Following weeks of conversations with community and tribal leaders in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region, we are slowly restarting our 2020 field program as Alaska begins to open up for business. In coordination with and adherence to community travel policies, we will conduct COVID-19 testing for all employees as part of our preventative mitigation plan. Additionally, we are utilizing charters to safely deliver employees to and from camp to minimize in-region travel.
At camp, employees will undergo regular screening, have limited group sizes during meals and be required to follow social distancing best practices as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those planning to return home during their time off will be equipped with resource kits, which will include CDC guideline information, face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, hand soap, a thermometer and a daily at-home temperature check log sheet. All employees returning home will receive a COVID-19 swab test conducted by Donlin’s medical providers to ensure a negative test result before returning home as required by some village councils.
We will continue to monitor federal and state mandates in addition to maintaining strict precautions to safeguard employees and those residing along the Kuskokwim River.