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Buffalo Coal confirms positive COVID-19 testing

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Buffalo Coal has confirmed that one employee working at the processing plant based at its Coalfields site has tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee was quarantined and referred to a medical practitioner after presenting flu-like symptoms. The company received confirmation of the test results on 11 July 2020. A total of 7 employees, deemed to have had direct contact with the individual, were identified and have been requested to self-isolate in line with national health protocols and will be tested as a precaution.

All areas where the individual may have worked have subsequently been subject to a deep cleaning and sanitisation process. Some employees have been re-deployed to ensure that the Coalfields processing plant can continue to operate.

The Department of Health, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, regional health authorities, National Institute of Communicable Diseases and labour unions have been informed and engagements in this regard are ongoing.

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