Media Release: Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health issues local advisory linked to COVID-19 variant outbreak in Nunavut

May 31, 2021

May 31, 2021 – Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) is advising anyone who has returned to Wellington County, Dufferin County or Guelph from the Baffinland Mary River Mine site in Nunavut since April 30, 2021 to immediately begin self-isolation and contact WDGPH at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 7006 for further instruction.

A COVID-19 outbreak of the B.1.617.2 variant, first detected in India, at the Mary River Mine has been ongoing since May 2. All individuals who have returned since April 30 are considered high-risk contacts. To date, WDG Public Health is aware of three cases and seven local high-risk contacts related to the mine outbreak.

The advisory is being issued to ensure any individuals who have returned since April 30 are aware of their potential exposure to COVID-19 and that they are considered high-risk contacts. Self-isolation of all high-risk contacts and their household members is required regardless of being symptomatic, asymptomatic, vaccinated or if a negative test result was obtained prior to departing the mine. 

Self-isolation means staying home for 14 days and avoiding contact with others unless to seek medical care or to get tested. Anyone who returned more than 14 days ago and who has not yet been tested should stay in self-isolation until a negative test result is received. For more information on where to get tested and about contact tracing visit

Media Contact 

Danny Williamson 

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health 

1-800-265-7293 ext. 4376