kirkland Lake is now medically assessing all employees who had contact with the individual
  • Kirkland released the news on the company website but is yet to lodge a market announcement to the ASX
  • Kirkland Lake Gold is down 3.28 per cent, trading for $50.48 on the Australian Securities Exchange at 11:53 am AEDT

Kirkland Lake Gold (KLA) has reported that one of its employees has tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee worked at the Detour Lake Gold Mine site from March 12, began showing symptoms around March 14, and was removed from the mine site two days later.

However, the employee did not return a positive test until late last week. The company was informed last Friday and has been in collateral control since then.

All employees at the site have been informed of the confirmed case and have been advised to self-monitor closely.

Kirkland released the news on the company website but is yet to loge a market announcement to the ASX.

Watch and hope

As of March 30, it will be two weeks since the confirmed case was onsite. As two weeks is the believed period of incubation for the virus, hopefully any other transmitted cases would make themselves known by this point.

However, some infected persons report mild or no symptoms, meaning the risk of reinfection after this date is still possible.

The company has already reduced staff heavily at the site to mitigate the risk posed by the pandemic. As of last week, the Detour Lake mine had reduced its staff to 300 and was suspending all non-essential operations until April 30.

In an attempt to limit the chance of further exposure to the virus, the company has reassessed its health protocol moving forward.

Renewed health protocols

The protocols were reviewed by the Porcupine Health Unit, a local medical support organisation, who visited the site over the weekend. 

Furthermore, Porcupine Health are currently assessing all employees who had sustained contact with the individual who tested positive.

In a statement made last week, company President and CEO Tony Makuch said it was not possible to know the full impact this pandemic will have on Kirkland's 2020 guidance.

Kirkland Lake has not said whether a confirmed case will affect the length of its operational reduction.

Kirkland Lake Gold is down 3.28 per cent, trading for $50.48 on the Australian Securities Exchange at 11:53 am AEDT.


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