Gold Fields Ghana (GFG) has confirms a positive Covid-19 case at its Tarkwa mine. The company received the test results from the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research on 3 May 2020.
The patient, who is a worker of one of the mine’s contractors, has been isolated and receiving treatment.
The worker’s wife also tested positive and has been isolated as well. The couple are in a stable condition, a statement from the mine said.
Following confirmation of the case, the statement said Gold Fields and the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal rapid response team have begun aggressive contact tracing among the workforce and within the mine’s host communities.
“Samples of work colleagues who have been identified through the ongoing contact tracing exercise have been taken. These employees are also undergoing self-isolation for 14 days”.
“We have also tracked the employee’s movement over the past few weeks, and together with the municipal team are tracing other people with whom he may have come into contact within the Tarkwa community,” it said.
Production at the mine has to date not been affected, the statement added.