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COVID-19 outbreak causes death at Brucejack

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(Kitco News) - CBC reported today that one person has died in relation to a COVID-19 outbreak at the Brucejack gold mine in northwestern B.C., according to the local health authority.

Northern Health confirmed the death on Monday. It said there have been 51 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in connection with the outbreak to date, an increase of 42 since the previous update on February 19.

Only one of those cases is currently considered active and the patient is self-isolating, the authority said. The outbreak began with 22 cases on February 11.

CBC added that the mine, run by Pretivm Resources, employs just under 500 people and is located north of Stewart. Restrictions on travel to and from the work camp were lifted after site-wide testing found that the large majority of positive cases were linked to a single, "limited" cluster.

The mine has produced 1,142,344 ounces of gold since it began commercial operation in July 2017.

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