Base and precious metals miner Rambler Mining has urged its employees and contractors to be vaccinated against Covid-19, stating that vaccination rates in the region around its mine in Baie Verte, Canada, were substantially lower than the provincial and national averages.
About 7% of the company’s 280-strong workforce is currently in mandatory isolation, which has resulted in minor production and development delays, owing to the nonavailability of workers on certain shifts.
The miner said that further impacts were expected in the next few weeks during the isolation period.
Rambler last week implemented Covid rapid testing for all employees who come to work at the Ming mine, with about 250 tests having been administered this far.
The Newfoundland and Labrador acting chief medical officer of health said on Friday that the “fourth wave has reached the province’s shores”. On Friday, the province had 109 active cases of Covid-19 – the highest case count since March.