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Rio Tinto introduced COVID-19 testing at Diavik diamond mine

12 may 2020

As an extra precautionary measure to protect employees and community members, Rio Tinto is introducing COVID-19 testing at its Diavik diamond mine in Northwest Territories, Canada. 

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Image credit: Rio Tinto


Not for profit public health experts GuardRX have installed an on-site laboratory at Diavik to conduct a testing program for employees and contractors using nasopharyngeal swabs.
The program is being implemented in collaboration with the Chief Public Health Officer of the Northwest Territories, with all personnel tested on arrival at Diavik and before leaving to return home.
Diavik Chief Operating Officer Richard Storrie said, “We are committed to doing everything we can to protect our people and communities, and this testing will add a further layer to the robust precautionary measures we already have in place at Diavik.”

Alex Shishlo, Editor of the Rough&Polished European Bureau