COVID-19 testing at Kensington Mine finds ‘approximately 25’ positive cases

A mine vehicle enters the Kensington Portal on Oct. 15, 2019.
A mine vehicle enters the Kensington Portal on Oct. 15, 2019. It’s one of two accesses for a network of about 28 miles of underground tunnels. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/CoastAlaska)

More than two dozen people have tested positive for COVID-19 at Juneau’s Kensington Mine, representatives of the remote mine said Sunday.

Testing of about 250 people at the mine site yielded “approximately 25 cases,” according to the company.

“Approximately half of the positive cases are exhibiting mild symptoms and the remainder are asymptomatic,” Coeur Alaska spokeswoman Jan Trigg said in a statement. “The health and safety of our people, families, communities, and contractors remains our top priority, and we are committed to help stop the spread of COVID-19.”

The workers who tested positive and their close contacts have been moved off the mine site. They are now isolating at a Juneau hotel until cleared by medical providers, the company said.

Coeur Alaska quarantines its workers for one week before testing them for COVID-19. After receiving a negative test, employees work on site for four weeks.

Kensington Mine is only accessible by air and water. It is one of the largest private sector employers in Southeast Alaska, with nearly 400 people on its payroll.

Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska

Jacob Resneck is CoastAlaska's regional news director based in Juneau. CoastAlaska is our partner in Southeast Alaska. KTOO collaborates with partners across the state to cover important news and to share stories with our audiences.

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