COVID-19: Golden Star worker tests positive


Golden Star Resources Ltd. (NYSE American: GSS; TSX: GSC; GSE: GSR) has said one of its team members at the Prestea mine site has tested positive for COVID-19 following the person’s referral to the Ghana Health Service (GHS) after experiencing mild symptoms.

So far, the number of COVID-19 cases in Ghana has reached 5,530. Also, the number of recoveries has risen to 674.

Meanwhile, the death toll remains at 24. The Greater Accra Region remains the hotspot of the country.

The affected Golden Star team member was tested and samples were processed at the government-accredited testing facility in Takoradi and now remains in isolation with very mild symptoms.

Following an extensive contact-tracing exercise, all potentially affected Prestea personnel have followed the government and company protocols, including reporting for screening and testing as required, as well as subsequent isolation.

In a statement, Golden Star said the safety and wellbeing of “our employees and contractors are paramount”, adding: “We continue to proactively implement COVID-19 prevention and management controls across the business while providing available leadership, education and support to our host communities”.

“To date, we have not witnessed any material impact on production relating to the COVID-19 pandemic”, the miner said, noting: “As reported in our Q1 2020 financial results, the supply chains at the Wassa and Prestea mines have not been detrimentally impacted and both operations continue, as does the export and sale of gold doré”.

Golden Star is an established gold mining company that owns and operates the Wassa and Prestea underground mines in Ghana, West Africa.

Listed on the NYSE American, the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Ghanaian Stock Exchange, Golden Star is focused on delivering strong margins and free cash flow from its two underground mines.

Gold production guidance for 2020 is 195,000-210,000 ounces at a cash operating cost per ounce (please refer to the Non-GAAP Financial Measures disclaimer) of US$790-US$850.

As the winner of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada 2018 Environmental and Social Responsibility Award, Golden Star remains committed to leaving a positive and sustainable legacy in its areas of operation.



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