The Tarkwa operations of Gold Fields Ghana (GFG) has confirmed two positive COVID-19 cases, but assured that the patients, a worker and his wife, are in stable conditions.
A press release from the mining giant said: “the company received the test results from the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research on May 3, 2020.”
According to the release, “The patient, who is a worker of one of our mining 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.”
Following confirmation of the case, the release continued that Gold Fields and the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal rapid response team have begun aggressive contact tracing among the workforce and within the mine 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,” the statement added.
Gold Fields noted that it has 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.
“We want to assured our employees, members of our host communities and the general public that they are on high alert and have activated our COVID-19 emergency response protocols to contain the spread of the virus in our operations as well as within our host communities.
“Production at the mine has to date not been affected. We will continue to prioritise the health and safety of our employees and the communities hosting our operations,” it said.