A contract employee that worked at the Barkerville Gold Mine site in Wells has tested positive for Covid-19.

The company says the employee tested positive offsite on July 31st.

Barkerville Gold found out from a Northern Health official the individual could have been infectious while at the Wells camp from July 26th to the 28th.

The individual had 6 close contacts within the exploration group, but none within Wells.

Northern Health has advised the close contacts to self-isolate for 14 days and get tested for Covid-19 if symptoms develop.

As a precaution, Barkerville Gold Mines has temporarily shut down its drilling program until further notice.

with files from George Henderson, MyCaribooNow.com