Rio Tinto have confirmed a small number of contractors staying at Cherratta Lodge have tested positive to COVID-19. A Rio Tinto spokesperson said there are currently a small number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 among contract partners who were staying at Cherratta Lodge in Karratha and working in the region. The spokesperson said all positive cases were now isolating. “Our contract partners are working with their teams to identify and inform close contacts,” they said. “Department of Health is also undertaking community contact tracing and community members will be notified by the Department if they need to isolate and get tested or monitor for symptoms.” The spokesperson said Rio Tinto will increase to a daily testing regime for all residents at Cherratta who are working on a Rio Tinto site. “We are working with the DoH to provide the necessary support and resources to the community where required,” they said. “WA Health is in the process of completing contact tracing and will update their website. “Positive COVID-19 cases in our workforce are not unexpected given the rising case numbers across WA. We have been preparing for this scenario and have a range of protocols in place to respond, based on the level of risk.” Meanwhile WA reported 263 new COVID cases on February 22, including 258 local infections while the number of hospitalisations increase to three. It comes after positive cases were detected at mining camps across the Pilbara last week. On February 17, Newcrest Mining revealed it was responding to a positive case at its Telfer gold mine in the East Pilbara and last week Rio reported a positive case at its Tom Price iron ore mine.