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Impala aims for late May production restart at Lac des Iles Mine

The operators of a northwestern Ontario palladium mine, that experienced a worker death from COVID-19, have tentative plans to come out of lockdown and resume operations by month's end. Impala Canada said it's taking a phased approach towards returning to full production at the remote Lac des Iles Mine, 90 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, as the company begins a recall of workers...The company and local health authorities had to perform extensive contact tracing, and even isolate some workers in a Thunder Bay hotel, after an outbreak of the virus in early April that eventually topped 25 positive cases..."Our co-workers feel well, have recovered, and are no longer in isolation," according to an emailed reply from an Impala Canada spokesperson. One employee died in late April from COVID-19 complications due to underlying health conditions, the company said...The company stressed in an email that each phase will only be executed "when we are confident it is safe to do so," through consultation with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and a number of provincial and federal regulators and health agencies...

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