CFCJ News spoke with New Gold Inc. about their experience using Proximity Trace at their New Afton mine.
New Gold mine west of Kamloops has implemented a unique contact-tracing device that is already paying dividends as it deals with a small number of COVID-19 cases.
There have been seven COVID cases at the New Afton site in the last three months. Since December, every employee has had their own fob-like device that beeps when they get within six feet of each other. The device was developed by Triax Technologies in April, tracing close contacts if and when someone has contracted the virus.
“We really identified a gap and really wanted to assess every single high-risk case we had, so that’s why we went to the contact-tracing wearables,” said New Gold’s fire chief and emergency response coordinator Jared Moe. “They allow us to identify every single high-risk contact that a positive confirmed COVID case has on site, then isolate those people to prevent any spread we would have on site.”