COVID-19 Updates


Update: March 17, 2020

We are monitoring the situation closely and regularly.

Please note: This page will be updated regularly as the situation evolves.

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak has been assessed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a pandemic, and it continues to progress rapidly across the world.

Trevali’s actions in response to COVID-19 are guided by an overarching priority on the health and well-being of our team and the communities in which we operate and are based on guidance and directives from public health officials. The Company is complying with government directives and our own health and safety standards while maintaining business continuity to the fullest extent possible.

Trevali has taken a number of enhanced safety precautions across our operations. We have activated our Crisis Management Team and are implementing safety protocols, including travel restrictions, health screenings and increased hygiene controls in efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Under the priority outlined by health authorities of social distancing, our office personnel have been instructed to work from home where possible.

The Company continues to monitor the evolving situation at each of its properties. As of March 17, no Trevali Mining worker is known to have contracted the virus, and no mining operation has materially been impacted.

The Company has staffed critical functions and has encouraged those in non-essential roles to work from home. Trevali has suspended all non-essential travel. Further, anyone who has recently returned from travel is instructed to remain in self-isolation for a full 14 days. We also have procedures in place to move quickly to quarantine anyone who may require medical treatment or testing.

Trevali continues to monitor updates regarding international travel. Travel restrictions will continue to influence operations, in particular at locations such as the Perkoa Mine in Burkina Faso where the workforce mix consists of workers from nearby countries and abroad.

Ricus Grimbeek, President and Chief Executive Officer: “These are challenging, and rapidly evolving circumstances and we thank our workforce for their efforts and partnership in complying with these directives and modified ways of working. We will continue to follow the guidance and direction of public health officials at all of our locations and make whatever adjustments to our operations that will help further the safety of our team and the communities in which we operate.”

Summary of Actions

  • Crisis Management Team: We have activated our Rapid Response Teams at our sites and operational centres supported by our Crisis Management Team to focus on business continuity and the health and well-being of our people and the communities in which we operate.
  • Remote Working Arrangements: All office-based staff in Vancouver and Bathurst are encouraged to work from home for an initial period of two weeks.
  • Travel Restrictions: Eliminating all non-essential business travel.
  • Self-Isolation: Instituting self-isolation measures for anyone who has been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or who has travelled to a location with high or moderate risk of COVID-19.

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Update: June 26, 2020

Trevali Confirms Positive COVID-19 Cases at Santander and Temporarily Suspends Operations

Trevali regretfully announces that 19 workers at the Santander mine in Peru tested positive for COVID-19. These workers are asymptomatic and have been provided with safe and preventative quarantine. The Company has temporarily suspended operations at the mine and mill to undertake additional testing on site.

On June 23rd, prior to a roster change, 69 workers were screened with COVID-19 serological rapid tests of which 19 yielded positive results. These tests detect the presence of antibodies that have been produced in response to a COVID-19 infection. In response, all workers on site are proactively being quarantined and will be tested using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. This is the most common diagnostic test used to identify people currently infected. Additional medical professionals are being brought to the operation to provide support and to perform the testing and diagnosis. Checks on existing controls, such as physical distancing, body temperature readings, cleaning and disinfection will occur as part of the investigation. New transport options and protocols between the operation and the main areas where our workers live will also be agreed and implemented before a re-start occurs.

The Company has decided to temporarily suspend mining and milling operations to focus on the health and safety of Santander’s workforce. No timeline for the restart of operations has been defined at this time. Trevali continues to engage with the Government of Peru, local communities, and other mining companies to refine best practices in the screening and prevention of COVID-19.

The above information was distributed through news release on June 26, 2020 and can be accessed here.

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UPDATE: JULY 15, 2020

Trevali to Begin the Safe Restart of Santander

Trevali announced today that the Company has begun to safely restart operations at the Santander mine in Peru with additional COVID-19 health controls in place. Mining and milling operations were suspended on June 25th to provide COVID-19 screening for all workers after 19 workers tested positive when conducting routine testing. One individual has been admitted to intensive care due to complications related to COVID-19 and is currently in stable condition. All other workers that tested positive were asymptomatic or displayed very minor symptoms and have now completed their quarantine period. The restart of Santander is expected to take approximately two weeks to reach stable production levels.

The above information was distributed through news release on July 15, 2020 and can be accessed here.

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