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Gahcho Kue Mine Covid-19 case a false positive: CPHO

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photo courtesy DeBeers Canada Aerial photo of Gahcho Kue diamond mine. Sept. 10, 2016.

The presumptive positive case of Covid-19 at the Gahcho Kue Mine was confirmed as a false positive by the chief public health officer Kami Kandola Wednesday evening.

Chief public health office Kami Kandola addresses reporters during an Oct. 21 press conference.
Trevor Wright/NNSL photo

After the case received a second test in the Stanton Territorial Laboratory it came out negative after being tested on two separate devices.

"The conformity test has since come back negative, public health officials are in the process of notifying everyone who has provided advise is safe and that they can resume their day-to-day activities," said Kandola.

She added that all potential contacts who were tested also came back negative.

The presumptive positive test was identified on Wednesday morning and public health immediately began an investigation.

An additional round of testing would be conducted at Gahcho Kue on a group of people who arrived together. Results are expected on Thursday.

with files from Trevor Wright